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Sanders forces universal health care issue

Sanders forces universal health care issue

Several Senate Democrats who are seen as potential presidential candidates in 2020 have endorsed Sanders' bill, including Elizabeth Warren of MA and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Both of New Mexico's US senators support the "Medicare for all" legislation proposed by Vermont independent Sen. "It is time to recognize that health care is a human right and I believe that the best way to make that a reality in our nation is to build on what we all know works".

Already, two Democrats seen as potential presidential contenders, California Sen. In short, using Sanders' plan as a catalyst for a takeover by Democrats of the House and Senate would cost more votes than it attracts.

The push for government-funded health care once was relegated to the fringes of the Democratic Party but has made its way into the mainstream.

Sanders spokesperson Josh Miller-Lewis told ABC News, "Clearly Democrats are seeing that the vast majority of their constituents and increasingly the majority of the American people support single-payer".

"Health care is a right, not a privilege", Ms. Gillibrand said on Twitter.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who's sponsoring the "Medicare at 55 Act" with Brown, also said she wants to focus on their bill, while Sens. Saying that the other side is bad is important and often true (particularly right now), but experience has shown that if you want to really get your voters to the polls, at least in presidential elections, they have to have an affirmative reason to get excited.

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Harris, Warren, Booker, and Sanders have all been rumored as possible candidates to run against Trump in 2020, and that is no coincidence.

Sanders' team too has acknowledged that Republican congress and administration will nearly certainly never consider their legislation. Paul Wellstone, a longtime advocate of a single-payer health care model. "Sen. Sanders, myself, and some others are going to be announcing some legislation this week along with some of my other colleagues".

That's not to say single-payer isn't gaining support elsewhere in the Senate Democratic caucus. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Sen.

Four more Democratic senators, Sens.

As described by aides, Sanders' bill would essentially expand the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly to all Americans, covering virtually all medical needs except long-term nursing care. Brian Schatz (D-HI) has a bill to allow people to buy into Medicaid. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

"I just think the time has come", he told NBC News, after making similar remarks at a public event in his home state of Montana. "As Bill likes to say, at this point in our lives, we have more yesterdays than tomorrows".

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