Forget Obamacare, 'Medicare for All' is IN 💉

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Trump says Democrats = Socialists

In an op-ed published in USA Today, President Trump railed against Democratic proposals to offer Medicare to all Americans (not just senior citizens). Trump alleged that Democrats want to take Medicare benefits away from seniors and have become “radical socialists who want to model America’s economy after Venezuela.”

What is “Medicare for All”?

It's basically true universal healthcare that goes above and beyond Obamacare. “Medicare for All” would establish a single-payer healthcare system driven by a central government entity. Medicare would cover ALL Americans, expand coverage to include dental, vision, and other services, and eliminate copays and deductibles for seniors.


ThinkProgress: Trump writes laughably false op-ed about Medicare for All

Vox: Trump’s USA Today op-ed on health care is an absurd tissue of lies

The left 
sees Trump’s op-ed as a scare tactic meant to help Republicans in the midterms. They say the article is filled with falsehoods and goes against Trump's campaign promise: “we’re going to have insurance for everybody.” Trump’s op-ed says the plan would reduce benefits for seniors, which the left says is factually inaccurate. The left also points out that 70% of Americans support Medicare for All.


Washington Examiner: Trump is right: There's no possible way we can afford 'Medicare for all'

Washington Times: Trump trashes 'Medicare for All' as doorway to socialist America

The right
 echoes Trump’s characterization of the Democrats as “socialist” and “extreme”. The right is primarily concerned with the high costs of a Medicare for All program. They also believe it would add more stress on healthcare providers since Medicare pays doctors and hospitals less for care than private insurance does.

Is the op-ed misleading?

The left is correct about one thing: the president lied in his op-ed. To rebut just one claim Trump made, Medicare-for-All would not give seniors fewer benefits - it would give them more benefits. Trump is right, however, about the Democrats moving further left on healthcare. Medicare-for-All is more "socialist" than Obamacare - but to say that Democrats want to “model the American economy after Venezuela” is misleading. 

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