What you don’t know about Medicare for all can hurt you

In November, Democrats took the House of Representatives. But many of the party’s most progressive candidates outside deep-blue coastal enclaves fell short at the polls.

Voters in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Florida and Maryland all rejected Democratic candidates who campaigned on Medicare for All. And thank goodness.

The idea polled well before the election — a Reuters/Ipsos poll pegged public support at 70 percent. But once people learn it would outlaw private insurance, require trillions of dollars in new taxes, reduce access to care, exacerbate our nation’s doctor shortage, and effectively allow the government to take over one-sixth of the economy, support dwindles.

Democrats hoping their stay in Congress lasts beyond 2020 should take note— and temper their enthusiasm for Medicare for All.

 

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