ABC News January 15, 2020
Erin Schumaker

“We shouldn’t be saying this is going to cost more.”

It’s been a persistent question on the campaign trail and during debates, whenever presidential hopefuls Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tout their respective Medicare for all plans: How much is this going to cost?

The Warren campaign priced her plan at an eye-popping $52 trillion over the next decade. Sanders’ approach would cost $34 trillion over the same period, according to the Urban Institute, a public policy think tank.

While those steep price tags may spook some voters, new research, which analyzed nearly two dozen national and state-level single-payer health care proposals made over the last 30 years, suggests that single-payer plans are projected to save the country money over time, many...