Medicare for all sign President Joe Biden has stopped short of supporting Medicare for All, saying he prefers to expand the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) –Progressive Democrats are reviving their Medicare for All plan this week, part of a push for universal health coverage they say is even more urgent after the coronavirus pandemic exposed and exacerbated disparities in the U.S. health-care system.

The bill has little chance of passing this Congress with Republicans and moderate Democrats opposing its wide reach, but the measure lays out progressive priorities for transforming a health care system worth nearly a fifth of U.S. gross domestic product. The plan would eliminate private health insurance and require the federal government to establish a single-payer program that covers all U.S. residents.

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