The most conservative Senate Democrat wants to "explore" single-payer

The most conservative Senate Democrat wants to

Medicare for All bill, which he plans to introduce Wednesday, signaling a shift among party lawmakers, who may be swayed by recent polling that has indicated a majority of Americans and more than two-thirds of Democrats favor a single-payer national healthcare system.

As the name implies, the measure would make a Medicare-type government system available to all Americans. It's a reminder of how much the Democratic Party is drifting toward a universe where single-payer health care is the default position. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, are also supporting the bill, according to news reports. Both Vermont and California have backed away from single-payer plans because of the cost and other complications of implementing them. In doing so, he joined Sens. "None of these other things, whether it's Bernie's (bill), can really prevail unless we have the Affordable Care Act protected". The impact on employer-provided health care is uncertain.

New York's 20th district, as of November 1, 2006, had almost 83,000 more Republicans than Democrats. It's not that they ever didn't want single-payer. "Brown and Franken, and has long supported".

Sanders' plan is "a different value system, one where we all take care of each other and where health care is a right", Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, told reporters Tuesday.

The Vermont senator already has the backing of Sens. As Republicans discovered when they tried to kick millions of people off Medicaid and undermine the program, the American public is perfectly fine with the government helping to give people health coverage.

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In August, Peter Suderman wrote that "the future of health policy politics is Republicans defending something like Obamacare and Democrats pushing for something like single-payer". That four of the first five to come out in support of Sanders's bill all came from a relatively small universe of top presidential hopefuls suggests that this will be a litmus test issue in 2020. "This is about understanding health care should be a right, and not a privilege".

Sanders's bill, meanwhile, is winning wide support from senators - like Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal and Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin - who wouldn't necessarily be the first people you'd expect to back it.

In 2020, however, you're looking at a different dynamic as numerous first-timers elected in the 2014 red wave are up for re-election and will have to defend their seats. Even if they're ultimately successful and we achieve universal health coverage in America, getting there will take years and the debate will have many ups and downs.

"That's why I support Medicare for All", which he called "the best way to ensure that every American finally has access to quality, affordable health care".