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Democratic Left Playing a Long Game to Get ‘Medicare for All’

  • Short on support, advocates move to shift health care debate
  • Debate is likely to be central in 2020 election campaigns
Senator Bernie Sanders And Democratic Senate Co-Sponsors Introduce Medicare For All Bill
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

A clamor to create “Medicare for All” has exploded on the left. Democratic presidential hopefuls are racing to co-sponsor legislation, rising stars in the party are embracing it, and national polls show Americans warming to the concept.

But even the idea’s most fervent backers acknowledge that the goal is far off in the distance, beyond the next year or even the 2020 election.