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The Masthead Weekly 03.08.19

The new class of Democrats is starting to put forth big, new reforms that would socialize health care. Those plans won’t pass, but our health writer Olga Khazan is here to explain why you should pay attention anyway. — Matt Peterson

What to Know: The Push for Single-Payer Health Care

By Olga Khazan

What we’re watching: Now that Democrats have taken the House and we’re all getting a little sick of insurance networks and crazy co-pays, good old-fashioned socialized medicine is looking mighty tempting to some. Progressive House Democrats unveiled a Medicare-for-all bill late last month, which would do away with private insurance and move everyone onto a public insurance plan with no out-of-pocket costs. The rub? It will probably cost trillions of dollars, and we don’t know yet how it would be paid for. It’s also almost certainly not going to happen unless Dems control all of Congress and the presidency, which is to say, until 2021 at the earliest—and it might not even happen then. But Democrats are getting the ball rolling anyway.

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