Payer Roundup—Moderate Democrats push back on 'Medicare for All'

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Centrists are pushing back on a new bill that would establish a single-payer health system, plus more insurance news. (Pixabay)

Moderate Democrats push back on 'Medicare for All'

Moderate House Democrats are fighting back against the progressives’ proposal of “Medicare for All.”

Top Democrats fear a political pushback in the upcoming 2020 elections if liberals continue to push funding for abortion and the elimination of private health insurance. Until now, leaders have been trying to avoid an interparty clash, so have agreed to hold hearings on the Medicare for All proposal.

“There’s got to be a sense of order and priorities that have been out there in the campaign: Reducing drug prices, strengthen the ACA, all of that,” Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., said.“Those are consensus items because we not only campaigned on them, it was the No. 1 issue in every single congressional district.” (Politico)

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Kansas Farm Bureau pushes for ACA exemption

The Kansas Farm Bureau has pushed a bill to the legislature with hopes that it can provide its members with healthcare coverage exempt from the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Senate Bill 32 aims to help members who work on farms but aren’t at an income level to qualify for subsidies. As a result, some families are spending between 30% and 40% of their annual income on premiums and deductibles. 

Currently, there are nine other organizations in Kansas that have ACA exemption. As a result, KFB would be required to issue coverage to all members, even those with pre-existing conditions. (The Hutchinson News)

Bill proposes co-pays, premiums for Ohio Medicaid

A new bill in the Ohio state Senate seeks to add premiums and co-payments for certain services in Ohio's Medicaid program.

However, the proposal doesn't include specific costs for these payments. Its sponsor, Republican Sen. David Burke, said that was the intention.

"It's meant to start a discussion," Burke said.

He said co-pays would be low, for example $5, and that premiums would be on a sliding scale. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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