Democrats move to allow more people to buy Medicare
Two Democrats have introduced a bill that would allow businesses and Obamacare customers to buy into Medicare.
The bill, the Choose Medicare Act, is a type of "public option" that would be sold alongside the option to buy private health insurance. It would be known as "Medicare Part E."
"This is a public option, for sure," Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said at a press conference presenting the bill. "President Obama never had a detailed public option strategy he advocated for, but this is broader than that."
The proposal offers Medicare plans not only to individuals who don't get coverage through a job, but to employers. Medicare covers adults 65 and older as well as people with disabilities. Under the Choose Medicare Act, the same benefits would be offered, but the government would be allowed to negotiate drug prices.