Sanders forces universal health care issue

Sanders forces universal health care issue

Sanders forces universal health care issue

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., has declared his intention to become the latest co-sponsor of a "Medicare for all" bill being introduced into the Senate by former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill, which is expected to be filed Wednesday. Sanders, who ran his own presidential primary campaign in 2016, also promised health care reform. Senators Kamala Harris, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Elizabeth Warren declared their support for the bill last week. The most recent iteration came in amid his unexpectedly strong bid for the Democratic presidential nomination past year. Democratic lawmakers working with Sanders' office on the draft legislation were concerned about the bill's reliance on a global budget and capitated payments, "given what Republicans are now doing with per capita caps", according to the email obtained by Inside Health Policy, . Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care proposal.

Merkley, a Democrat, endorsed Sanders' presidential candidacy a year ago and has worked with him on issues ranging from cannibus legalization to a proposed ban on fossil fuel development on public lands. The poll showed just 33 percent overall favored single-payer specifically - versus a "mix of government and private programs" - but among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, 52 percent wanted single-payer. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare-for-all" bill, which would allow every American to enroll in the single-payer insurance program.

Gillibrand has been open about her support for a single-payer system at several recent town halls across NY. "I think health care should be a right to all", said Booker.

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The Democrats are moving toward single-payer because they believe (probably rightly) that it will excite their base. "I think, right now, he wants to be the rational and reasonable voice of the progressive wing of the Democratic party". Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Chris Murphy of CT, whose staff has reportedly worked with Sanders on the legislation, have also expressed support for the idea of Medicare for All.

"That's why I support Medicare for All", which he called "the best way to ensure that every American finally has access to quality, affordable health care". Just a year ago, Hillary Clinton dismissed single-payer as "a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass".

The timing of the Medicare-for-all push comes as Republicans in Congress continue to push for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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