Bernie Sanders' government plan to provide "Medicare for All" is getting increasing support from prominent Democrats and appears headed to become an important part of the party platform in the future. Bernie Sanders' single-payer healthcare bill, saying her immediate goal is to protect the Affordable Care Act from President Trump's efforts to dismantle it. At this point it's fast becoming a prerequisite for any Democrat hoping to run for the presidency in 2020.
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez remained reluctant on Tuesday to come out in support of single-payer health care in the United States, despite growing support from Democrats for such a system. It's a reminder of how much the Democratic Party is drifting toward a universe where single-payer health care is the default position.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another senator popular with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, announced her support on Thursday in an email to supporters.
"What we have right now as a country is where just because of your wealth will depend on whether you have healthcare or not", said Booker, appearing on NJTV, New Jersey's PBS affiliate on Monday.
In any case, the first thing Democrats have to acknowledge is that if this is going to be their goal, they have a challenging persuasion task ahead of them.
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"As I've been traveling around NY, the number one thing I keep hearing from New Yorkers is that people are very anxious that their health care is still too expensive", Gillibrand said Tuesday. Bernie Sanders's forthcoming Medicare-for-all legislation are proposing ideas that would expand the government's role in health care. Sen.
"I don't think it's a litmus test", Pelosi said. The Republicans' self-inflicted defeat and their unwillingness to keep their Obamacare repeal promises have opened the door for a push for single-payer health care.
Already, two Democrats seen as potential presidential contenders, California Sen.
"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". Democratic activists believe the GOP's failed attempt to repeal Obamacare has strengthened the resolve of the nation's leftists.
After former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was selected as the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, numerous voters who had backed Sanders in the primary were skeptical of her progressive chops.