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Trump Touts Support For Medicare, Slams ‘Medicare For All’

Oct 3, 2019, 7:28 AM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 5:01 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump rails against journalists asking questions about an impeachment inquiry...

U.S. President Donald Trump rails against journalists asking questions about an impeachment inquiry during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the East Room of the White House October 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. The two leaders discussed 5G wireless technology and Arctic security and European-American relations during and earlier working lunch at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is touting his support for Medicare and its private insurance option as he slams left-leaning Democrats on their “Medicare for All” plan.

Trump is traveling Thursday to The Villages, a bustling community for adults located in Central Florida. The area overwhelmingly supported Trump in 2016. The trip comes as the Republican president angrily defends himself against a House impeachment inquiry.

Administration officials say Trump will sign an executive order that calls for bolstering Medicare Advantage, a private insurance option picked by one-third of seniors.

Under Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan, all people would be covered under a new government plan. The plan would incorporate the Medicare program, but private health insurance would no longer have a place.

Proponents say Medicare for All offers broader benefits and lower costs.

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Trump Touts Support For Medicare, Slams ‘Medicare For All’