Kirsten Gillibrand to Join Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for All' Legislation

Kirsten Gillibrand to Join Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for All' Legislation”

The repeal effort failed by one vote in the Senate.

Still, single-payer is gaining traction among Democrats. "We do. It's important though that that health care be patient-centered and not government-centered". But he repeated that he and Pelosi share view that the "immediate objective" is to protect Obamacare.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), meanwhile, is moving forward with a separate bill that would allow American consumers and business to buy into the Medicare system.

Gillibrand plans on co-sponsoring Sanders's bill, the New York Daily News reports.

Political operatives agree that control of the House is in play in the upcoming 2018 midterms. It's a reminder of how much the Democratic Party is drifting toward a universe where single-payer health care is the default position.

Sanders will unveil the proposal on Wednesday as Congress continues to grapple with the aftershocks of Republicans' failure to pass their own substitute for Obamacare. "Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)". The impact on employer-provided health care is uncertain.

Sanders' legislation has also drawn support from Democratic Sens. "I'm signing onto Medicare-for-all, which I'm excited to do this week", Booker said. And it's not because we don't think folks ought to have health care.

Harris is considered a potential 2020 presidential candidate and her early endorsement of Sanders' plan indicates how the legislation could emerge as a litmus test for other 2020 candidates - demonstrating their alignment with the liberal wing of the party.

"The last thing we need is to throw our country into a contentious debate about health care again".

Some of the Democratic Party's harshest critics are angling to be its leaders, and have not hesitated to attack it from the left, an MSNBC host opined Tuesday. "Health care should be a right for all, not a privilege just for the healthy & wealthy".

These six senators now openly have embraced the progressive idea of a single-payer system that once existed on the extreme fringe of the Democratic Party.

Former Sanders campaign digital organizing director Claire Sandberg believes that the pressure will only intensify for Democratic lawmakers to back single-payer.

The Rhode Island Democrat said Monday he's backing Sanders' "Medicare for All" bill. "I'm not signing on to a piece of legislation that I don't have any idea what it's going to do to the economy, to the access and to people's care".

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