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Protecting Medicare from "Medicare for All" (Guest: Elaine Parker)

October 21, 2019

The Heartland Institute's health care policy advisor Sarah Lee interviews Elaine Parker, President of small business advocate organization Job Creators Network Foundation on the Trump Administration's executive order protecting traditional Medicare.

The Trump administration has been working diligently to protect traditional Medicare from Democrats plans to institute a nationalized health care version in the form of Medicare for All.

Earlier in October, President Trump signed an executive order promising to institute regulatory protections for traditional Medicare to protect it from Democrats' plans to expand it into a government run, single-payer version called Medicare for All.

Elaine Parker, who advocates on behalf of small businesses with the Job Creators Network Foundation, discusses with Health Care News what protecting Medicare means in practice, specifically how it protects the Medicare Advantage private insurance portion of the program.

Parker explains that with a Medicare For All scheme, private insurance would effectively cease in the health care sector. She talks about how protecting Medicare Advantage signals the administration's plans to protect choice and competition in the health care insurance marketplace. Listen!

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Sarah Lee is a policy advisor for health care and a host of Heartland's Health Care News podcast.