• In keynote remarks given at the Better Medicare Alliance (“BMA”) 2019 Medicare Advantage Summit, Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), denounced “Medicare For All” and other single-payor proposals, calling them “the largest threats to the American healthcare system.”
  • Verma indicated such proposals, in whatever form, constitute “a complete government takeover, stripping 180 million Americans of their private health insurance and forcing them into a system where Congress and bureaucrats make decisions about their care.” After noting the significant cost any such system would impose on taxpayers, Verma indicated the “real discussion” should not be focused on who or what is paying for care, but on lowering the cost of providing care.
  • Stating that the “Affordable Care Act” has “failed to live up to its name,” Verma proposed a greater movement toward the use of “market forces” in the healthcare system and away from “outdated government payment policies and central planning,” which she indicated “have stifled the competitive forces that could bring down cost and improve quality.” As one indicator, Verma pointed toward Medicare Advantage as a success, “because plans are competing on the basis of cost and quality, driving towards value and increasing choices for beneficiaries.”