Insurers rail against Sanders health-care plan

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The main insurer trade group issued a strongly worded statement against “Medicare for all” ahead of the release of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) single-payer health-care plan.

“Whether it’s called single-payer or Medicare For All, government-controlled health care cannot work,” David Merritt, executive vice president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, said in a statement Wednesday.

“It will eliminate choice, undermine quality, put a chill on medical innovation, and place an even heavier burden on hardworking taxpayers.”

{mosads}The statement touted private market solutions, saying that about one-third of Medicare beneficiaries buy coverage from a private health plan and that 39 states are working with private health plans to service a majority of those on Medicaid.

“The most effective way to ensure affordable care and coverage is to strengthen the private market’s ability to serve the American people, whether it’s building upon private plans serving nearly 180 million people who get their coverage through their employer or the tens of millions who depend on private plans that partner with public programs,” Merritt wrote.

Sanders will introduce his “Medicare for all” bill Wednesday afternoon. It’s already netted 16 co-sponsors, a big difference from 2013, when his plan didn’t attract a single backer.

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