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Verma, Azar take aim at ‘Medicare for All' proposals

October 05, 2018 / Paige Minemyer

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma took another swipe at calls for a “Medicare for All” healthcare system this week, saying expanding those benefits to every American would “dilute” the program. Verma’s comments, made at a session of The Atlantic Festival, echo a speech before the Commonwealth Club in July, where she said calls to expand Medicare are built on a “fundamental lack of understanding about the uniqueness of Medicare to the very specific population it serves.” At the festival, Verma said instead that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must focus on the steps it’s taking to “strengthen” the program and ensure its long-term sustainability.