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


"I think health care should be a right to all", Booker said.

He said moving to a single-payer program would "simplify health care and lower patients' costs". 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.

But after Congress failed to end Obamacare, Democrats now seem poised to pick up the ball and run with it-at least as far as they can go while being the minority party in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Leading establishment figures in the Democratic Party are coming around to Bernie Sanders' proposal-once considered a left-wing moonshot-to create a massive, federally-funded health insurance system. "That's why I support Medicare for All, and why I'll be cosponsoring legislation in the coming days - including Senator Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act and forthcoming legislation from my colleagues - that will save lives and move our country's health care system forward in this direction".

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.

New Jersey's Sen. Cory Booker announced earlier in the day that he is now a co-sponsor of the "Medicare for All", saying it is a continuation of progress made under the Affordable Care Act.

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Twenty years ago, mainstream Democrats wouldn't even dream of voting support for something so radical as a European-style healthcare system. The entire federal budget in 2016 was $3.9 trillion. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in introducing a Medicare-for-All bill to the Senate Wednesday, according to a report from The Hill. Never mind that the public doesn't want it, forget that the country can't pay for it, and ignore the fact that not one Democrat - including the poseurs listed above - was willing to vote for it as recently as July.

This is a significant change in Democratic Party orthodoxy. But that reality may be powerless in the face of the fact that "single payer" is a simple two-word slogan that people are already rallying around. Like Obamacare, it is imploding, and its members have no idea how to forestall either disaster.

Meanwhile, the Republicans have proven unable to reverse president Obama's landmark legislative accomplishment. Once that is done, the Democrats won't have a prayer in 2018 or 2020.

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