House Dems want Medicare for everyone - TheHill.com House Dems want Medicare for everyone By Mike Soraghan - 10/20/09 08:27 PM ET Say hello to Medicare Part E as in, Medicare for Everyone. House Democrats are looking at re-branding the public health insurance option as Medicare, an established government healthcare program that is better known than the public option. The strategy could benefit Democrats struggling to bridge the gap between liberals in their party, who want the public option, and centrists, who are worried it would drive private insurers out of business. While much of the public is foggy on what a public option actually is, people understand Medicare. It also would place the new public option within the rubric of a familiar system rather than something new and unknown. The idea has bubbled up among House Democrats and leaders in the past week, most prominently in a caucus meeting last Thursday.