Fact-checking that Trump op-ed in USA Today

By Glenn Kessler | Washington Post

President Donald Trump wrote an opinion article for USA Today on Oct. 10 regarding proposals to expand Medicare to all Americans – known as Medicare-For-All — in which almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood.

Many of these are claims we have already debunked. Presumably the president is aware of our fact checks – he even links to one – but chose to ignore the facts in service of a campaign-style op-ed. Medicare-For-All is a complex subject, and serious questions could be raised about the cost and how a transition from today’s health-care system would be financed. Trump correctly notes that studies have estimated the program – under the version promoted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. – would add $36 trillion in costs to the federal government over 10 years.

But this is not a serious effort to debate the issue. So as a reader service, we offer a guide through Trump’s rhetoric.

“Throughout the year, we have seen Democrats across the country uniting around a new legislative proposal that would end Medicare as we know it and take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives.”

Sanders has unveiled a plan he calls “Medicare-for-all.” Essentially, it is a single-payer plan. That means all of the bills would be paid by one entity – the federal government – in contrast to the hodgepodge health-care system now in place. Medicare, the health-care system for the elderly and disabled, is a federal single-payer plan, but people under the age of 65 get insurance from employers, through the individual market (Obamacare) or through Medicaid, the federal-state health system for the poor.

Sanders says he would first improve Medicare for seniors and the disabled by first eliminating deductibles and covering dental, vision and hearing aids, which are not covered …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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