Speaker Pelosi: 'How do you pay' for single-payer?

Morgan Haefner - Print  | 

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., didn't outright dismiss the possibility of a single-payer health plan in an interview with Rolling Stone, she questioned how the proposal would be paid for, according to The Hill.

"Medicare for All" proposals are emerging as a key point of debate on the 2020 trail. Most recently, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., unveiled a bill Feb. 26 aimed at instating a Medicare for All health insurance system, which would replace private health plans with a government option.

After the bill was released, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released an analysis stating that Medicare for All policies could cost the federal government between $28 trillion and $32 trillion over a decade.

Of single-payer, Ms. Pelosi told Rolling Stone, "That is, administratively, the simplest thing to do, but to convert to it? Thirty trillion dollars. Now, how do you pay for that?"

She also spoke against upending the ACA: "All I want is the goal of every American having access to healthcare. You don't get there by dismantling the Affordable Care Act," she said, according to the report.

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