Reshaping the health care debate
If you’ve watched any of the Democratic debates or attended any campaign events, you know that health care has long been a central issue in the 2020 presidential race. Adding the coronavirus pandemic to the equation has made the stakes even higher and made the difference between Democratic and Republican visions of what the system should look like even more stark.
Advancing “Medicare for all” has, for two cycles now, been Mr. Sanders’s central policy priority, and our colleague Sydney Ember reports that he “believes he can meld this moment of national crisis with the progressive policy agenda that has been his life’s work.”
In related news:
Our colleague Reid J. Epstein reports that planners for the Democratic National Convention are looking at “contingency options” in case the mid-July gathering in Milwaukee can’t take place.
Our colleague Dionne Searcey looked back at how Americans managed to vote in 1918 when the nation was ravaged by the Spanish flu.
And our colleagues Katie Glueck and Sabrina Tavernise stopped to consider the fact that the most powerful people in American politics are seniors.
Will there be another debate?
Mr. Sanders would like to debate Mr. Biden again if, in fact, a debate is held in April as originally planned.
“Senator Sanders is still running for president,” Mike Casca, one of his top campaign officials, said on Tuesday. “If there is a debate in April, he plans to be there.”
Mr. Biden, not so much.
“I haven’t thought about any more debates,” he said a day later. “I think we’ve had enough debates. I think we should get on with this.”
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/28/us/politics/coronavirus-biden-trump-sanders.html