The Hill is reporting that Democrats are 'rebranding' the public option as 'Medicare for All.':
Say hello to “Medicare Part E” — as in, “Medicare for Everyone.”
House Democrats are looking at re-branding the public health insurance option as Medicare, an established government healthcare program that is better known than the public option.
Seems Congress has finally locked on to the fact that Medicare's pretty popular:
While much of the public is foggy on what a public option actually is, people understand Medicare. It also would place the new public option within the rubric of a familiar system rather than something new and unknown.
Mirroring the efficiency that advocates claim will result from a public option, Democrats have also managed to tie up all the misleading and meaningless jargon into one neat package:
The plan, called the “robust” option or “Medicare Plus 5” in the jargon that has emerged on Capitol Hill, ties provider reimbursement rates to Medicare, adding 5 percent. Leaders are planning to roll the bill out next week, and are hoping to vote the first week in November