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What to Know: Sen. Bernie Sanders succeeded in making single-payer health care—Medicare-for-All—into a mainstream political position for the Democrats. Even the most moderate proposal by former Mayor Pete Buttigieg includes “Medicare for all who want it”—a public option.
The TPPF Take: The problem is that a public option will turn into health care for none.
“A public option would crowd out those in our health care system who need its services the most,” says TPPF’s Elizabeth O’Connor. “It could increase costs to those who do not want to be insured but are forced to be, via a government mandate. We are a country that values choices, and this would ultimately remove those from our health care system.”