White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Friday outlined how she would implement “Medicare for All” during her first term in office, including by passing new legislation in her first 100 days that would give all Americans the option of choosing the government health insurance plan.
Warren’s timeline envisions a progression that would initially retain many aspects of the current system, including employer-based private insurance, while slowly transferring Americans to the government’s Medicare health insurance plan that covers individuals 65 and older.
The proposal could help blunt criticism, including from a number of the Massachusetts U.S. senator’s Democratic presidential rivals, that transitioning to Medicare for All is too disruptive.
“By the end of my first 100 days, we will have opened the door for tens of millions of Americans to get high-quality Medicare for All coverage at little or no cost. But I won’t stop there,” Warren wrote on the website Medium.