AP FACT CHECK: Claims from Dem debate opener, Night 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Democrats seeking the presidency sparred on a Miami stage Thursday in the second night of the opening round of 2020 campaign debates.

Here’s a look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts.

BERNIE SANDERS: Under Medicare for All, “the vast majority of the people in this country will be paying significantly less for health care than they are now.”

THE FACTS: Probably true, but that’s only part of the equation for a family. The Vermont senator’s plan for a government-run health care system to replace private insurance calls for no premiums, and no copays and deductibles. But taxes would have to go up significantly as the government takes on trillions of dollars in health care costs now covered by employers and individuals. Independent studies estimate the government would be spending an additional $28 trillion to $36 trillion over 10 years, although Medicare for All supporters say that’s overstating it.

How those tax increases would be divvied up remains to be seen, as Sanders has not released a blueprint for how to finance his plan.

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Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.

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