On single-payer, the Democratic floodgates have opened

Merkley announces he will co-sponsor 'Medicare-for-all' bill

Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that she will cosponsor U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) so-called "Medicare for All" bill, he followed in the footsteps of other potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Oregon's Jeff Merkley joined the growing group shortly after Booker on Monday afternoon. It also shows that lawmakers considering running for president in 2020 are eager not to look too moderate or cautious on an issue that excites the party's base. Bernie Sanders' universal health care bill saying that while she has long supported the idea the bill captures, of everybody getting health coverage, "Right now I'm protecting the Affordable Care Act".

During the California Democratic Party Convention in May, Perez used the same line, and was booed and heckled by a nurses' union for not voicing support for a single-payer system, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Merkley, a Democrat, endorsed Sanders' presidential candidacy past year and has worked with him on issues ranging from cannibus legalization to a proposed ban on fossil fuel development on public lands. In a single-payer structure the government pays all the medical bills.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is not giving up on his desire to extend Medicare to all Americans. There are still big fights to be had to create a Democratic Party untethered from lobbying and corporate money - a party more committed to advancing the power of workers and the grass roots.

But if a Democrat wins the White House in 2020, it now seems very likely he or she will have promised to pursue single-payer as president.




More than 52% of Democrats believe health care should be run through a single national government program, the same poll said, though only 12% of Republicans believe the same.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another senator popular with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, announced her support on Thursday in an email to supporters.

I just think the time has come. 117 House Democrats (over 60 percent of the caucus) have co-sponsored HR 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act offered every Congress by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).

The Vermont independent nearly stole the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton past year.

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.

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