Today, the debate seems to have reached a new level on the Democrats’ side. Now that Obamacare seems no longer under threat, the Democrats are preparing for the 2020 elections by competing with proposals for extended, even universal health coverage; an idea hitherto reserved for the party's far-left fringe, represented by Bernie Sanders.
On the Republican side, this idea is completely rejected, but the party is struggling to find a promising theme around health since the failure of the "Repeal and Replace Obamacare". In his State of the Union speech on February 5, Donald Trump mentioned health several times, but seemed to have definitively buried one of his main campaign proposals: the end of the Obamacare. Conservative groups are looking to position themselves and one of the possible options would be to build proposals around the importance of federalism and the role of states in health innovations ("The state innovation approach").
"Medicare-For-All": an unlikely policy at the heart of the future Democratic primaries
Despite the Affordable Care Act, 28 million Americans continue to have no medical coverage, and many insurance policies offer only very minimal coverage. Implementing a "Medicare-For-All", named after the health insurance for the elderly managed by the American federal government, could enable the entire population to have their medical care covered.