Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Sanders, co-sponsors to introduce Medicare-for-All bill Wednesday

Sanders, co-sponsors to introduce Medicare-for-All bill Wednesday

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is set to release his "Medicare for All" bill on Wednesday, which would create a single-payer healthcare system for the United States. Meantime, Sanders's stronger-than-expected challenge to Clinton in 2016 showed the power that a base-energizing, single-payer-supporting candidate can have. He joins fellow Democrats Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., in support of Sanders' legislation. That four of the first five to come out in support of Sanders's bill all came from a relatively small universe of top presidential hopefuls suggests that this will be a litmus test issue in 2020. Still, many conservatives disregarded the bait-and-switch theory as overwrought because the Democrats have demonstrated such astonishing illiteracy concerning the economics of health care that it seemed entirely possible that they really thought Obamacare would succeed.

Warren and Harris, along with Sanders himself, have been discussed as likely candidates for president in 2020.

Although he did not endorse Sanders' specific bill, Sen. Attempts to dismantle portions of the bill have failed, but House and Senate GOP leaders remain committed to eliminating the law known as "Obamacare".

"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", he said in a post on Medium.

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More than 52% of Democrats believe health care should be run through a single national government program, the same poll said, though only 12% of Republicans believe the same. Tester said "we are so far away" from that debate in both March and June. "We do. It's important though that that health care be patient-centered and not government-centered". The legislation comes in light of uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama's healthcare law that continues to be in the crosshairs of congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump.

The Vermont independent nearly stole the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton past year.

The liberal California Democrat says that while she has long supported the idea the bill captures, of everybody getting health coverage, "Right now I'm protecting the Affordable Care Act".

He went on to say that while access to health care has improved, "it would be terrific to have a simple, seamless system where, exclusively by virtue of living in America, you know that you will get the care you need".

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