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  • Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for
    Medicare and Medicaid Services, poked fun at the growing Medicare
    For All movement in a tweet Wednesday.
  • Verma tweeted a picture of a shirt with “MEDICARE FOR
    ALL” on it with the caption: “This year’s scariest Halloween
    costume goes to…”
  • Medicare for All is becoming an increasingly popular idea
    among Democratic candidates — and the general public.

Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services, took a Halloween shot at the growing
“Medicare for All” push among Democrats.

In a tweet, Verma posted a picture of a person wearing a
T-shirt emblazoned with “MEDICARE FOR ALL” across the torso and
added: “This year’s scariest Halloween costume goes to…”

The Trump administration,
including the president
, have recently attacked the idea of
Medicare for All, attempting to paint it as a socialist policy
that would deprive seniors currently on Medicare of their
benefits.

But advocates — most notably Sen. Bernie Sanders, who
popularized the idea during the 2016 election — argue that

Medicare for All would help to give access
to healthcare to
all Americans while bringing the US system more in line with the
rest of the industrialized world. A recent
surge in candidates supporting the idea
, and an apparent
endorsement from former President Barack Obama, helped to raise
its profile in recent months.

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The concept is also picking up steam with the general
public. Recent polling showed
anywhere from 59%
to
70% of Americans
were in support of Medicare for All.


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While Medicare for All advocates have been looking to
radically overhaul the healthcare system, Verma’s department has
been working to reshape the current system.

CMS recently issued
rules on state waivers
and
short-term insurance plans
that would undermine protections
for people with preexisting conditions. CMS is also pushing full
speed ahead with waivers that let states
impose Medicaid work requirements
— measures that lock out
low-income Americans from benefits if they do not meet certain
employment requirements or are unable to work.

While the debate over Medicare for All is fierce —
opponents say it will
cost the government too much
, supporters say it will
actually save the US money overall
 — this is likely the
first time an administration official has used a Twitter joke to
weigh in on the debate.

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