Twelfth Dem Backs Sanders' Single-Payer Bill

Twelfth Dem Backs Sanders' Single-Payer Bill

There is a significant bloc of conservatives who believe that Obamacare was always a enormous bait-and-switch operation.

The conventional wisdom these days is that the major Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 will end up endorsing some version of single-payer health care. "This is a fight about strategy for getting there".

"Health care should be an American right, not a mark of economic status out of reach to many just because they don't make enough money", Booker wrote in a Medium post on Monday. This would create an affordable, public health care plan that's available to any American to purchase through the already-existing insurance exchanges. A single payer bill in the House is cosponsored by more than half the Democratic caucus (though Nancy Pelosi is notably holding off).

"If, for whatever reason, the Congress doesn't pass healthcare reform, I believe - and I may be, too, totally off-base on this - but I believe that by the year 2000 we will have a single-payer system", she said". In Democratic American politics, circa early 2016, advocating for universal healthcare was not inside the Overton Window-in fact, it was considered a campaign killer. "I think majority look at Obamacare, and privately would tell you if they had to do it all over again and knew they would suffer all the pain they suffered, they would do single-payer", Cole said. I think we should have hearings. (Hint: It's the people paying your bills.) And if you think the 1 percent are going to cough up that much money, I've got a surprise for you.

"I'm signing onto Medicare-for-all, which I'm excited to do this week", Booker said in an interview with NJTV. "Back in "09, we were not ready to address it". It would never have passed. It's time for something better. I argued back in July that the biggest victor of the Obamacare repeal debate was single-payer. In my judgement, America was just not there ...

That gets to an important thing that a big goal like universal coverage can accomplish for Democrats, who are often accused of being too focused on small-bore policy change.

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Just this week, Democratic Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Jeff Merkley of OR announced they support the proposal by Sanders.

Jeff Merkley took a trip to Iowa that sparked more talk about his presidential ambitions, and while on the road announced that he will sponsor a "Medicare for All" bill drafted by Sen.

A number of progressive political organizations, including the National Nurses United, have effectively made the issue a litmus test for any Democratic candidates seeking their support going forward.

And as the GOP's failed effort to repeal Obama's 2010 law has demonstrated, opponents can latch onto a plan's details to shove its popularity downward.

Twenty years ago, mainstream Democrats wouldn't even dream of voting support for something so radical as a European-style healthcare system.