President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at the White House in Washington, early Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, from a trip to Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump trashes Democrats' Medicare for All plan in op-ed

Omits mention of improved benefits for seniors that Democrats promise

October 10, 2018 - 5:09 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is stepping up his attack on Democrats over a health care proposal called Medicare for All, claiming it "would end Medicare as we know it."

Trump omits any mention of improved benefits for seniors that Democrats promise while he claims in a Wednesday op-ed published in USA Today the Democrats' plan means "seniors would no longer be able to depend on the benefits they were promised."

The plan pushed by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders would expand Medicare to cover almost everyone in the country while giving current Medicare recipients improved benefits. Other Democratic plans would allow people to buy into a new government system modeled on Medicare.

Trump's column comes as he is looking to paint Democratic candidates as extreme ahead of next month's midterm elections.

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