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Gillibrand joins train of Dem 2020 hopefuls backing Medicare-for-all

13 September 2017

The rising support among Democrats for Sanders' sweeping proposal, which would entail a massive overhaul of a major part of the USA economy, marks a clear sea change to the left in party. As the Washington Post reported yesterday, the "dam is breaking when it comes to the Democratic Party embracing government-funded health care". Well, they just happen to constitute four of the eight most likely 2020 Democratic presidential nominees, according to the handy list I put out Friday.

Under a single-payer system, the federal government would pay for all medical expenses.

Clinton said that reforming healthcare will have to grapple with people's fears of government intervention as well as their comfort with the current system. Democrats - especially liberal Democrats - are much more supportive of this approach than they were even at the start of this year. He could still seek the presidency in 2020, when he'd be 79. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) "Medicare for all" health-care bill Monday.

"Like Paul Wellstone, I've always believed that health care is a right for all Americans - not a privilege - and that every person in our country deserves access to the care they need", Franken said in a statement. This political posturing, however, is far from a practical proposal.

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Sanders' team too has acknowledged that Republican congress and administration will nearly certainly never consider their legislation.

"Right now, I'm protecting the Affordable Care Act", Pelosi told a small group of reporters at a meeting today in her Capitol Hill office. He added, "This is no longer going to be a fringe position".

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

Baucus led the Senate Finance Committee during ObamaCare talks and acknowledged he opposed single-payer at the time, because it was "branded as socialistic by too many people". Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. The Urban Institute released a study past year showing that Sanders' extreme health care plan would cost $32 trillion over a ten-year period.

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There are 48 members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate.

The momentum among Democratic 2020 hopefuls showcases the scale of Sanders' early influence over the 2020 Democratic process. The legislation would allow all Americans to buy into Medicare.

Clinton said that she is for universal coverage, but has not studied Sanders' proposal enough to be able to say whether she thinks it would work.

While it has some support, not everyone in Congress sees single-payer passing, or even views it as a good idea on the part of Democrats.

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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. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said the measure was aimed at "a section of the Democratic base that needs to be appealed to". Latest polling from Gallup advocates that support for a government run healthcare system is 43 percent, almost 10 percentage points higher than it was in 2010.

Gillibrand joins train of Dem 2020 hopefuls backing Medicare-for-all