Magazine May 6, 2019, Issue

Medicare for All Hides Obamacare’s Flaws

Senator Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.) greets attendees before an event to introduce the “Medicare for All Act of 2017” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 13, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
And the Democrats are rallying behind it

In politics, people rarely admit that they were wrong. Instead, they try to change the subject.

A decade ago, Democrats insisted that the Affordable Care Act would reduce the health-care costs of Americans and give the nation universal coverage. But the legislation has fallen so far short of its objectives that the party’s new generation is eager to sweep it aside in favor of Medicare for All. The associated promises are even more implausible than those made regarding the ACA, and have been privately disparaged by establishment Democratic policymakers. Nonetheless, the distraction of single-payer matters, in that it is preventing the

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