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"We make sure that everybody can afford [public health insurance], but we don't require you to take it. And partly I think that's just the right policy, because I think people should be able to choose," Pete Buttigieg said. Lucy Hewett for NPR hide caption

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'Just The Right Policy': Pete Buttigieg On His 'Medicare For All Who Want It' Plan

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Democratic presidential candidates (from left): Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a Democratic presidential debate. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Democrats Can Calm Their 2020 Election Anxiety By Accepting That There's No One Else

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Democratic presidential hopefuls (from left): Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., onstage before the July debate. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (left), Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Bernie Sanders are among the Democratic candidates running for president. Sean Rayford, Paras Griffin, Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts addresses the Moral Action Congress of the Poor People's Campaign on June 17 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The debate stage before a 2016 Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC and YouTube in Charleston, S.C. Candidates will need higher poll numbers and more grassroots donors to participate in later debates this year. Mic Smith/AP hide caption

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters legislative conference in March. He got into the Democratic presidential nomination fight Thursday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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