Democratic Senators Introduce the Medicare Choice Act

Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced a bill that would allow anyone to buy Medicare plans, an option they say is more realistic than Medicare for All. It also includes some ACA stabilization provisions, including increasing the tax credit for individuals below 400 percent of the poverty line and appropriating $30 billion over three years for a reinsurance program. The House version (H.R. 2000) was introduced by Representatives Antonio Delgado (D-NY), Brian Higgins (D-NY) and John Larson (D-CT). This is one of many Democratic proposals to expand health insurance, a party priority that is sure to take center stage in the 2020 election. Democrats continue to introduce a variety of expansion bills, showing there is not yet consensus on a path forward.