Spotlight: Medicare for all doctor-patient lockout

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation

“That’s between you and your doctor.” It’s a sentiment based on the principle of doctor-patient confidentiality, a principle highly valued by most Americans.

If “Medicare for all” becomes law, however, that relationship will have to make room for a third party: Uncle Sam. And Uncle Sam will call the shots.

That’s because the leading “Medicare for all” bills in Congress (H.R. 1384 and S.1804) would severely restrict Americans’ right to spend their own money to pay a doctor for legal medical services outside of the government’s health care system.

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