Randy Bryce, a Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District, recently released his “healthcare platform” which includes his support of passing Medicare for All, a program that has been projected to cost $32 trillion over ten years, while also promising to increase nursing staff in hospitals and schools. But just how will this plan be accomplished?
In Bryce’s Healthcare plan, he promises much, such as tackling the opioid crisis, finding a permanent cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis by increased funding, and plans to fully fund gun violence research. Bryce also repeated his support of Medicare for All, claiming it would “lower costs for families and businesses by ensuring healthcare as a right, not a privilege..”
However, the plan does not mention the large tax increases that would be needed to fund it and many Republicans remain highly critical of the plan.
“This is yet another desperately far-left scheme from three-time failed politician Bryce that would require massive tax increases and result in a government takeover of healthcare,” Republican Party spokesman Alec Zimmerman told Media Trackers, “Randy Bryce continues to show voters that he’s radically out of touch with hard-working families and too extreme for Wisconsin.”
Bryce’s plan also promised to “amend the Public Health Service Act to mandate safe nurse-to-patient ratios,” which would increase nursing staff, but doesn’t offer what this would cost hospitals. Similarly, he supports increasing federal funding to add more nurses, counselors, and other mental health support to schools, but does not offer how much funding or what the cost to schools would be.
Republicans sharply criticized Bryce’s health care proposals as an election ploy.
“Randy Bryce is the grown up version of the kid we all knew in Elementary school campaigning on fruit punch water fountains and longer recess,” said Chris Martin, the Regional Press Secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “As he made clear in his interview with CNN, he has no way to pay for his liberal agenda beyond massive middle-class tax increases.”
Media Trackers reached out to Bryce’s campaign via email for comment and has not yet received a response.