Politically speaking at least, the single most brilliant ideological contribution to the Democratic primary this season comes from Pete Buttigieg:
Medicare for All WHO WANT IT.
It is unclear to me whether the numbers would work, but there is no doubt that it is a smart approach to handling the touchy issue of how to further expand health care access to get to universality without alienating the millions – notably including many union members who have spilled blood, sweat, and tears to get excellent health care benefits – who already have private health care plans they like.
The single worst framing of an issue comes on the same topic: telling millions of Americans that they must give up their private health care.
This is bad politics in part because it is, in part, silly: even single payer nations like France, Canada, and Great Britain allow for substantial private supplemental insurance.
So it is political folly to run on a platform of taking AWAY health care.
Buttigieg provides the smart alternative political frame.
Hopefully, Biden will steal the idea if Buttigieg falls short of gaining the nomination, and Warren will be able to use her remarkable political skills to extricate herself from her current position if she is our nominee – not an easy task when your opponent is as skilled at repetitively lying and reframing as this one is.