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We Don’t Need Private Health Insurance

New single-payer plans don’t need to worry about carving out roles for health-care profiteers.

  • Adam Gaffney
  • The Nation

Does achieving “Medicare for All” mean mostly eliminating private health insurance?

Single-payer proponents say yes: After all, if a public plan provides comprehensive, no-deductible coverage for everyone, nobody would want—much less be willing pay for—duplicative private coverage.

Yet candidates who previously embraced single-payer sometimes seem a bit unsure. For instance, Senator Cory Booker, who co-sponsored Senator Bernie Sanders’s single-payer plan back in 2017, was asked whether he…

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