Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell drew applause from leaders of the hospital industry on Tuesday morning as he called on those who profit from the nation’s broken healthcare system to swarm Washington, D.C. to thwart the growing momentum of Medicare for All.
Denouncing the program as a “radical scheme,” McConnell told the American Hospital Association (AHA) that their help is needed on Capitol Hill to defeat the increasingly popular idea.
“This radical scheme would be serious bad news for America’s hospital industry,” McConnell told the gathering. “You should not be the guinea pigs in some far left social experiment.”
Although Republicans continually portray Medicare for All as an untested, experimental system, universal healthcare is a well-established program in dozens of developed countries around the world.
McConnell also referred to the program as “Medicare for None,” claiming it would “hollow out the [Medicare] program until there’s nothing left but the label.”
“Single-payer would be an expansion of Medicare to Medicare for All so how would that hollow it out?” one critic responded on Twitter.
The GOP leader ended his speech by calling on the hospital officials in the room to descend on Washington, D.C. to pressure lawmakers into opposing Medicare for All plans like the one Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is expected to introduce Wednesday. McConnell later took to social media to warn that Medicare for All would “slap a $32 trillion tab on Americans” in its first decade—leaving out the fact that the current system is projected to cost as least $34 trillion over the next ten years.
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