Senior House Democrats’ New Bill Ramps Up the Medicare Expansion Debate

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Earlier this week, Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced legislation, the Medicare for America Act, that would greatly expand Medicare coverage while maintaining employer-sponsored health insurance for those who have it and want to keep that coverage, employers would have an option to pay for their employees to be in the new system.

Under the proposal Medicare plan beneficiaries would still be required to pay premiums and insurance deductibles however, those costs would be capped, with premiums set at a maximum of 9.69 percent of the individual’s income. The plans would also be required to cover prescription drugs, dental, vision, and hearing services, as well as long-term supports and services for seniors and Americans with disabilities.

The bill is funded by phasing out the GOP tax cuts put in place last year as well as creating a 5 percent capital gains tax on high income earners, raising Medicare payroll and net investment income taxes, and increasing taxes on goods like tobacco, beer, liquor and sugar-sweetened drinks. Additionally, states would be required to pay into the system.

Click here for the legislation, and here for a summary.


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