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The problem with dubbing single-payer plans 'Medicare for All'

March 13, 2019 / Paige Minemyer

As the debate around a “Medicare for all” approach continues to heat up, a new report warns that name doesn’t necessarily fit the plan.  Policy analysts at the Urban Institute dove into the positives and negatives of a potential single-payer healthcare system, and in their analysis note that there’s a problem with dubbing such a system “Medicare for all”: Medicare isn’t actually a single-payer system. Linda J. Blumberg, Ph.D., a fellow at the institute and one of the report’s authors, told FierceHealthcare that naming gives the idea that everyone would move into Medicare, when the goal is to eliminate and replace that program as it exists today.