Buttigieg unveils Medicare plan preserving private insurance

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE released a health care platform Thursday that would expand Medicare coverage while allowing Americans to keep their private health insurance plans.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor’s “Medicare for All Who Want It” would aim to achieve universal coverage by introducing a public option and increasing subsidies for private insurance.

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The plan emphasizes choice to differentiate itself from the “Medicare for All” plan supported by more liberal White House hopefuls, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), and more closely resembles former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s proposal.

“For years, Washington politicians have allowed the pharmaceutical industry, giant insurance companies, and powerful hospital systems to profit off of people when they are at their sickest and most vulnerable,” Buttigieg said in a statement.

“My ‘Medicare for All Who Want It’ plan will create a health care system that puts power in the hands of each American.”

Uninsured Americans would automatically be enrolled into the government insurance plan, while those with employer-provided insurance would be able to opt in.

The health care proposal also includes measures to address surprise billing and an out-of-pocket spending cap for Medicare.

After amassing impressive fundraising totals and surprising a Democratic primary full of more well-known politicians, Buttigieg has consistently been polling in single digits in national and early state surveys.

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