Politics Pelosi Clings To Obamacare As Dem 2020 Hopefuls Shift Toward Single Payer

23:25  12 september  2017
23:25  12 september  2017 Source:   The Daily Caller

Sanders single-payer bill poses dilemma for 2020 Dem hopefuls

  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.

Pelosi called for Democrats to reprioritize Obamacare reform before making the more politically ambitious move toward single payer . “Right now, I’m protecting the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi told reporters outside of her office on Capitol Hill.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is already laying plans to run ads, targeting not only 2020 hopefuls , but also vulnerable congressional Democrats in 2018. Recognizing the political risks, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a long-time single - payer supporter, has rejected the

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declined to endorse Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single payer health care bill Tuesday, insisting on prioritizing Obamacare reform instead.

Pelosi’s refusal to back Sanders’ “Medicare For All” bill, which he is expected to unveil Wednesday, places her at odds with a growing coalition of prominent senators within her party who have publicly endorsed single payer health care as a “right.”

“I don’t think it’s a litmus test,” Pelosi told The Washington Post. “I think to support the idea that it captures is that we want to have as many people as possible, everybody, covered, and I think that’s something that we all embrace.”

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Pelosi called for Democrats to reprioritize Obamacare reform before making the more politically ambitious move toward single payer.

“Right now, I’m protecting the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi told reporters outside of her office on Capitol Hill. “None of these things, whether it’s Bernie’s or others, can really prevail unless we protect the Affordable Care Act.”

Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, , Kamala Harris of California and Jeff Merkley of Oregon have all offered to co-sponsor Sanders’ legislation. The group represents a collection of the party’s most recognizable and politically well-positioned figures, all of whom are in the running for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

Warren dismisses Dem divisions as lawmakers rally around single-payer

  Warren dismisses Dem divisions as lawmakers rally around single-payer Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) dismissed conflict inside the Democratic Party on Friday in a new interview, noting that Democrats are rallying around health care and other issues. Warren told the editorial board of The Republican on Friday that the Democratic Party has found agreement on the idea that health care should be a guaranteed right for all citizens."One party in America said it was OK to roll back health care coverage for 25 million Americans and one party in America thinks that health care is a basic human right -- I'm ready to go on that one," she said Friday.

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If passed, Sanders’ bill would ensure that all Americans, not just those over 65, are eligible to enroll in Medicare.

While progressive leaders within her party are moving further to the left on health care, Pelosi insists on incremental reform with the belief that single payer legislation cannot be politically viable until Democrats address the opposition’s Obamacare gripes.

Pelosi’s office did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment in time for publication.

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GOP chairman declares bipartisan ObamaCare fix dead .
The Senate health committee chairman on Tuesday released a statement ending a bipartisan effort to find an ObamaCare fix amid a new GOP push to repeal the law."During the last month, we have worked hard and in good faith, but have not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats to put a bill in the Senate leaders' hands that could be enacted," Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate health committee, said in a statement. The effort at a bipartisan deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets had always faced headwinds, given the polarizing nature of the issue.

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