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

Emily Rappleye (Twitter) - Print  | 

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.

Read more here


More articles on leadership and management:

Mercy hospital system to cut jobs, restructure
Trump kicks off 2020 run: Here's what he said about healthcare
New Geisinger CEO Dr. Jaewon Ryu on his vision for democratizing world-class care

© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2020. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.

To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.