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Medicare for All Key Issue Going into 2020 Presidential Election

More Democratic candidates are throwing their hats into the 2020 presidential election every week, and one key issue being discussed is the divisive topic of expanding Medicare coverage, specifically Medicare for All. Americans are increasingly embracing the idea of a universal healthcare system. For the time being, that seems to be Medicare for All.

What is Medicare for All?

Medicare for All has become an umbrella term meaning, for most people, an American version of universal healthcare. Additional universal healthcare proposals have been called Medicare for America, Medicare Extra for All, Medicare Advantage for All, and Medicare Part E.

No matter which name the policy falls under, it’s proven a linchpin issue for Democrats entering the 2020 presidential election season.

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Which 2020 Democratic candidates support Medicare for All?

So far, more than half of the Democratic presidential hopefuls have thrown their support behind the Medicare for All movement.

The following Democrats who support Medicare for All are officially running in the 2020 presidential election:

  • Senator Cory Booker
  • Senator Kamala Harris
  • Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
  • Representative Tulsi Gabbard
  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Former tech executive Andrew Yang

The rest of the candidates support some version of universal healthcare, but not necessarily Medicare for All:

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  • Former West Virginia State Senator Richard Ojeda
  • Former Representative John Delaney

Bernie Sanders has also entered the 2020 presidential race as of February 19 and is the only Democratic candidate to unabashedly support Medicare for All. In 2017, Sanders brought forth the Medicare for All Bill to the Senate floor and has championed the movement ever since.

How does the American public feel about Medicare for All?

A recent poll from Pew Research Center ranks healthcare as one of the top three most important concerns Americans have, second only to the economy. According to this poll, 69 percent of Americans say that reducing healthcare-related costs should be one of Congress’ top priorities.

Another poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that that the majority of Americans are in favor of expanding public health coverage. As far as Democrats were concerned, 81 percent of those polled were in favor of Medicare for All.

The poll also found that:

  • 77% would support expanding the Medicare eligibility age to include people age 50 and up,
  • 74% would support a national healthcare system open to anyone, and
  • 56% would support Medicare for All specifically.

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