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Republican congressional candidate Josh Duvall.

Duvall attacks Norcross on universal healthcare

Fight over single-payer systems took center stage at Thursday’s debate

By Nikita Biryukov, September 13 2019 11:36 am

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House Candidate Josh Duvall attacked Rep. Donald Norcross over the congressman’s support for universal healthcare Friday.

“The famed, ‘Medicare-for-All’ plan would take away the private health insurance of nearly 200 million Americans, forcing us into a socialist style rationing health care system,” Duvall said. “For cancer survivors like me, that is a medical nightmare.”

Norcross supports the transition to a single-payer healthcare system.

While they’re unlikely to prove troublesome in a safely-Democratic district like the one Norcross represents, single-payer healthcare proposals pushed by some Democratic presidential candidates could put some other House Democrats in an awkward position.

The party’s split over the issue was on full display during the third Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, where former Vice President Joe Biden, the frontrunner, defended the Affordable Care Act’s incremental movements over all-in-one reforms like those pushed by U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

“The Democratic party was on full display once again last night, this time ratcheting up the rhetoric on their extreme far-left policy proposals,” Duvall said. “Government takeover of health care was a thread that weaved its way through the entire debate, being revisited time and time again.”

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