Modern Healthcare: ‘Medicare for all’ proves to be tricky issue for Democrats

“Medicare for all,” the concept of expanding Medicare into a single payer for seniors and non-seniors alike, has divided the House Democratic caucus ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Single-payer advocates continue to push the idea, but Democratic strategists hope the issue remains fringe at best, making it fodder for debate in the primaries but unlikely to define Congress’ healthcare platform for 2020.

An April poll on the subject found a slim majority—51% of the public—favors a single-payer system, according to the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation, which conducted the survey.

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