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Larson Bill Promises 'Medicare For All' Within Private Insurance System

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Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., talks about social security and healthcare reform bills at a forum in Manchester earlier this week.

U.S. Representative John Larson from Connecticut says he has a proposal that would make “Medicare For All” possible without getting rid of private insurance. He says it’s contained in his Medicare Buy-In at 50 and Medicare-X bills.

Larson, a Democrat who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, says the legislation would allow people to register for Medicare from the age of 27. That’s after children transition from their parent’s health insurance plans at 26 under current law.

“Having been an insurance agent, I believe ultimately this is where insurance companies are headed also. They are going to want to do what they do for Medicare. Provide the supplement. Do the wraparound. Why? It’s more profitable.”

Larson was speaking at a senior center in Manchester. 

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.