Making Sense of Medicare-For-All and Other Proposals to Expand Public Coverage

May 22, 2019

There’s renewed attention on reforms that would expand coverage and make health care more affordable. These include proposals to create a national Medicare-for-all plan, a public plan option, and allowing some Americans to buy into existing public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. 

On Tuesday, May 21, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) held a web briefing to examine these proposals and their implications for the nation’s health care system. The briefing featured KFF senior vice presidents Mollyann Brodie, Tricia Neuman and Larry Levitt (as moderator).

The discussion addressed key questions, including:

  • What are the main goals these proposals are trying to achieve?
  • Who would be eligible for coverage?
  • How do they differ?
  • How might the proposals affect people with coverage through employers, Medicare or Medicaid?
  • How would providers be paid?
  • How does the public view such proposals?

View the recorded web briefing and PDF of the presentation on the KFF website at