DETROIT ― If you want to know what an argument about “Medicare for All” would look like in a general election, the Democratic primary debate on Tuesday gave you a pretty good preview.
For roughly 30 minutes, the candidates argued with each other and, sometimes, with moderator Jake Tapper over the merits of creating a new, government-run insurance program that would enroll every American.
Defenders of the idea had passion ― and truth ― on their side. They faced some disingenuous and had accurate, powerful responses to them.
But they never got around to addressing some of the more legitimate qualms Medicare for All skeptics have raised ― and at some point, presumably, they’ll need to do so.