New Litmus Test for 2020 Democratic Hopefuls: Bernie's 'Medicare for All'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D-N.Y. speaks at a news conference

Gillibrand is the latest in a slew of Democrats to co-sponsor Sanders' plan, alongside Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), becoming the latest Democrat floated as a 2020 contender to back the legislation.

"It's time to make the United States join every other major country on Earth and guarantee healthcare to all people as a right", Mr. Sanders' office wrote in an announcement on Facebook.

Legislative support for a Medicare-for-all or single-payer-style system has grown precipitously since the 2016 election, when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dismissed the idea that a single-payer system would ever come to pass.

So far the following Democratic senators have agreed to co-sponsor the bill: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Jeff Merkley of OR and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

Canadian single-payer universal health care costs only 60 percent of US care, with better results (life expectancy, infant mortality, etc.). It would replace private health insurance markets and have the federal government foot all medical bills. "Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)". Bernie Sanders's forthcoming Medicare-for-all legislation are proposing ideas that would expand the government's role in health care. Sen.

As ObamaCare continues to collapse, options for quality, affordable health care move further out of reach for many Americans. Attempts to dismantle portions of the bill have failed, but House and Senate GOP leaders remain committed to eliminating the law known as "Obamacare".


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.

The newspaper reported that one union activist, postal worker Mark Sarcone said of Merkley: "I think he's a potential vice president".

"I don't think it's a litmus test", Pelosi said. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Chris Murphy of CT, whose staff has reportedly worked with Sanders on the legislation, have also expressed support for the idea of Medicare for All. "It's time to simplify health care and lower patients' costs, and embrace Medicare for All".

Working Families Party national director Dan Cantor told CNN, "In the end, the biggest impact of the Republicans' attack on health care may be this: It has strengthened the resolve of many, many Americans to fight for health care for all".

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

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