Richard L. Kaplan : Medicare for All vs. Medicare As Is: Eight Key Differences (September 17, 2021)

Richard L. Kaplan, of the University of Illinois College of Law, has made available for download his article, “Medicare for All vs. Medicare As Is: Eight Key Differences”, published in the Journal of Aging Law & Policy. The abstract is as follows:

This article examines eight principal differences between the Medicare-for-All proposal championed by Senator Sanders, inter alia, and the Medicare program as it actually exists. In doing so, the article shows how the current program bears little resemblance to what the Medicare-for-All proponents are trying to enact. Those key differences include: (1) Medicare is a real program, (2) Medicare is only health care financing, (3) Medicare is an earned entitlement, (4) Medicare is not a simple program, (5) Medicare has a significant co-insurance component, (6) Medicare’s financing relies on non-Medicare enrollees, (7) Medicare’s coverage of long-term care is minimal, and (8) Medicare can accommodate expansion without major disruption. The article concludes that the differences between Medicare as it is and Medicare-for-All are too significant to elide and may make the effort to enact Medicare-for All less likely to succeed.

To see the full article, click: Medicare for All vs. Medicare As Is: Eight Key Differences by Richard L. Kaplan

Posted by Isabella King, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal

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