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Public and Private street signs Many voters, including Democrats, support single-payer health insurance, but not as the sole option. (Image: Shutterstock)

COVID-19 has emboldened Democratic candidates and lawmakers to push for progressive health care policies, but even a pandemic might not convince voters to support universal health care.

To be sure, Democratic members of Congress, like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, have pushed for increased health care funding, such as providing paid sick leave and free personal protective equipment to essential workers. Even presidential candidate Joe Biden, with a far less progressive take on health care than his Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, cited the coronavirus in calling on President Donald Trump to drop the federal government’s support of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. More than 30 million Americans are unemployed due to COVID-19, many having lost the health insurance their employers provided them.

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