Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is on board with a plan to create a universal health care system, according to her top advisers.
The president and top advisers from both parties reached out to her Wednesday, seeking advice on a new Medicare for All bill, a top aide said.
The top health official at HHS, Kathleen Sebrun, has been working with Sebelus on a Medicare for all plan since the president took office, a senior administration official said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said the new proposal would include both universal coverage and private-insurance subsidies.
The senior administration source, who asked not to be named, said that while the president is supportive of the idea of a Medicare-for-all system, he does not think it will be possible to achieve universal coverage by the end of the decade.
As for the idea that he could achieve a universal system through legislation, the source said that Sebelious’ proposal has “a lot of room to work” in the Senate.
But the source added that the administration “will be talking to” senators about the issue, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats, has repeatedly called for universal coverage for everyone, and he is currently working on a bill to create universal health coverage.
In the wake of the November election, Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill that would create a Medicare equivalent for all Americans, a plan that would also expand the federal government’s role in providing coverage for low-income people.
It has not yet been introduced by either of the White House’s top two contenders for the Democratic nomination for president, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen.
“Bernie Sanders’ Medicare forall bill would expand the government’s ability to make health insurance available to everyone.
It would do so by making insurance companies responsible for making health insurance more affordable for low and middle income people.
That would also help lower-income Americans pay more for their health insurance and reduce the amount they pay for private insurance.
The Senate version of the bill, which Sanders introduced in January, has not been introduced in full by Democrats.
Warren and other advocates have also introduced legislation that would require private insurance companies to offer plans that cover most or all of the basic health care needs of the average American.
President Trump has not said whether he would support the bill.
The White House is also working with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has been one of the more vocal critics of the Affordable Care Act, to develop a new plan that he and other Republican lawmakers say would cover millions of Americans without adding more government involvement.
Earlier this week, a group of top White House officials met with members of the Congressional Budget Office to discuss the effects of Trump’s repeal and replace plan.
The meeting was billed as a chance to “debate and explore” the impact of the president’s plan.
But on Wednesday, the White