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‘Medicare for All’ strips away health care freedom


Does Medicare for All provide free health care to illegal immigrants? That is the question I asked in the House Rules Committee hearing in April. The disturbing answer was, yes, Medicare for All, the Democrats’ push for a government-controlled, one-size-fits-all health plan, will indeed provide free health care to illegal immigrants at the American taxpayers’ expense.

If that is not bad enough, consider this: All private health insurance, all Medicare Advantage plans, and even the current Medicare program would be eliminated, while still carrying a price tag of over $32 trillion with no plan on how to pay for it. Medicare for All is a shift away from the market-based health care system toward a government-run, socialist health care system that will inevitably require rationing of care, increasingly higher taxes, and an overall reduction of quality.

Debbie Lesko

Debbie Lesko

Medicare for All would eliminate all Medicare Advantage programs. In Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, 44 percent of seniors – 70,000 seniors – utilize Medicare Advantage.

Seniors would be forced to move out of a program which they have paid into their entire lives to enter a mandatory government program in which every American would be competing for their hard- earned health care. Not only is this system unfair, but it jeopardizes the health care of millions of senior citizens. I believe that our seniors deserve reliable and superior medical care at affordable prices.

Medicare for All would terminate employer-sponsored health care, forcing 158 million Americans who receive their health care through their job or union into a plan chosen by the federal government. Seventy-five percent of Americans are satisfied with their current private health care plans and would be forced to leave these plans for a lower quality, more costly government health care plan. Individuals, not the government, deserve the freedom to select the plan that is best for themselves and their families. Medicare for All will take this choice away from you and your family.

The expansion of Medicare, a program that is already at-risk, would be dangerous. If every American was put on Medicare, like this legislation would require, experts say that Americans’ income tax rates would have to double, making it the largest tax increase in modern American history. That means your taxes will double to cover the cost of free health care for illegal immigrants.

I am committed to working together to build on proven solutions to lower health care costs for American families. I will not support legislation, like Medicare for All, that threatens the health of seniors, strips hard-working Americans of their health care freedom, and forces hard working Americans to pay for illegal immigrants’ health care. I urge my Democrat colleagues in Congress to change their minds and stop this government takeover of our entire health care system and work with Republicans to create viable health care options for the American people.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko represents Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. She serves as co-chair of the Bipartisan Women’s Caucus.


  1. An anonymous article with no citations. This seems dubious.

  2. This is garbage.

  3. Lesko proves, once again, to be stunningly inept, incompetent and unknowing…simply, a Trumpanzee cretin and embarrassment to Arizona Residents and the State. She NEVER cites simple facts, like the cost of emergency care and other factors. She was a (bad) joke at the Hearing on Monday questioning John Dean, but we would expect that.

  4. Dunning-Kruger effect ? or is it willful ?

  5. I don’t even know where to start. Do your research. Watch this professionally made movie to start with made by a business owner with his own dollars because he knows that a National Improved Medicare for All system in the US would be a better system and would be better for his business. https://fixithealthcare.com/
    Nearly two-thirds of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills.Three-fourths of those bankrupted had health insurance at the time they got sick or injured.
    Administrative costs consume 31% of health spending, most of it unnecessary.
    Taxes already pay for more than 60% of US healthcare spending. Americans pay the highest health care taxes in the world. We pay for national health insurance, but don’t get it.
    Despite having the highest per capita health spending in the world, the US health system ranks very poorly in international comparisons of quality, outcomes, patient satisfaction, and other measures.
    A majority of physicians and an even higher percentage of Americans support single payer national health insurance or “Medicare for All”. Polling indicates that people are also willing to pay “higher taxes” for guaranteed coverage and that even the term “socialized medicine” has lost its negative connotations. (Source: http://www.pnhp.org)

  6. Rep Debbie isn’t telling you that her Platinum level Insurance is 75% funded by taxpayers. In fact, we pay that amount for every member of Congress, every state elected official, every federal and state employee- down to dog catcher while Rep Debbie is fine to say YOU aren’t worth it.
    What if instead of paying for hers, we all got on a more efficient plan -Medicare- and fixed that plan so there’s no deductibles or prescription donut hole, no confusing letter plans, and added in mental health, vision, dental long term care and all of us paid LESS (6%) with Rep Debbie paying for her own damn insurance. Same private doctors, hospitals, and private claims processing company. We’d call that MEDICARE FOR ALL.

    Oh and consider this- if Rep Debbie and every other elected official is paying for their own insurance- you just cut your property taxes at the same time. Double win!

  7. Kookooracharabioso

    OMG maybe she didn’t put her name at 1st cuz she was embarassed? Let’s start with what seniors have been paying into all their lives has also been mandatory. Please do not take your reconfirmation into office as any endorsement of you. It was because your competition was not data-driven & non-partisan.

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