The Partnership for America's Health Care Future launched the first in a series of explainer videos this week on the potential impact of “Medicare for All” on the existing American healthcare system. The videos are part of a six-figure campaign slated to run this year, including an initial run aimed at federal policymakers on digital platforms over the next three weeks. They encourage meaningful reforms to the nation’s healthcare system that preserve market-based, employer-provided healthcare rather than attempting to implement a disruptive one-size-fits-all system. NAHU is a member of the Partnership, which includes industry stakeholders opposed to Medicare-for-All or similar single-payer programs and committed to delivering affordability, expanding options, improving access, and fostering innovation in the healthcare system.The initial video launched on Thursday, “Working Together,” provides a general overview of the American healthcare system and how the existing public programs work together with market-based, employer-provided healthcare to cover 289 million Americans. It highlights many of the coverage gains that have been made in recent years, while acknowledging the issues of increasing costs and limited access. The video discusses ongoing calls to scrap the existing healthcare system and replace it with a one-size-fits-all government-run plan, and how it would result in fewer choices, a lower quality of care, and cost trillions in new taxes. It instead advocates improving what’s working and fix what’s broken and to support programs that would lower costs, increase access and patient choice, and improve quality.
NAHU is committed to preserving the private health insurance market amid growing concerns by consumers over increasing instability, premiums and cost-sharing, and decreasing choices. As frustrations with these conditions continue, it has led to a growing interest in some version of a single-payer healthcare system, either through incremental approaches such as a public option or Medicare or Medicaid buy-in, or a more sweeping federal takeover of the entire healthcare system to implement a single standardized government-run plan. The growing interest is particularly evident in the dramatic increase in support of “Medicare for All” legislation at the federal level, in addition to more incremental proposals, such as Medicare Part E, Medicare-X, or the various state Public Option plans that have attracted similar levels of interest among Democratic legislators.
These proposals are effectively precluded from being enacted under the current Republican controlled Senate and Trump Administration. However, as national politics and representation in Congress changes, it could be possible for future policymakers to turn towards these policies. Among the Partnership’s priorities is to educate the general public, current and future policymakers on the implications of enacting such policies and the detriment they could have on consumer choice. As a member of the Partnership, NAHU is actively advocating on behalf of your clients and the private health insurance market, and we will continue to advocate on the important role of health insurance agents, brokers, and consultants in providing valued guidance to understanding the choices available in the private market.