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Does Warren's Plan to Pay for Medicare-For-All Add Up?

 
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Elizabeth Warren promised Friday to spend more than $20 trillion over the next decade to provide government-funded health care to every American without raising middle class taxes — finally offering ideas about how to implement the massive “Medicare for All” program without taking a larger bite out of most Americans’ salaries.

The Massachusetts senator famously “has a plan” for everything from providing universal child care to canceling college debt, but details of how she’d pay for her health plan come with far higher political stakes. Warren spent weeks, and two straight Democratic presidential primary debates, refusing to provide a straight answer on if she’d have to increase middle class taxes to make the numbers work. Today, she released her plan

The plan is built on transferring to the government 98% of the $8.8 trillion she estimates that employers will spend on private insurance for their employees. Continue reading and listen to Shana Charles, assistant professor of public health, discuss the plan on KPCC

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