Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

How to Think about "Medicare for All"

November 17, 2017

"How to Think about 'Medicare for All'" by Jim Morone was published in The New England Journal of Medicine on October 25, 2017. 

Progressives have gotten all fired up about universal health care coverage. Last time Senator Bernie Sanders proposed Medicare for All he stood alone. In September, sixteen Democrats crowded next to him, including several presidential hopefuls. But the conventional wisdom in Washington takes a cold view: Forget About It, Sanders and his colleagues don’t stand a chance. "How to Think about 'Medicare for All,'" published in the New England Journal of Medicine counters the conventional wisdom. Medicare for All is important, it stands in a long historical line of successful longshots, and it might just win. I suggest four questions to keep an eye on for handicapping its prospects. Can it really win in our fragmented, hate-the-government political system? Yes, it can. 

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