5 updates on 'Medicare for All' debate

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., is the latest Democrat to unveil a bill aimed at instating a "Medicare for All" health insurance system, according to NBC News.

Ms. Jayapal's single-payer bill proposes replacing existing private and public coverage with a Medicare option that covers medical services, vision and dental without premiums, copays or deductibles. The bill, which has 107 sponsors, doesn't outline how the proposal would be paid for.

The Medicare for All debate is emerging as a key topic on the 2020 trail, according to NBC News. Here are four other updates on the Medicare for All debate:

1. Healthcare lobbies against 'Medicare for All': 3 things to know
Several healthcare groups, including the American Hospital Association and Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, have joined coalitions that oppose "Medicare for All" plans.

2. Sen. Kamala Harris backs ending private insurance for 'Medicare for All' option
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said she supports "Medicare for All" policies during a CNN town hall Jan. 28, and would consider ending private health insurance.

3. Nearly half of adults don't know what 'Medicare for All' is, NORC survey finds
Almost half — 46 percent — of adults aren't familiar with "Medicare for All" proposals, according to a survey from NORC at the University of Chicago.

4. AHA CEO Rick Pollack: 'Medicare for All' proposals may harm patient care
Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, cautioned against "Medicare for All" proposals in a Feb. 22 blog post, writing that such legislation "could do more harm than good to patient care."

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