Commentary: ‘Medicare for all’ a broken promise

U.S. Congressman Pete Stauber

As I continue to work on legislative solutions that promote high quality, affordable and accessible health care, some Democrat presidential candidates continue to cling to an unrealistic “Medicare for All” scheme that would cost $33 trillion and force 150 million Americans off their employer-provided insurance plans.

In last week’s presidential debate, even Democrats agree with me that a Medicare for All scheme plan would drive us off a cliff. Sen. Klobuchar called it “unfeasible.” Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney said forcing Americans off their private health insurance would be like telling them “their health care is illegal.” Montana Gov. Bullock called it “wish-list” economics. Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke said it would “take away people’s choice.” Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan said it would be a slap in the face for union members who negotiated their private insurance and they “will lose their health care because Washington is going to come in and has a better plan.”

It’s time for those clinging to the “Medicare for All” scheme to join us in real conversations about meaningful health care solutions.

Pro-growth economy good for America

Under the current pro-growth agenda, the American economy is running on all cylinders. While we can always do better, the good news is jobs are up, unemployment is down, small businesses are surging and optimism is at an all-time high.

Consider, in the past 18 months, this pro-growth economy has:


  • Reduced unemployment (3.2 percent) to a 49-year low;

  • Increased median household income to an all-time high;

  • Lifted nearly 4 million Americans off food stamps;

  • Promoted American energy by increasing our coal exports by 60 percent and pushing our oil production to an all-time high;

  • Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security; and

  • Projected net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.

Despite the economic surge, we can do better and we have more work to do. I will always fight to make this economy better and ensure that everyone has a shot at their version of the American dream.

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