Unless you are a person of privilege, you’ve probably used Medicaid at one point or another in your life… and anyone who has used Medicaid knows how awesome that program really is.
It does not need all the improvements that Bernie admits Medicare would need to provide people with better coverage. It already includes optical, dental, and prescriptions. It also already allows negotiations (forbidden with Medicare), and other financial structures that reduce federal tax burdens. Medicaid, not Medicare for all, is what has always made more sense to me.
The good news: President Biden’s proposed budget includes creating a public option for Medicaid. The bad news: Bernie Sanders is undermining him. Instead of working on the Medicaid public option that Biden has called for, Bernie is dicking around with Medicare again. Why?