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Boost Obamacare or push for single-payer? Democrats face tough decisions on the road to 2020
Modern Healthcare

The act of defending the Affordable Care Act helped Democrats wrest back control of the House of Representatives in November. But in the run-up to the 2020 elections, holding steady may not be enough to prevent intraparty dissension over Medicare for All.

But proponents of Medicare for All, the slogan for a single-payer approach brought to the mainstream by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), expect the status quo to fuel their policy as healthcare industry profits soar and public disgust over high costs mounts.

“I think there’s already intense pressure for” Medicare for All, said Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, the California progressive who is pushing hard for a single-payer program. “Premiums are already rising, people aren’t happy with the coverage in many cases. There’s already this cry for a dramatic fix.”