What is the future of health care? ACA, Medicare4All, Buy-Ins, prescription drug reforms and more!

Proposed panel for Netroots Nation 2019

2019 is an exciting time for health care reformers. We're looking at several different national plans to get us to universal coverage, from Medicare for All, to a resurrected public option through Medicare/Medicaid buy-in plans, from ACA reforms, to Medicaid expansions in red states, and many plans on the table to rein in Big Pharma and the high cost of prescription drugs. What's the difference between the alphabet soup of plans? What are realistic goals for 2019/2020, and what requires a progressive takeover of Washington? What options are available in the states now? Getting beyond slogans and into the details: what do patients, caregivers and others have to say about all the plans' benefits and drawbacks?
  • Submitted by: Laura Packard
  • Moderator: Laura Packard
  • Panelists: Elena Hung, Charles Gaba, Dr. Sanjeev Sriram, Matt Cortland

What are the takeaways for people who attend this panel? Why is this panel important to the progressive movement?

Conservatives spent years talking about "repeal and replace", without ever figuring out what replace would look like. We need to make sure the progressive movement is able to help as many people as possible access affordable health care now, and understand what the choices and tradeoffs will be in the future for all the various plans. The health care and insurance industry is already spending millions of dollars to scare monger. We will deliver the facts, including from underserved perspectives.

Why should the Netroots Nation community vote for your session?

Medicare for All is a great slogan. But many people don't know a lot about the differences between the various plans, what the advantages and what the drawbacks are, and how Medicare/Medicaid/the ACA differ. We'll talk about all the plans and compare and contrast from our wonk and patient perspectives, so that everyone will have a better understanding about our options now, and our choices for after 2020 including the tradeoffs at stake for all of us.

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