Implications of “Medicare for All” and “Public Plan” Strategies: New Brief and Interactive Tool Summarize Legislative Proposals and Key Issues

The idea of expanding the role of government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid has received renewed attention on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail this year as policymakers consider ways to expand health insurance coverage and moderate health care costs.

Lawmakers have introduced eight such proposals in the current Congress. They range from bills that would create a new, all-encompassing national health insurance program (sometimes called “Medicare-for-All”) to less sweeping measures that would create a new public plan option to supplement private sources of coverage and existing public programs.

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