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Sanders sharpens the choice Democrats face on health care

Congressional Democrats are locking arms to protect the Affordable Care Act — the party’s signature achievement during Barack Obama’s presidency — as President Donald Trump renews his efforts to repeal it.

With one prominent exception.

In media interviews last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders — among the front-runners for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination – pointedly refused to endorse legislation that House Democrats had introduced to expand the ACA and to block Trump administration initiatives designed to weaken some of its core consumer protections.  Instead, Sanders underscored his support for replacing the ACA with “Medicare for All” legislation, in which government would become the “single payer” for virtually all health care services.