February 15, 2019
David Merritt, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), issued this statement following House and Senate Democrats proposals that would allow people ages 50 and over to buy in to Medicare coverage:
This is a slippery slope to government-run health care for every American. The American people want health care that works—not a one-size-fits-all health care system.
Today, health coverage works for hundreds of millions of Americans—not only for the 22 million covered through Medicare Advantage, but the 180 million Americans who are covered through their jobs, 55 million covered through Medicaid managed care, and 20 million who buy their own coverage. The vast majority of Americans are satisfied with the coverage they have today. They have choice and control over their coverage, options, and treatment.
Instead of taking away the coverage that works for them today, let’s focus on protecting and improving what’s working and fixing what’s not. That’s the most effective way to guarantee that every American has affordable coverage and high-quality care.