"America's hospitals and health systems share the goal of achieving universal coverage for all Americans. However, "Medicare for All," while promising a one-size-fits-all solution, would instead take away choice from millions of Americans and put access to vital health care services at risk.
"A recent study found that even a less extensive, government-run, Medicare-like health plan offered on the individual exchange could disrupt employer coverage for millions of people while creating unsustainable financial losses for hospitals to the tune of
"In addition, Medicare today pays hospitals less than the cost of providing care for patients. In 2017, the government paid only
"Hospitals and health systems know that there is a better, less disruptive path to health coverage for all Americans. We believe that we must build on the current public-private system by expanding Medicaid in non-expansion states; stabilizing the insurance exchanges by restoring cost-sharing subsidies for low-income consumers and implementing well-designed reinsurance programs; increasing subsidies to more lower-income people wanting to purchase private coverage on the marketplaces; and funding efforts to help consumers enroll in health plans.
"We will continue working with policymakers to ensure that every person has access to quality, affordable care."