Bill by Grayson would allow all Americans to enroll in Medicare
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Florida Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-09) has introduced legislation would allow any legal resident of the United States to buy into Medicare at cost.
The Medicare You Can Buy Into Act (H.R. 500) would allow Americans to enroll in Medicare, where they would be eligible for coverage under Parts A and B, as well as Part D's prescription drug access. Because premiums would be equal to cost, the program would pay for itself, the Democratic congressman from central Florida says.
"In many states, a few private insurance companies control the market, restricting consumer choice and driving up the cost of care. Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act attempts to address this problem, more could be done," Grayson explained. "Why should the insurance companies get all of the options, while we get none? The people deserve a choice. The people deserve a public option. Opening up the Medicare system increases competition and provides more options to consumers."
Grayson introduced similar legislation in the 111th Congress, where it garnered the support of more than 80 Members of Congress.
Rep. Grayson represents Florida's 9th Congressional District, which includes a large part of Orlando and outlying counties. He previously served as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 8th Congressional District in the 111th Congress.