Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Will Reportedly Co-Sponsor Bernie's Medicare-For-All Bill, Too

Getty Images

Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest Democrat to declare her support for Bernie Sanders' upcoming "Medicare for all" health care proposal.

"It's time to make the United States join every other major country on Earth and guarantee healthcare to all people as a right", Mr. Sanders' office wrote in an announcement on Facebook. But despite this rising support for single-payer health care, dozens of Democrats have yet to voice support for Sanders' legislation. The bill, which is backed by almost every big Democratic Party‬ name in the Senate, comes on the heals of several failures of the Republican Party to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump. And it suggests the dam is breaking when it comes to the Democratic Party embracing government-run health care, also known as single-payer.

The Sanders' Medicare-for-all bill will include a provision written by Gillibrand that establishes a not-for-profit public option during the four-year transition period to the single-payer system.

Warren and Harris, along with Sanders himself, have been discussed as likely candidates for president in 2020. It found 53 percent of respondents saying they'd support "a national health plan, or a single payer plan, in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan". Max Baucus (D-MT) said last week that he also supports a single-payer system.

Flagrantly progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) threw in her support for the bill shortly after Harris. That idea has won increasing traction among more liberal members of the Senate Democratic caucus, particularly among those eyeing possible presidential campaigns.

I'm going to go out on a limb and predict the list of co-sponsors for Bernie Sanders' bill, which is due to be released this week, isn't done growing.

And the way things are going, soon no Democratic leader will be able to oppose single-payer. Both Vermont and California have backed away from single-payer plans because of the cost and other complications of implementing them.

"I think people love to talk about everything being about running for president", Murray said.

"I don't think it's a litmus test", Pelosi said.

"You should not be punished because you are working class or poor...." Just previous year, Hillary Clinton dismissed single-payer as "a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass".

Meanwhile, NBC obtained Monday the summary draft of a bill that Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy have prepared as a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare with a system that favors insurance companies.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Pope is 'fine' after small accident in Colombia Vatican confirms
Pope Francis aboard the papal plane. "Man is stupid, the bible said", he said. They have called the decision "heartless" and "reprehensible".

US Supreme Court keeps tight refugee ban in place
The Supreme Court in July largely upheld that ruling, though it put on hold the portion dealing with refugees. It is the interpretation of a "bona fide" connection to the United States that is being debated.

LADY GAGA to take a break from music
The movie examines the life of Stefani Joanne Germanotta, which is Lady Gaga's birth name, after the release of her Artpop album. GaGa burst into tears as she endured the pain of her broken hip.

Stam encourages Eagles to show patience for De Boer
I am very disappointed about the result, but not about how we played. "I'd like to think [he's earned the chance]. But teaching the players to adopt a different way of playing - in a different team shape - has been challenging.

Other news