The hearing focused on proposals to establish a national, single-payer health insurance program. Opposition to the “Medicare for All Act” will be a priority for Big “I” members during the Legislative Conference.
Earlier this week, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing to evaluate whether reforms are needed to expand access to affordable health care by adopting policies to provide universal coverage.
The hearing featured testimony from patient advocates who have chronic health conditions, doctors and academic experts. The hearing focused on proposals to establish a national, single-payer health insurance program, such as Rep. Pramila Jayapal's (D-Washington) H.R. 1976, the "Medicare for All Act." Rep. Jayapal's legislation already includes nearly 121 Democratic cosponsors.
Opposition to Rep. Jayapal's Medicare for All Act will be a priority for Big “I" members during the association's annual Legislative Conference to be held April 27-29 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel. The legislation would replace the current, employer-sponsored healthcare system and force all Americans into a one-size-fits-all government-run program.
The Big “I" continues to defend the employer-sponsored health care system and when agents meet with their members of Congress at the end of April, they will argue that Congress must protect the more than 180 million Americans who receive insurance through an employer.
Health care proposals, such as a public option or Medicare for All, would do irreparable damage to the employer-sponsored market and significantly change the way most Americans receive their health insurance.
Wyatt Stewart is Big “I" assistant vice president of federal government affairs.