Trump trashes Democrats’ Medicare for All plan in op-ed

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<pPresident Donald Trumphealth care proposal called Medicare for All, claiming it “would end Medicare as we know it and take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives.”

<pTrump, omitting any mention of improved benefits for seniors that Democrats promise, writes in an op-ed published Wednesday in USA Today, "The Democrats' plan means that after a life of hard work and sacrifice, seniors would no longer be able to depend on the benefits they were promised."

<pBut Medicare for All means different things to different Democrats. The plan pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who challenged Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, would expand Medicare to cover almost everyone in the country, and current Medicare recipients would get improved benefits. Other Democratic plans would allow people to buy into a new government system modeled on Medicare, moving toward the goal of coverage for all while leaving private insurance in place.

<pTrump's column comes as he is looking to paint Democratic candidates as extreme ahead of next month's midterm electionBrett Kavanaugh, and internal GOP polling obtained last month by the AP shows that the party believes the message will help galvanize Republican voters to the polls.

<pAt a rally in Iowa on Tuesday, Trump argued that the only reason to vote for Democrats "is if you are tired of winning." He will be holding a rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening.