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‘Medicare for All’ Falters as Top Democrats Fret Over Backlash

  • Votes lacking to advance any plan for single-payer insurance
  • Moderate Democrats line up against upending insurance industry
Medicare for All

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The “Medicare for All” push is hitting serious obstacles in the U.S. House in the face of resistance from Democratic leaders concerned that replacing the private insurance system would generate backlash from voters who like their coverage.

The House Budget Committee is holding a hearing on Wednesday to explore “design components and considerations for establishing a single-payer health care system,” which could serve as a preliminary step toward overhauling how Americans get health insurance coverage.