By Sally Pipes
Fox News, July 1, 2019
Health care dominated the first two Democratic presidential debates. Among the most dramatic moments was when moderator Lester Holt asked the candidates to raise their hands if they supported outlawing private insurance and forcing everyone onto a new government-run, “Medicare-for-all” plan. During each debate, only two candidates—Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Bill de Blasio on night one, and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris on night two—said they would. Hours later, Harris claimed she didn’t understand the question and walked back her support. But at least the hand-raisers are honest about wanting to kick people off their health insurance. The other 16 envision a much greater role for government in our nation’s health care system as well, one that at the very least includes a government-sponsored “public option” health plan. That may sound like a moderate alternative to “Medicare-for-all.” But it’s just a slow-walk to single-payer. And it’s one of my three Democratic debate deceptions on health care. Click here to read more.