Progressives Playing the Long Game to Get Medicare for All
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Their aim for now is to shift the health care debate. By making single-payer health care — a model under which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan — the progressive position, advocates argue that gives Democrats representing conservative areas of the country political cover to support more modest proposals to expand the government’s role in health insurance.
“Everybody understands we’re not going to get Medicare for All enacted in January. But it’s a marker about where we want to land, which is to say we want everybody to have health care,” Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii said in an interview. “This is about moving the so-called Overton window.”
Moving that Overton window — the spectrum of ideas the public will accept — captures the progressive strategy for making the government’s Medicare program available for everyone, not just those over 65. Schatz, for instance, is a co-sponsor of Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation, but has also offered a less comprehensive alternative which would give states the authority to let people who aren’t otherwise eligible buy into the Medicaid program targeted to aiding low-income individuals.
McElwee said there are “significant political hurdles in the way of single payer” and there likely will be attempts “water down” the idea of Medicare for All so that it becomes palatable to centrist Democrats.
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December 28, 2018 at 8:54 AM #5746EnthusiastParticipant
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Because most Americans favor a Medicare for All solution it becomes the centrist position by default.
How else could we determine where an issue falls on the political scale?
I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".
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