At Rules Committee Hearing, Rep. Woodall Warns About the Economic Consequences of “Medicare For All”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Rules held the House’s first legislative hearing on H.R. 1384, the “Medicare for All Act of 2019.” The Rules Committee is a unique committee in the U.S. House of Representatives because it is usually the final destination before legislation advances to the House floor for a vote. For the Rules Committee to hold the very first legislative hearing on Medicare for All indicates that government-run health care is the Democratic Party's highest priority in the 116th Congress.
At today’s hearing, House Republicans revealed that Medicare for All puts Medicare as we know it at risk. It requires $10,000 per person tax increases per year; it outlaws employer sponsored insurance, which would take policies away from 150 million Americans, and it eliminates Medicare Advantage, which serves millions of America’s seniors. U.S. Representative Rob Woodall joined his colleagues in raising concerns about a one-size-fits-all, government-run health care system that would cost the American taxpayer trillions of dollars and eliminate insurance that families have chosen.
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- While no version of Medicare for All has yet received a score from the Congressional Budget Office, Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation, which is less expansive than H.R. 1384, received estimated scores from two outside groups. In 2016, the Urban Institute calculated that Senator Sanders’ healthcare proposals would increase federal spending by $32.6 trillion over ten years, and separately, in June 2018, the Mercatus Center estimated that Medicare for All could increase federal spending by as much as $38 trillion over ten years.
- H.R. 1384 is supported by National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) because it requires coverage of comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, and nullifies important pro-life riders like the Hyde Amendment and the Weller Amendment, which have been federal law for many years.
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes significant portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He currently serves on the Rules Committee, the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and the Budget Committee.