Find Out Why You Should Support Medicare for All

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Blue

 

The major Democratic contenders endorse some form of Medicare for all. Here are the current legislative bills: 


S.1129 - Medicare for All Act of 2019- B. Sanders & 14 co-sponsors


H.R. 1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019- P. Jayapal & 118 co-sponsors

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Red

Opposite of Medicare for All = Medicare for fewer.


According to the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget (released in March, 2019) reduces Medicare spending by an additional $515-$575 billion dollars. Recall during the campaign, he promised not to touch Medicare.


  • This reduction includes moving/reducing payments for uncompensated care to “more closely align Medicare policy with that of private insurers (who do no cover any uncompensated care). 


  • The President also proposes more cuts in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments. (Previous cuts in this program led directly to the closure of the following KS and MO hospitals since 2010.)


o Central Kansas Medical Center (Great Bend, KS)

o Horton Community Hospital KS

o Mercy Hospital Fort Scott KS

o Mercy Hospital Independence KS

o Oswego Community Hospital KS

o Parkland Health Center-Weber Road (Farmington, MO)

o Sac-Osage Hospital (Osceola, MO)

o Southeast Health Center of Reynolds County (Ellington, MO)

o Southeast Health Center of Ripley County (Doniphan, MO)

o Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center (Kennett, MO)


There are no current estimates about how many additional closures we can expect with this Trump budget, but about 30% of rural hospitals in Kansas are at risk.