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Medicare for All plan highlighted

Gerald Kominski, professor of health policy and management, and senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted in a CNN article about U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ health care plan.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders has accused former Vice President Joe Biden this week of "fear-mongering" and "misinformation" about Sanders' health care plan.

Biden's campaign says one of the Biden comments Sanders is objecting to, about Sanders' plan supposedly causing "hiatuses" that would hurt sick people, has been misinterpreted. Regardless of what Biden intended to say, though, his "hiatuses" remark allowed Americans to come away with the inaccurate impression that Sanders' plan would cause people to temporarily lose insurance coverage.

Gerald Kominski, a health policy professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Biden was employing a "classic scare tactic that politicians use, particularly with the Medicare program. If you tell Medicare recipients that they might lose their coverage 'for a while' during the transition to a Medicare for All program, they are obviously going to be skeptical of Medicare for All."

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