Coalition to air anti-Medicare for All ads during Democratic debates

A coalition of hospitals, insurance companies and drugmakers that oppose "Medicare for All" will air national television ads blasting the proposal during this week's Democratic primary debates. 

Partnership for America's Health Care Future, which is funded by influential health care groups like PhRMA, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association, will air the ads Tuesday and Wednesday nights as part of a six-figure television and digital campaign targeting the proposal and other expansions of Medicare. 

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Medicare for All is likely to be a big focus in both debates, as its author, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.), is one of the top tier candidates running for president.

His plan is also backed at least in part by other Democratic presidential candidates including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (N.Y), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? MORE (Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Biden fights for attention in coronavirus news cycle Lawmakers already planning more coronavirus stimulus after T package MORE (N.Y.)

In the ad, actors say they don't want to be "forced" into a "one-size fits all government insurance system.

It targets not just Sanders's proposal, but the public option plan put forth by Democratic front-runner and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' MORE

Sanders's plan would move the U.S. to a single-payer health care system run by the government, virtually eliminating all private insurance. 

Biden's plan would keep the current system, but add a government-run public option to compete with private insurance companies. 

Both plans are fiercely opposed by insurance companies, hospitals and drugmakers who would see profit losses. 

The ads argue the plans would lead to "higher taxes and higher premiums" and "lower quality care." 

“Rather than handing more control over to politicians and bureaucrats, we should build and improve upon what’s working in American health care, while coming together to fix what isn’t," said Lauren Crawford Shaver, the Partnership’s executive director.

Sanders, who will be on the debate stage Tuesday night, often blasts the health care industry's "greed" in defending his Medicare for All plan. 

"We cannot continue to allow private health insurance companies to make massive profits by denying care to those that need it," Sanders tweeted Monday. "That is fundamentally immoral and that is why we need Medicare for all."