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Health Care: Common Decency, Common Sense - No matter how simple the initial proposal, the final result will be complex

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Medicare for All is appealing because the program already works well for senior citizens & the disabled, at a cost lower than private insurance.  So why not just expand it to cover everyone? The question is HOW to reach that goal.  The answer should be pragmatic. 2 provisions are essential: a public option ( Medicare for all who want it), and allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. We should leave private health insurance alone becasue private insurance is a problem that will resolve itself -- employer-provided plans will be going away as fast as employers can make employees into independent contractors.  Employees who like their plans now will soon be begging for Medicare.  And individual plans won’t be able to compete with a public option. So overall, Such a cautious approach to health care reform will let Democrats keep the campaign’s focus where it ought to be: on Donald Trump.

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