Health care is the issue voters say they care about most going into 2020. One option proposed by Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren is to get rid of private insurance altogether and create a single-payer, government-run system they call “Medicare for all.”

Gerald Friedman, who has been researching health care for over four decades, argues there’s a more affordable and more politically expedient way to achieve a similar end. The University of Massachusetts Amherst economist explains the idea and shows how the U.S. could afford it.

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Several Democrats running for president in 2020 support some version of Medicare for all. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

How the US could afford ‘Medicare for all’

Gerald Friedman, University of Massachusetts Amherst

There's a very simple way to give Medicare to all: delete six words from the legislation that created the program in 1965.

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