FILE - In this July 28, 2014, file photo, Public Trustee Charles Blahous speaks as then-Treasury Secretary and Managing Trustee Jacob Lew, left, and then-Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, right, listen during a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington. A new study says ‘Medicare for all’ would raise government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years. “Enacting something like ‘Medicare for all’ would be a transformative change in the size of the federal government,” said Charles Blahous, the study’s author. Blahous was a senior economic adviser to former Republican President George W. Bush and a public trustee of Social Security and Medicare during the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Study: 'Medicare for all' bill estimated at $32.6 trillion

July 29, 2018 - 11:43 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says "Medicare for all" would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years.

Historic tax increases would be needed.

The study from a libertarian policy institute at George Mason University in Virginia, the Mercatus Center, looked at Sen. Bernie Sanders' latest plan.

The study found it would deliver significant savings on drug costs and administration, but increased demand would drive up spending.

Sanders calls the study misleading and points to the conservative Koch Brothers' connections to the center. His office has not released a cost analysis.

The idea of a national health insurance plan has gained broader acceptance since Sanders made it the cornerstone of his 2016 presidential campaign.

The Mercatus estimates are within the range of cost projections for Sanders' 2016 plan.

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