"Expanding access to insurance doesn't necessarily expand access to care," Horn said, noting that some insured people can't afford insulin and other critical drugs and that health insurance companies are denying payments for tests that physicians have ordered for patients.
Medicare-for-All proposals, which would effectively put all Americans under the government-run program that now covers people 65 and over, are platform cornerstones of two Democratic presidential contenders,
Others, like former Vice President
Meeting with constituents in an
Horn said people shouldn't have their coverage options limited. And she said states with universal coverage still have uninsured residents.
"I want to do whatever is going to be the best to get more people covered in a smart, sustainable way," she said.
Horn reiterated her support for expanding Medicaid, saying the state has already forfeited
"These are our taxpayer dollars that we have sent in that really should be coming back to take care of the health of individuals," she said.
Asked whether there was a conflict in supporting Medicaid expansion but opposing Medicare for All because it wouldn't "necessarily expand access to care," Horn said there was a difference.
Medicaid expansion would simply pull more people into a system already set up to provide coverage to a similar population, while putting everyone into Medicare would be a major overhaul before numerous health care problems were addressed, she said.
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