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The Health 202: Bernie Sanders says Medicare-for-all would reduce health spending. But that’s unclear.
The Washington Post

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) insists most Americans would ultimately pay less for their health care if the country transitioned to a Medicare-for-all system.

That’s an argument worth considering. But it’s unlikely to happen under the hugely generous plan suggested by Sanders, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders offered this argument in a widely viewed Fox News town hall on Monday evening, where the hosts quizzed him on how he’d pay for the latest version of his Medicare-for-all plan. The original version of the bill would cost an estimated $32 trillion over a decade, many times more than the Affordable Care Act. And this latest version adds on even more benefits (as The Health 202 detailed here).