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Does Gavin Newsom have the answer to Democrats' health care fights?

Posted On: Nov 19, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Does Gavin Newsom have the answer to Democrats' health care fights?

A year and a half ago, Gavin Newsom was in the same place as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, running in a tough Democratic primary and vowing “it's about time” for a single-payer health care system while dismissing his critics as “can't-do Democrats” who refuse to think big. Now he's in a different place. The sleek businessman with the wavy pompadour has changed his rhetoric and slowed his pace. “These things take time,” he acknowledged after his primary victory. As governor, Newsom's health care program has been more incremental than promised, annoying some allies in the single-payer movement while winning some unexpected praise from industry groups. But he also may have found something larger than his own agenda: A health care path that builds on past successes, enacts fresh reforms and may eventually lead to a single-payer system - without the political earthquake that so many predict under Sanders' bill or Warren's financing plan. Newsom's is by far the most relevant - and revelatory - experiential...

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