Bernie Sanders' new bill expands Medicare for all, but leaves out specifics on cost


But the Vermont independent’s description of the legislation omitted specifics about how much it would cost and final decisions about how he would pay for it.
Sanders was unveiling his bill the same day Republican senators were rolling out details of a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama ‘s health care law.
But it embodies a push to universal coverage that eluded Obama’s 2010 law and is a tenet of the Democratic Party’s liberal, activist base.
It would cover the 28 million Americans remaining uninsured despite Obama’s law.
Several Democrats facing tough re-elections next year in GOP-leaning states say they want to focus on strengthening Obama’s existing law, including Montana ‘s Jon Tester and Missouri ‘s Claire McCaskill .
Conservatives are wary because the bill falls short in erasing Obama’s wide-ranging coverage requirements.
Lamar Alexander , R-Tenn., and Patty Murray , D-Wash., hope to reach a deal on continuing for at least a year the federal payments to insurers that Trump has threatened to halt.
Republicans are also insisting on easing the Obama law’s coverage requirements, which Democrats don’t want to do.
Alexander said Tuesday that Republicans want “real state flexibility” to let insurers offer “a larger variety of benefits and payment rules.”
Murray said she worried the GOP wants to “wind up increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients and families.”
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