'Medicare-for-all' will raise taxes, force hospital layoffs: Chris Jacobs

Chris Jacobs, the founder of a Washington D.C.-based policy consulting firm, warned on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday a "Medicare-for-all" health care system would mean a spike in taxes for many Americans.

Under the system, supported by many Democrats, people would no longer pay for health care costs such as premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.

"The old saying is if you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's 'free,'" Jacobs, the founder of Juniper Research Group, said. "You will end up paying for it in tax dollars and higher taxes and it will encourage people to overconsume healthcare."

"If you are paying 20 percent of your taxes, double it," Jacobs said. "You are not going to end up making money on that, you are going to end up losing money."

Several independent studies of Medicare-for-all have estimated that it would dramatically increase government spending on health care.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, accompanied by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., center right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil their Medicare for All legislation to reform health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, accompanied by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., center right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil their Medicare for All legislation to reform health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Some Democratic 2020 hopefuls point to their support of Medicare-for-all to prove their progressive bona fides. But other Democrats have stated the plan is not politically or economically feasible because of the large tax increases required, preferring instead to stabilize the Affordable Care Act.

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Jacobs said that as it is, 80 percent of hospitals lose money on their Medicare patients, a loss that is likely to intensify under a Medicare-for-all plan.

"If they don't have private insurance to cover the gap, they are going to cover hundreds of billions of dollars of losses," he said. "They are going to have to lay off workers. Do this in one full swoop, this would create a recession just on its own."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.