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A thread on @AndrewYang’s excellent-but-frustrating health care plan, and the complexities of running for President while also trying to set yourself up for success once you BECOME President.

Whether it’s achieving universal health care, net zero carbon, or eliminating poverty, no President can be effective without building bipartisan consensus.

I’d be very curious to see how many times the word “deregulation” is used in Yang’s health care proposals versus Sanders’.
I agree that @AndrewYang needs to lay out the mechanics of his M4A proposal, beyond the systemic reduction of costs he’s just described. Now that he has hitched up the horse, it’s time to address the cart.
But make no mistake: there are elements in Yang’s plan that go out of their way to find common ground with Republicans, which means it may be more likely to succeed.

(Reproductive health is a notable exception. This is his strongest pro-choice statement yet.)
As President, Yang will likely face a divided Congress, not to mention a conservative Supreme Court. He’ll have to negotiate. And he’ll need a political base that *rewards* him for negotiating and changing his mind when necessary, rather than penalizing him for overpromising.
At this stage, beyond declaring an intention to achieve universal coverage, how specific can Yang be, realistically? Bills take a long time to write.

And more importantly, what does Yang’s set of proposals mean for his brand in this primary?
I think Yang made a mistake adopting the M4A label. Not because it’s inaccurate; because Bernie appropriated the label as his own, and any ersatz M4A will inevitably boost Bernie’s signal at the competitor’s expense.

(Raise your hand if you’ve argued with a Berner over M4A.)
My understanding is that Warren’s M4A — yes, it IS true M4A — is far more detailed and actionable than Sanders’ single-payer-by-another-name. But by embracing the label, she hurt herself with the comparison, which seems (👈 the operative word) watered-down.
Since Yang also chose the M4A label, he set himself on a collision course with the same charybdis.

He clearly realized this, at least now; because the first few paragraphs of his healthcare plan are focused on setting Yang’s brand apart from squabbling over labels.
This shift will likely hurt Yang in the short term.

But if he plays his cards right, he could turn it into an asset.

As President, if he restricts himself to something as ideologically loaded as M4A, it reduces his bargaining power, even with his own party!
So as a candidate, Yang can set himself *above* the dispute over competing plans by focusing on deep systemic issues that he feels the other candidates do not adequately address.
It’s not up to a hypothetical President Yang to write the health care plan that eventually passes. It’s up to him to direct the political process towards the best possible outcome — one that will inevitably disappoint partisans on both sides.
So if he chooses his next steps carefully, clarifying his stance vis a vis the public option, and maintains an open and *frequently repeated* agnosticism about the best plan, Yang can boost his brand to seem more, well...


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