That would just be the start of the problems.
Adopting a single-payer government health care program that covers all Americans would force more rural hospitals to close, according to hospital administrators from Texas to Maine.
Universal health care — also known as “Medicare for All” — is a long way from becoming law. But the issue is already dividing Democrats trying to unseat President Trump in the 2020 election.
Some progressive front-runners like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders say they’d be willing to do away with private insurance in favor of a government plan.
Moderates have balked at that idea — and at the price tag.
Here’s how former Rep. John Delaney put it during the Democratic debate in June: “If you go to every hospital in this country and you ask them one question, which is, ‘How would it have been for you last year if every one of your bills were paid at the Medicare rate?’ Every single hospital administrator said they would close.”