Rep. Scalise: ‘Are You Gonna Let Them Take Away Your Health Care Choices?’

By Craig Bannister | February 28, 2020 | 3:42pm EST
Rep. Steve Scalise
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When Democrats say “Medicare for All,” what they really mean is private insurance for none, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) warned Thursday.

“In their plan, they take away the private insurance that 180 million Americans enjoy,” Rep. Scalise said in an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.:

“When they say ‘Medicare for All’ - which, in their plan, they take away the private insurance that 180 million Americans enjoy — are you gonna let them take away your health care choices?”

Patients and their doctors should be the ones making health care decisions, “not some unelected bureaucrat,” Scalise said:

"What President Trump has worked on with Republicans to give people more choices, more freedom, lower costs for health care — President Trump has talked very clearly about protecting people with pre-existing conditions, while lowering costs and letting you make the decisions on health care.

"You and your doctor should be the ones making it - not some unelected bureaucrat in Washington.”

Americans need to be aware of the stark contrast between the Democrats’ plan for government-controlled health care and Republicans’ plan to provide more personal freedom and control, as well as lower costs, Scalise said:

"We're not going to let that happen. But, that's what they want to do and that's why it's important that everybody see what's on full display, everybody sees the contrast between what we want to do — letting people have more freedom and more control and lower costs — versus what they want with the government taking control."

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