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WBUR: How Elizabeth Warren Plans To Pay For ‘Medicare For All’

“How do you think the math in this health care plan checks out?

Mark Pauly: “Any projection by economists is all fuzzy math. As Yogi Berra might have said, ‘Fuzzy math projections are fuzzy math, especially about the future.’ And so is this one. There is a set of assumptions — cleverly — I have to give credit for the team that put together these set of numbers, to make the target hit the bullet, to have no explicit tax on the middle class. They did a wonderful job with a kind of tight squeeze. But, as the saying goes, there’s no guarantees. And really, I think what people ought to think about is, what assumptions do you need to make in order for these guesses to be true? What bets would you be making if you decided that the numbers could be correct? That’s important to say. What bets would you be making that would have to be true to have that happen?”

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