If you watch tonight’s Democratic debates, you’re likely going to see some attacks on Medicare for All and the idea of a public option that would allow anyone to buy into a Medicare-style plan. Those attacks won’t just be coming from the candidates on stage.
The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future — a coalition of drugmakers, insurers and other parts of the health care industry — is launching television and digital ads during the debate as part of a seven-figure campaign targeting Medicare for All, Medicare buy-in and public option plans.
“With about 90 percent of Americans covered, our leaders need to focus on solutions that control costs and build and improve upon what’s working – not on one-size-fits-all government-controlled systems that would force Americans to pay more and wait longer for worse care,” Lauren Crawford Shaver, the industry group’s executive director, said in a statement.
Why it matters: The ad blitz shows "industry groups view Medicare for All as a serious threat in a 2020 election,” writes The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Armour.