Magazine September 21, 2020, Issue

Medical Complications

Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., September 2, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Why Biden might be looking for a second opinion

Democrats dodged several bullets when they nominated Joe Biden instead of Bernie Sanders. One of the deadliest was Medicare for All, the health-care plan that Sanders championed. Biden’s health-care ideas sound much more attractive — at least before the election. If he wins and tries to move them through Congress, however, the Democrats may find that those ideas are more troublesome than they initially believed.

Health care has been voters’ most pressing concern for most of President Trump’s time in office, and opposition to Republican attempts to reduce benefits was widely seen as a key reason Democrats took control of the …

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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