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In yesterday's debate, Democratic candidates fought over whether the party should embrace a sweeping "Medicare for All" program or make more modest changes to the current health care system. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the field’s most progressive voices, staunchly defended Medicare for All, which would eliminate private insurance coverage in favor of a government-run system. "The American people understand that the current health care system is not only cruel — it is dysfunctional," Sanders said. Former Vice President Joe Biden countered that many people are happy with private insurance through their jobs, while Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, complained about other candidates seeking to take "the divisive step" of ordering people onto universal health care, "whether they like it or not." Democrats successfully campaigned on health care last year, winning control of the House on a message that Republicans were slashing existing benefits. But moderates worry that Medicare for All is more complicated and may not pay the same political dividend.

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump


ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed Wednesday in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take...
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