How far the country—or at least the Democratic Party—has shifted “left” over the past decade is reflected in the increasing attention being given to proposals for “Medicare for all.” Although the specifics vary with individuals proponents, Medicare for all is a single-payer system that would have been unimaginable as the mantra for Democrats running for president a decade ago. All of the 20 or so Democrats who are potentially seeking their party’s nomination in 2020 have embraced some form of a Medicare-for-all or other type of universal coverage program—although sometimes it depends on which of their positions is being considered.
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Gail Wilensky, PhD Gail Wilensky, PhD, is an economist and Senior Fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. Dr Wilensky previously directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior adviser on health and welfare...