Politics Booker signs on to Sanders's 'Medicare-for-all' bill

22:57  11 september  2017
22:57  11 september  2017 Source:   The Hill

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  Sanders single-payer bill poses dilemma for 2020 Dem hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.)'s Medicare for all plan has become a key test for Democrats with 2020 presidential ambitions. Sanders, who energized liberals with his improbable run at the White House last year, is poised to introduce a long-awaited single-payer bill when Congress returns to Washington this month. The liberal icon insists it's not a litmus test for the Democrats, but he's actively seeking endorsements. Outside liberal groups are watching closely, with some hinging their own endorsements on a candidate's support for the Sanders health-care model. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.

The New Jersey senator told NJTV News that he would sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill , which is scheduled to be rolled out on Wednesday. Kirsten Gillibrand will lead Democrats to 2020 victory MORE (Calif.) are supporting Sanders ' s legislation. Booker had previously voiced some support for

Warren has achieved stature in Congress; signing on to a colleague’ s bill rather than drafting one to her own specifications is a concession to Sanders . “ Medicare for All is one way that we can give every single person in the country access to high quality health care,” she wrote.

Booker signs onto Sanders's 'Medicare-for-all' bill© Provided by The Hill Booker signs onto Sanders's 'Medicare-for-all' bill Sen. Cory Booker is throwing his support behind a "Medicare for all" bill being introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), becoming the latest Democrat floated as a 2020 contender to back the legislation.

The New Jersey senator told NJTV News that he would sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill, which is scheduled to be rolled out on Wednesday.

"This is something that's got to happen. ObamaCare was a first step in advancing this country, but I won't rest until every American has a basic security that comes with having access to affordable health care," Booker told the New Jersey outlet.

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Cory Booker (D-NJ) told Vox’ s Ezra Klein in April that he believes “ultimately, in ideas like single payer or Medicare - for - all .” Sanders will soon change that. The Vermont senator is expected to release his own revised Medicare - for - all bill , the path to single-payer health care.

Most key 2020 contenders — including Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) — have said they support the idea of single-payer without necessarily backing Sanders ’ s bill or an existing bill . Sign up now to join our fight and become a citizen co-sponsor of Medicare for All and fight back.

He added that "you should not be punished because you are working-class or poor and be denied health care. I think health care should be a right to all."

Booker's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about his decision.

Sanders put his push for a single-payer healthcare system at the center of his 2016 presidential bid, and he has pledged for months that he would introduce legislation.

The idea is also gaining traction within the Democratic Party and is emerging as a litmus test for potential 2020 presidential candidates.

In addition to Booker, Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) are supporting Sanders's legislation.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) also announced his support on Monday.

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The Vermont senator said during a town hall Saturday he plans to introduce a " Medicare for all " bill "within a couple of weeks," Vermont Public Radio reported. “It is a commonsense proposal, and I think once the American people understand it, we can go forward with it,” Sanders said after the town hall

Booker had previously voiced some support for single-payer.

Asked on Twitter if he would support the government-run healthcare system, he said "there is great value if not justice In opening up Medicare to all" but Democrats should be focused on stopping the GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Despite growing support from the party's 2020 presidential crowd, Sanders's push for a single-payer system doesn't have unanimous support from the Senate Democratic caucus.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said earlier this year that it should be one of the options on the table.

And four Democrats up for reelection in states won by President Trump, as well as Independent Sen. Angus King (Maine), voted against a recent single-payer amendment offered by GOP Sen. Steve Daines (Mont.).

Daines's amendment, which was expected to fail, was largely viewed as an attempt by Republicans to get Democrats to go on the record on the issue.


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The Medicare-for-all plan would mean not just an expansion but a redefinition of the program.In his big new single-payer health care bill, Senator Bernie Sanders says he wants to turn the country’s health system into “Medicare for all.” But his bill actually outlines a system very different from the current Medicare program.

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