Buttigieg unveils Medicare plan preserving private insurance

Buttigieg unveils Medicare plan preserving private insurance
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE released a health care platform Thursday that would expand Medicare coverage while allowing Americans to keep their private health insurance plans.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor's "Medicare for All Who Want It" would aim to achieve universal coverage by introducing a public option and increasing subsidies for private insurance.

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The plan emphasizes choice to differentiate itself from the "Medicare for All" plan supported by more liberal White House hopefuls, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE (D-Mass.), and more closely resembles former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE's proposal.

“For years, Washington politicians have allowed the pharmaceutical industry, giant insurance companies, and powerful hospital systems to profit off of people when they are at their sickest and most vulnerable,” Buttigieg said in a statement.

"My ‘Medicare for All Who Want It’ plan will create a health care system that puts power in the hands of each American.”

Uninsured Americans would automatically be enrolled into the government insurance plan, while those with employer-provided insurance would be able to opt in.

The health care proposal also includes measures to address surprise billing and an out-of-pocket spending cap for Medicare.

After amassing impressive fundraising totals and surprising a Democratic primary full of more well-known politicians, Buttigieg has consistently been polling in single digits in national and early state surveys.