South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg starting airing a new presidential campaign ad in Iowa touting his plan to expand health care access across the country.
“First, my plan gives everybody access to Medicare — everybody,” he says in the ad. “But, if you’re happy with the private insurance you’ve got, my plan would let you stick with it — if you want.”
“Now, others say it’s Medicare for All or nothing,” he says.
The debate over how to strengthen the nation’s health care system has been a central part of the 2020 Democratic nomination race.
Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont has led the charge on Medicare for All, pushing a bill that would virtually eliminate private health insurance over four years.
Others, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have endorsed the idea.
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