The Democrats want to outlaw private health care plans, taking away freedom to choose plans while letting anyone cross our border. We must win this.
Throughout the year, we have seen Democrats across the country uniting around a new legislative proposal that would end Medicare as we know it and take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives.
Dishonestly called âMedicare for All,â the Democratic proposal would establish a government-run, single-payer health care system that eliminates all private and employer-based health care plans and would costÂ an astonishing $32.6Â trillionÂ during its first 10 years.Â
As a candidate, I promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums.Â I have kept that promise, and we are now seeing health insurance premiums coming down.
I also made a solemn promise to our great seniors to protect Medicare. That is why I am fighting so hard against theÂ Democrats’ plan that would eviscerate Medicare.Â Democrats have already harmed seniors by slashing Medicare by more than $800 billionÂ over 10 years to pay for Obamacare.Â Likewise, Democrats wouldÂ gut Medicare with their planned government takeover of American health care.
The Democrats’ plan threatens America’sÂ seniors
The Democrats’ plan means that after a life of hard work and sacrifice, seniors would no longer be able to depend on the benefits they were promised. By eliminating Medicare as a program for seniors, and outlawing the ability of Americans to enroll in private and employer-based plans, the DemocraticÂ plan would inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care. Doctors and hospitals would be put out of business. Seniors would lose access to their favorite doctors. There would be long wait lines for appointments and procedures. Previously covered care would effectively be denied.
In practice, the Democratic Partyâs so-called Medicare for AllÂ would really be Medicare for None. Under the Democrats’ plan, todayâs Medicare would be forced to die.
The Democrats’ plan also would meanÂ the end of choice for seniors over their own health care decisions. Instead, Democrats would give total power and control over seniorsâ health care decisions to the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.
The first thing the Democratic plan will do to end choice for seniors is eliminate Medicare Advantage plans for about 20 million seniors as well as eliminate other private health plans that seniors currently use to supplement their Medicare coverage.
Next, the Democrats would eliminate every Americanâs private and employer-based health plan. It is right there in their proposed legislation: Democrats outlaw private health plansÂ that offer the same benefits as the government plan.Â
Americans might think that such an extreme, anti-senior, anti-choiceÂ and anti-consumerÂ proposal for government-run health care would find little support among Democrats in Congress.
Unfortunately, they would be wrong:Â 123 Democrats in the House of Representatives âÂ 64Â percent of House DemocratsÂ âÂ as well as 15Â Democrats in the SenateÂ have already formally co-sponsored this legislation. Democratic nominees for governor in Florida, CaliforniaÂ and Maryland are all campaigning in support of it, as are many Democratic congressional candidates.
Democrats wantÂ open-borders socialism
The truth is that the centrist Democratic Party is dead. The new Democrats are radical socialists who want to model Americaâs economy after Venezuela.
If Democrats win control of Congress this November, we will come dangerously closer to socialism in America. Government-run health care is just the beginning. Democrats are also pushing massive government control of education, private-sector businessesÂ and other major sectors of the U.S.Â economy.Â
Every single citizen will be harmed by such a radical shift in American culture and life. Virtually everywhere it has been tried, socialism has brought suffering, miseryÂ and decay.
Indeed, the Democrats’ commitment to government-run health care is all the more menacing to our seniors and our economy when paired with someÂ Democrats’ absolute commitment to endÂ enforcement of our immigration laws by abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That means millions more would cross our borders illegally and take advantage of health care paid for by American taxpayers.
Todayâs Democratic Party is for open-borders socialism. This radical agendaÂ would destroy American prosperity. Under itsÂ vision, costs will spiral out of control. Taxes will skyrocket. And Democrats will seek to slash budgets for seniorsâ Medicare, Social SecurityÂ and defense.
Republicans believe that a Medicare program that was created for seniors and paid for by seniors their entire lives should always be protected and preserved. I am committed to resolutely defending Medicare and Social Security from the radical socialist plans of the Democrats. For the sake of our country, our prosperity, our seniorsÂ and all Americans âÂ this is a fight we must win.
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