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    Single-Payer Health Schemes Are Dividing Democrats

    Can they find a cure? As Democrats ramp up efforts to unseat Republican members of Congress in places like Orange County, California, a key issue is prompting what some say is an unhealthy rivalry. The party’s progressive wing is pushing a government-funded, single-payer health care system that would be comprehensive in its coverage, but hit taxpayers with pricey mandates. More moderate Democrats believe that’s unsuitable for purple districts — and GOP strategists agree, saying it’s just the kind of tax-and-spend proposal that Republican voters won’t stomach.

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