Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joins chorus pushing 'Medicare for all'

More senators plan to co-sponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all bill

More senators plan to co-sponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all bill

Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care bill, saying her immediate goal is to protect the Affordable Care Act from President Donald Trump's efforts to dismantle it. Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care bill Tuesday, making him the twelfth senator to back Sanders in his push for "Medicaid-for-All". Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), are all reportedly backing Sanders' bill.

"We've made tremendous strides in expanding access to health care across our nation, but many Americans still are rightfully frustrated by the cost and complexity of our current system". The rising support among Democrats for Sanders' sweeping proposal, which would entail a massive overhaul of a major part of the USA economy, marks a clear sea change to the left in party.

The Hill called the call for co-sponsors a "key test for 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls". "Medicare-for-all is one way to get there".

The idea to put the entire health care industry under government control for all 320 million Americans is not popular. "I think health care should be a right to all", Booker told NJTV.

Pelosi says President Barack Obamas Affordable Care Act is actually more comprehensive than Medicare.

Like Sanders, Booker, Harris and Warren have all been floated as potential Trump challengers in the 2020 presidential race. "To support the idea that it captures is that we want to have everybody, as many people as possible, covered".

"What we have right now is a country where just because of your wealth, it will depend on whether you have healthcare or not", Booker continued.

Supporting the Sanders bill helps Democrats broadcast their progressive bona fides to the millions of voters who backed the iconic liberal independent past year. Senator Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his Medicare for All bill this week, with a considerable number of co-sponsors. Mr Sanders has not explained how much his proposal would cost, but the tab is sure to be hefty.

The interesting thing about this new dynamic is that both the moderate wing of the GOP and the hardliners can claim vindication from it. Referencing Suderman's prediction, David Frum, the Republican intellectual who in 2010 encouraged his party (in vain) to compromise with the Democrats on healthcare reform, remarked on Twitter that "my mistake was being 7 years ahead of the times". Even if they're ultimately successful and we achieve universal health coverage in America, getting there will take years and the debate will have many ups and downs.

On the eve of Senate Democrats rolling out their most prominent single-payer health care plan to date, even the conference's most conservative member says the idea is at least worth a look.

Alexander said Tuesday that Republicans want "real state flexibility" to let insurers offer "a larger variety of benefits and payment rules".

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