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The researches  find that The health care debate has Democrats on Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trail facing renewed pressure. Because Obamacare advocates have found a powerful ally in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; therefore who in a recent “60 Minutes” appearance said that concentrating on the health law is preferable to Medicare for All.

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She argued that since the ACA’s “benefits are better” than those of the existing Medicare program; implementing Medicare for All would mean changing major provisions of current Medicare; which covers people 65 and up as well as those with disabilities. This talking point one Pelosi has used before seems tailor-made for the party’s establishment.

It’s politically palatable among moderates who believe that defending the ACA’s popular provisions; such as protecting coverage for those with preexisting conditions, fueled the Democrats’ House takeover in 2018. Progressive Democrats argue that the time has come to advance a far more disruptive policy; one that guarantees health care to all Americans. Because Those dynamics were on full display on Capitol Hill; as recently as an April 30 Medicare for All hearing.

ACA’s popular provisions

But this binary view Medicare (and, for argument’s sake, Medicare for All) versus Obamacare oversimplifies the issues and distracts from the policy proposals. “It’s sort of a silly argument;” said Robert Berenson, a health policy analyst at the Urban Institute; of Pelosi’s talking point. “She’s trying to argue the Affordable Care Act needs to be defended, and Medicare for All is a diversion.”

As the debate continues, one point should be clear: Medicare for All would not look like the ACA or like Medicare today. Instead, it or any other single-payer system  would drastically change how Americans get health care. Medicare for All is complicated; analysts noted, and the phrase is often deployed to mean different things, depending on who is speaking.

Majority of health plans

What’s clear is that the “Medicare” described in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) legislation the flagship Medicare for All proposal would create a health program far more generous thanc current benefit; or even the vast majority of health plans made available through the ACA. Sanders relied heavily on this concept during his 2016 Democratic presidential primary run and recently introduced an updated version in the Senate.
To be fair, though, Sanders also sometimes blurs the lines between the programs. In a May 5 appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos;” he used existing Medicare as part of his sales pitch: “Medicare right now is the most popular health insurance program in the country,” he said. “But it only applies to people 65 years of age or older. All that I want to do is expand Medicare over a four-year period to cover every man, woman and child in this country.”