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FEATURING LINDSAY KOSHGARIAN – Healthcare reform is the single most important election-related issue for Americans. The vast majority of Americans dread a medical emergency even when they are covered by a health insurance plan. It is no surprise that poll after poll shows strong and growing public support to expand the government funded health plan for seniors called Medicare to all Americans.

But, the pull of the insurance lobby is strong and both establishment Democrats and Republicans strongly oppose moving to a Medicare-for-All system. At the recent Democratic Presidential debate in Ohio, Senator Elizabeth Warren was challenged on how she would pay for such a plan and her answers were vague. Senator Bernie Sanders, the strongest champion of such a system admitted that taxes would have to be raised but they would be compensated by zero costs for premiums, co-payments and deductibles. My next guest, writing in the New York Times, says that we can have Medicare-for-All without even raising taxes.

Read Lindsay’s New York Times’ Op Ed ‘We Don’t Need to Raise Taxes to Have ‘Medicare for All,’ HERE. Also, visit www.peopleoverpentagon.org.

Lindsay Koshgarian, Research Director at National Priorities Project, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

**This segment was originally broadcast on October 21, 2019.

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