A Democrat has unveiled a bill that would keep the current employer-sponsored health coverage system but create a government insurance program for people without group coverage.
Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, has introduced H.R. 1841, the “AmeriCare Health Care Act.”
The bill would require individuals without group coverage to get coverage from AmeriCare, a new program that would resemble Medicare
In a bill summary, Stark says:
Employers with 100 or more employees and no health plan would have to pay 80% of the cost of employees’ AmeriCare coverage.
Smaller employers without plans would pay 20% of the cost of AmeriCare coverage.