Fighting for a U.S. federal budget that prioritizes peace, economic security and shared prosperity
Alice Miranda Ollstein
Fans of Medicare for All have proposed chipping away at the nation’s military budget to fund a single-payer health system. The Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal think tank, calls for diverting $300 billion a year for universal health care.
Pros: Lawmakers of all political stripes are concerned about waste, fraud and abuse at the Pentagon and have called for more oversight and stricter auditing.
Cons : Pentagon spending still is one of the most popular ways to politicians to deliver the goods to their states and districts, and few want to risk angering local contractors or suppliers. This summer's budget deal saw congressional leaders and the White House agree to raise defense funding caps by $22 billion for the current fiscal year.