Politics Sanders unveils single-payer bill to cheers from supporters

23:03  13 september  2017
23:03  13 september  2017 Source:   The Hill

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.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled his single - payer healthcare plan on Wednesday to cheers and a brief “Medicare-for-all” chant from supporters . Sanders has seen support for his proposal grow. In 2013, a similar bill garnered no co-sponsors.

John Conyers (D-MI) has a single - payer bill — now co-signed by about 60 percent of House Democrats — that would do roughly that. Sanders ’s upcoming Senate bill is expected to adhere to a similar blueprint.

Sanders unveils single-payer bill to cheers from supporters© Provided by The Hill Sanders unveils single-payer bill to cheers from supporters Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled his single-payer health-care plan on Wednesday to cheers and a brief "Medicare for all" chant from supporters.

Nine Senate Democrats joined Sanders for the unveiling, with two possible presidential candidates, Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), getting into the camera shot.

"The American people want to know what we're going to do to fix a dysfunctional health-care system, which costs us twice as much" per person as any other country, Sanders said at the opening of the press conference, casting aside speculation by the media about what the bill might mean politically for Democrats.

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(A Sanders aide told one single payer supporter that “Senator Sanders will definitely introduce a single payer bill in the Senate this Congress.” And many single payer supporters in Congress refuse to co-sponsor HR 676.

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At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fired at the Democratic proposal, calling it a "horrible" idea that would put government further in charge of Americans' health care.

She also belittled Sanders, saying that if his ideas were as popular as he thought, he would have won last year's Democratic primary and been elected president.

Sanders has seen support for his proposal grow. In 2013, a similar bill garnered no co-sponsors. Sanders already has 16 fellow senators on his bill this time, though centrists and party leaders have shied away from direct endorsements.

The bill would expand Medicare into a national health insurance program, extending comprehensive health insurance to every U.S. resident. Many services would have no co-payments under the Sanders approach.

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.

In fact, Sanders ’ bill is a multi-payer system not a single payer system. Today, August 30, Health Over Profit for Everyone steering committee members and supporters sent the letter at the end of this article to Senator Sanders raising specific concerns and urging Senator Sanders to amend his bill

Bernie Sanders will unveil the latest version of his single - payer health care plan on Wednesday. The bill , which has garnered 15 co-sponsors in the Senate, would shift the U.S. health care system from one in which most people under age 65 are insured privately—typically through their

The program would be rolled out over a four-year period, with the eligibility age dropping every year until every U.S. resident is covered.

Those aged 18 and under would automatically be eligible in the first year.

The program, which would essentially separate health insurance from employment, would cover a full range of benefits, including inpatient and outpatient hospital care, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse treatment and maternity care.

Sanders also released options to finance his single-player plan, which caught heat during his presidential bid for its high cost.

This includes a 7.5 percent income-based premium to be paid by employers, a 4 percent income-based premium to be paid by households, changes to the estate tax and a new tax on the top 0.1 percent of Americans based on income.

Already, about 30 national liberal organizations and unions have endorsed the bill, including MoveOn.org, Food and Water Watch and National Nurses United.

The trade group for insurance companies immediately announced its opposition.

The plan was announced the same day Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) unveiled their plan to repeal ObamaCare in a last-ditch effort to gut former President Barack Obama's signature legislation. Many view it as unlikely to pass, and the GOP only has until the end of the month to repeal ObamaCare and avoid a Democratic filibuster.

The Sanders plan has no real chance of becoming law with a Republican-controlled Congress and White House but is likely to be a touchstone in the years to come.

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How the Bernie Sanders Plan Would Both Beef Up and Slim Down Medicare .
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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