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Medicare-for-all plans get a reality check
The Washington Post

Liberal Democrats’ goal of transforming the U.S. health-care system into a single, government-financed model would be “complicated, challenging and potentially disruptive,” Congress’s budget analysts caution in a report.

The analysis, issued Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office, offers a reality check on the campaign slogans that have characterized a growing crop of Democratic presidential aspirants who champion the idea of Medicare-for-all.

The report lays out “opportunities and risks” of moving every American into a single government plan that covers all or most medical services. On the plus side, it says, such a plan would produce universal coverage and probably a more efficient health system. Among the negatives: higher government spending and taxes — and potentially longer waits for some treatments and technologies.

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