WASHINGTON — The “Medicare for All” proposal from leading Democrats running for president appears more lavish than what’s offered in other advanced countries. That compounds the cost but could also potentially broaden its popular appeal.
The plan being discussed by candidates includes generous benefits, no copays and no need for private policies.
Canada is often cited as a model, but Canada’s plan doesn’t cover outpatient prescription drugs. Many Canadians have private insurance for that.
Many countries don’t cover long-term care or offer a limited benefit, but the Medicare for All plan from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would cover home and community-based services.
Experts say the promise of generous benefits may be needed to coax Americans to give up employer coverage for a government plan.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press