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Murphy Plugs Public Option as “Plausible Path” to Single-Payer

July 23, 2018 By Staff
Murphy Plugs Public Option as “Plausible Path” to Single-Payer

The junior senator is an advocate for a public option for health insurance, which in this era is a moderate position within the Democratic Party.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told Axios, in an article published Monday, that a public option for health isnurance is “the much more plausible path to a single payer health care system.”

Here’s his full quote:

“I think the much more plausible path to a single payer health care system is through a public option. I just don’t know that the country is ready to support a bill that outlaws private insurance.”

Murphy’s predecessor also earned a cameo in the Axios piece. It was Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) who tanked the public option during debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in 2009. Lieberman eventually voted for the ACA, commonly known now as Obamacare.

Given how important the insurance industry is in Connecticut, it’s unsurprising that Lieberman was opposed to a public option. It’s also unsurprising Murphy does not want to ‘outlaw private insurance.’

What is surprising is that the public option, once considered a far-left item to support in the Democratic Party, now appears to be a moderate position in the opposition party.