2020 Democrats divided over 'Medicare for All,' public option

More than half of Democratic presidential candidates want a public option, rather than "Medicare for All," which would require a more extensive overhaul of the healthcare system, according to a survey of candidates conducted by The New York Times.

Twelve of the 19 candidates said they preferred a public option, which involves adding a government-sponsored health insurance option into the marketplace to compete with private plans. Seven preferred a single-payer plan. However, commitment to single-payer varied within those seven candidates, The New York Times notes. For example, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said he would support a public option "on the path to" single-payer, whereas Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said "there's no excuse for stopping at half-measures."

Funding for the policies included a range of plans, including higher taxes and higher premiums, according to the report.

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