What does Medicare-for-All really mean? 

Here's a summary of the proposed concepts: universal coverage, public option and expansion.

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Published February 11, 2019

 

You may have heard the phrase “Medicare-for-All,” but what does it really mean? The best answer is that it means something different to different people. Medicare-for-All is generally a concept embraced by some Democratic politicians that would change our healthcare system. To some, Medicare-for-All would be a universal program whereby every American had insurance coverage through Medicare. To some, Medicare-for-All would create a public health plan option and allow people to buy into that program. To some, Medicare-for-All would be an expansion of Medicare allowing people to receive coverage at an earlier age, such as age 55. And to others, it could mean something completely different. Below is a high-level summary of some Medicare-for-All proposals that have been proposed in the past: