Bernie Sanders may neverengage in the reformation of America’s health care system from aWhite House office. But his legacy may well include forcingHillary Clinton to carry outsome of his key health reform initiatives in order to keep Sandersfrom winning the Democrat’s presidential nomination.

Sanders has challenged Clinton to adopt several of his moreprogressive positions on health care reform, most notably thesingle-payer system for insurance. While Clinton hasn’t yetembraced single payer, this week sheannounced that she would support the Medicare buy-in concept thatSanders has also been pushing.

In Virginia, Clinton told an audience that she was in favor ofthe so-called “public option,” which would open up Medicareinsurance coverage to people younger than 65. The option wouldpermit younger people to pay part of the cost of Medicare coverageuntil they reach full coverage age, thus expanding less expensiveinsurance to more Americans.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.