Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., second from right, declines to speak with a reporter as he walks to a luncheon with Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Senate panel approves funds for United Nations climate agency MORE (D-W.V.) on Tuesday clarified that he is "skeptical" of a single-payer healthcare system, saying that he simply supports digging into the complex details of the idea to see if it has potential. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, are also supporting the bill, according to news reports. At this point it's fast becoming a prerequisite for any Democrat hoping to run for the presidency in 2020.
Sanders says the bill he will release on Wednesday will provide a more detailed blueprint for his health care plans. As we discussed last week, this isn't single-payer, but because Medicare is a socialized system, it'd be a significant step in a progressive direction - and offer an interesting alternative to lawmakers who aren't yet on board with Sanders' model.
Merkley, a Democrat, endorsed Sanders' presidential candidacy previous year and has worked with him on issues ranging from cannibus legalization to a proposed ban on fossil fuel development on public lands. "Nobody goes broke paying a medical bill". Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.). Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen.
The Democrats are moving toward single-payer because they believe (probably rightly) that it will excite their base.
"I think people love to talk about everything being about running for president", Murray said.
I just think the time has come.
She added, "So I'll be fighting with Bernie - and I hope with all of you - to pass Medicare-for-all and finally give every American access to affordable, good quality health care".
As the Overton window moves on healthcare, Republican moderates will become more convinced of the need to make only moderate reforms to the existing law to blunt the push for single-payer.
Perez held a press conference Tuesday with CASA in Action, a nonprofit organization that supports "Latinos and immigrants in Maryland and Virginia" and often endorses progressive candidates.
The legislation comes after several failed attempts by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the signature Obama era legislation that expanded Medicaid, the government insurance program for low-income people, and guaranteed health coverage for people with preexisting conditions.