Medicare for All

Democrats' 2 big ideas aren't breaking through in Wisconsin

Bernie Sanders at Medicare for All rally
Sen. Bernie Sanders at a "Medicare for all" rally. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Here's something that ought to catch Democrats' attention: Swing voters at a recent focus group in Wisconsin hadn't heard of either the Green New Deal or "Medicare for all."

Why it matters: These are Democrats' biggest policy staples heading into the 2020 presidential election. They're talking about them all the time, and the ideas are even being weaponized by the right to label the entire Democratic Party as socialists. But none of that is breaking through in this key battleground state.

Medicare for All: Where the Democratic candidates stand

A pic stitch of Bet O'Rourke, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warre (D-Mass.)
Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Photo: Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidates are laying out plans for universal health-care coverage, with Medicare for All overpowering the conversation.

The big picture: All 2020 Democrats said they believe in the concept of universal health care, except they vary on how to get there — and on which plan can be more appealing to achieve nationwide support.

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