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Would Lamont Election Help Murphy on Single-Payer Issue?

August 6, 2018 By Staff
Would Lamont Election Help Murphy on Single-Payer Issue?

The Washington Post profiled Democratic gubernatorial candidates embracing single-payer, and included Ned Lamont.

The Washington Post gave Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Ned Lamont a shoutout Sunday for supporting single-payer health care, noting he’s one of several Democrats running for governor in 2018 that’s comfortable with the idea.

Other candidates have talked up single-payer but skimped on the details.

In Connecticut, Ned Lamont has said that he would “champion a single-payer system” but at the national level.

Lamont is the second prominent statewide Democrat to be mentioned in the same breath as single-payer in under a week. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told Politico last week that single-payer health care is “not a fringe idea. It’s not a radical idea any longer.”

Republicans, and some Democrats, perhaps, would disagree with Murphy, and with Lamont’s championship of the issue.

As Reclaim Connecticut noted last week, 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.”