Human Rights Assessment of the Medicare for All Act of 2019

Human Rights Assessment of the Medicare for All Act of 2019

Publication Date
February 27th, 2019
Description

The Medicare for All Act of 2019 is the most ambitious of several proposed health care reforms being considered in Congress in 2019. It aims to address two interrelated crises: the denial of care to tens of millions of people each year and the ballooning health care costs weighing down individuals, families, employers, and the whole country.

This assessment evaluates the Act against human rights principles, which obligate governments to guarantee all people’s fundamental needs, including health care. They also provide a set of standards against which all policies, systems, and outcomes can be measured. This enables an in-depth analysis of all the key elements of health care proposals and allows the Medicare for All Act to be compared to alternative Medicare and Medicaid buy-in proposals, which NESRI will evaluate in a forthcoming assessment.

 

Download the full assessment and a two-page summary.

 

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