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Major doctors' group calls for US to assure coverage for all

Posted On: Jan 20, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

WASHINGTON - With health care an election-year priority, a major doctors' organization on Monday called for sweeping government action to guarantee coverage for all, reduce costs and improve the basic well-being of Americans.
Declaring that the U.S. health care system "is ill and needs a bold new prescription,” the American College of Physicians endorsed either of the two general approaches being debated by Democratic presidential candidates: a government-run “single-payer” system that would cover everyone, or a new “public option” government plan that would offer comprehensive coverage to compete with private insurance.
But the group's president, Dr. Robert McLean, said his organization is not signing on to specific proposals, such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' “Medicare for All” bill or former Vice President Joe Biden's combination of a public option, improvements to “Obamacare" and deputizing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.
Instead, he said, the group arrived at its recommendations...

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