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The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., may have ended, but his “Medicare-for-all” crusade marches on. Writing in The New York Times last week, Sanders argued that the coronavirus outbreak proved the government should take over our nation’s health care system.

Sanders isn’t the only one championing “Medicare-for-all” in the wake of the pandemic. More than half of voters now say they support a single-payer system.

But “Medicare-for-all” would not have improved our nation’s response to the outbreak. Other countries with socialized medicine have struggled mightily to combat COVID-19. In fact, the United States would have been even less prepared for the pandemic under “Medicare-for-all.”

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Sanders claims that COVID-19 lays bare the “absurdity and cruelty” of our health care system. He takes issue with the fact that millions of Americans who have recently lost their jobs have also lost their employer-sponsored health insurance. The Vermont senator worries about hospitals going bankrupt and health care workers getting laid off, even as the pandemic rages around us.

Sanders believes “Medicare-for-all” is necessary to fix all those problems. He’s sorely mistaken.

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