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While there is still some talk of “Medicare for All” as a solution for the nation’s continued high rate of uninsured citizens — particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic revealed just how tenuous the health care safety net is for tens of millions of Americans — the majority of policymakers who embrace the idea of expanded health care often cite the need for a public option.
Four pieces of legislation promoting the creation of a federal public option were introduced in Congress in 2019, and Democratic presidential candidates, including presumptive nominee Joe Biden, have called for such a measure.
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