Medicare For All? Yes, But How Do We Get There?

Everyone is talking about the idea of Medicare for All (MFA) these days -- Democratic presidential candidates, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Republicans eager to scare people, since scaring people is pretty much their only strategy. I have been an advocate of Medicare for All for more than 40 years, ever since I was in high school, when Teddy Kennedy and Jimmy Carter came to loggerheads over whether to push for it at the highest point of Democratic Party political power. Carter broke the party in half by refusing to work with Kennedy. Fast forward 30 years, after Kennedy’s death, and Nancy Pelosi narrowly salvaged the watered-down Obamacare bill, despite waffling Democratic suppo

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