Sanders, co-sponsors to introduce Medicare-for-All bill Wednesday

by Dwayne Torres September 13, 2017, 0:09
Sanders, co-sponsors to introduce Medicare-for-All bill Wednesday

I argued back in July that the biggest victor of the Obamacare repeal debate was single-payer. "We make sure that health care is a right for everyone, and not a privilege for a few", Perez said. "This is a fight about strategy for getting there".

Sanders' proposal to create a federally administered single-payer system covering all health care services for every American is shaping up to be a flagship issue for the Democratic party in upcoming elections.

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. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. "Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)". "I think healthcare should be a right to all". The last thing any of them want is to see another candidate get to their left on this, so each of them are quick to go on-record - much quicker than their not-eyeing-2020 colleagues who can afford to be more judicious and deliberate. It would never have passed. "It's time for something better". On the other hand, when they offered reasons to support single payer (it would guarantee universal coverage, it would save administrative costs), support climbed as high as 72 percent. In my judgement, America was just not there. And I think that the vast majority of the American people would hope not. They warned of a slippery slope from Obamacare, a relatively moderate bill, to "socialized medicine".

Twenty years ago, mainstream Democrats wouldn't even dream of voting support for something so radical as a European-style healthcare system. This spells doom in swing districts where Democrats must attract a sizable number of Republican votes to be successful.

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Manchin is maybe the least likely Democrat to even flirt with single-payer. But that proposal came with an eye-popping price tag and a slew of new taxes. The entire federal budget in 2016 was $3.9 trillion.

The Rhode Island Democrat said Monday he's backing Sanders' "Medicare for All" bill. Meanwhile, top Democrats including Sens.

If this is the cleverly devised bait-and-switch that the Democrats set in motion in 2010, the abortive GOP repeal and replace effort will look like a political master stroke by comparison. 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.

This is a significant change in Democratic Party orthodoxy. Like Obamacare, it is imploding, and its members have no idea how to forestall either disaster.

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