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Murphy: $32-Trillion Single-Payer “Not a Radical Idea Any Longer”

August 3, 2018 By Staff
Murphy: $32-Trillion Single-Payer “Not a Radical Idea Any Longer”

The junior senator, who may run for president, is inching closer to an embrace of single-payer health care.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told Politico this week that single-payer health care is “not a radical idea any longer,” appearing to paint as all but settled the debate over the $32-trillion plan pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Here’s Politico‘s bite, framed by Murphy’s possible run for president:

And the debate will take on enormous significance ahead of the 2020 presidential race, with a wide open Democratic field that could force candidates to use the issue to differentiate themselves on issues like health care.

“It’s not a fringe idea. It’s not a radical idea any longer,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

However, George Mason University’s Mercatus Center just published a report suggesting single-payer would “add approximately $32.6 trillion to federal budget commitments during the first 10 years of its implementation.”

Advocates of so-called “Medicare for All” argue the country would actually spend less on health care over time, because a “single-payer” system would be better able to control cost growth, negotiate prices, and avoid overhead.

But Mercatus warns that, in addition to the costs saddled on the federal government, “Medicare for All” would “markedly increase the demand for healthcare services while simultaneously cutting payments to provid­ers by more than 40 percent.” That could impact availability and/or quality of services, Mercatus says, though it “cannot be knkown how much providers will react.”

Republicans, and some Democrats, perhaps, would disagree with Murphy that single-payer health care is no longer a “radical idea.”