Former Democratic Rep. John Delaney said that Medicare for all would result in every hospital closing in response to a question about free health care for everyone Wednesday evening during the 2020 Democratic debate.
Delaney has come out with a plan for universal health insurance, but does not consider it to be “Medicare-for-all.” The former health care financier has been quick to say that it is not “Medicare-for-all.” He said Wednesday evening that a system like that would close every single hospital.
“I think we should be the party that keeps what’s working and fixes what’s broken,” Delaney said. “We should give everyone in this country health care as a basic human right for free, full stop. But we should also give them the option to buy private insurance.”
“If you go to any hospital in this country and ask them one question, ‘how would it have been for you last year if every one of your bills were paid at the Medicare rate,” Delaney continued. “Every single hospital administrator said they would close…to some extent we are basically supporting a bill that would have every hospital close.”
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