‘Medi­care for All’ would hurt ev­ery­one

Pres­i­dent: I’m fight­ing hard on Democrats’ plan

USA TODAY International Edition - - OPINION - Don­ald J. Trump

Democrats across the coun­try are em­brac­ing a new leg­isla­tive pro­posal that would end Medi­care as we know it and take away ben­e­fits that se­niors have paid for their en­tire lives. Dis­hon­estly called “Medi­care for All,” the Demo­cratic pro­posal would es­tab­lish a govern­ment-run, sin­gle-payer health care sys­tem that elim­i­nates pri­vate and em­ployer-based health care plans and cost an as­ton­ish­ing $32.6 tril­lion over 10 years. As a can­di­date, I promised that we would pro­tect cov­er­age for pa­tients with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions and cre­ate new health care in­sur­ance op­tions that would lower pre­mi­ums. I have kept that prom­ise, and we are now see­ing health in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums com­ing down. I also made a solemn prom­ise to our great se­niors to pro­tect Medi­care. That is why I am fight­ing so hard against the Democrats’ plan that would evis­cer­ate Medi­care. Democrats have al­ready harmed se­niors by slash­ing Medi­care by more than $800 bil­lion to pay for Oba­macare. The Democrats’ plan means that af­ter a life of hard work and sacri­fice, se­niors would no longer be able to de­pend on the ben­e­fits they were promised. By elim­i­nat­ing Medi­care as a pro­gram for se­niors, and out­law­ing the abil­ity of Amer­i­cans to en­roll in pri­vate and em­ployer-based plans, the Demo­cratic plan would in­evitably lead to the mas­sive ra­tioning of health care. Doc­tors and hos­pi­tals would be put out of busi­ness. Se­niors would lose ac­cess to their fa­vorite doc­tors. There would be long lines. Pre­vi­ously cov­ered care would ef­fec­tively be de­nied. In prac­tice, the Demo­cratic Party’s so-called Medi­care for All would re­ally be Medi­care for None. Un­der the Democrats’ plan, to­day’s Medi­care would be forced to die. The first thing the Demo­cratic plan will do to end choice for se­niors is elim­i­nate Medi­care Ad­van­tage plans for about 20 mil­lion se­niors as well as elim­i­nate other pri­vate health plans that se­niors cur­rently use to sup­ple­ment their Medi­care cov­er­age. Next, the Democrats would elim­i­nate vir­tu­ally ev­ery Amer­i­can’s pri­vate and em­ployer-based health plan. It is right there in their pro­posed leg­is­la­tion. Amer­i­cans might think that such an ex­treme, anti-se­nior, anti-choice and anti-con­sumer pro­posal for govern­ment-run health care would find lit­tle sup­port among Democrats in Congress. Un­for­tu­nately, they would be wrong: 123 Democrats in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives as well as 15 Se­nate Democrats co-spon­sored this leg­is­la­tion. Demo­cratic nom­i­nees for gov­er­nor in Florida, Cal­i­for­nia and Mary­land are all cam­paign­ing in sup­port, as are many Demo­cratic con­gres­sional can­di­dates. If Democrats win con­trol of Congress this No­vem­ber, we will come dan­ger­ously closer to so­cial­ism in Amer­ica. Ev­ery sin­gle cit­i­zen will be harmed by such a rad­i­cal shift in Amer­i­can cul­ture and life. Vir­tu­ally every­where it has been tried, so­cial­ism has brought suf­fer­ing, mis­ery and de­cay. In­deed, the Democrats’ com­mit­ment to govern­ment-run health care is all the more men­ac­ing to our se­niors and our econ­omy when paired with some Democrats’ ab­so­lute com­mit­ment to end en­force­ment of our im­mi­gra­tion laws by abol­ish­ing Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment. That means mil­lions more would cross our bor­ders il­le­gally and take ad­van­tage of health care paid for by Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers. To­day’s Demo­cratic Party is for open-bor­ders so­cial­ism. This rad­i­cal agenda would de­stroy Amer­i­can pros­per­ity. Un­der its vi­sion, costs will spi­ral out of con­trol. Taxes will sky­rocket. And Democrats will seek to slash bud­gets for se­niors’ Medi­care, So­cial Se­cu­rity and de­fense. Repub­li­cans be­lieve that a Medi­care pro­gram that was cre­ated for se­niors and paid for by se­niors their en­tire lives should al­ways be pro­tected and pre­served. I am com­mit­ted to res­o­lutely de­fend­ing Medi­care and So­cial Se­cu­rity from the rad­i­cal Demo­cratic Party. For the sake of our coun­try, our pros­per­ity, our se­niors and all Amer­i­cans — this is a fight we must win. Don­ald J. Trump is the 45th pres­i­dent of the United States.

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