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Health care comes in focus, this time as risk for Democrats

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 01, 2019 - 1:31 PM

WASHINGTON - Health care is back as the focus of presidential politics.

But Democrats are split over "Medicare for All" and those divisions were on display in this week's Democratic debates. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren called for a switch to government-run health insurance for all.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden says, "Obamacare is working," and promises to add a public option to cover more people.

Sen. Kamala Harris takes the middle ground with a new Medicare for All concept that preserves private insurance plans that could be sponsored by employers, and phases in more gradually.

Employer coverage remains the mainstay of health insurance and it's popular. Democrats tampering with it take a risk. A new poll says more than 8 in 10 people rate their plan as good or excellent.

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