Relatively Modest Health Reform May Create More Value Than ‘Medicare for All’

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Twelve years ago, February, Barack Obama stood in front of a freezing crowd on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, and launched his campaign for the presidency. A major theme of his campaign was the need to provide health coverage for then estimated 50 million Americans who lacked it. Fulfilling this promise in the face of a serious financial crisis consumed the first third of his first presidential term and brought us the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA).