"However, it's really a testament to the political clarity of the policy and the steadfast work Senator Sanders has put into organizing support for it inside and outside the halls of power", progressive activist and Executive Director of Democracy for America Charles Chamberlain wrote in a statement Tuesday.
The push for government-funded health care once was relegated to the fringes of the Democratic Party but has made its way into the mainstream.
The idea thrills the Democratic Party's progressive base and has won support from several potential 2020 presidential hopefuls.
Democratic leaders are not particularly keen on the idea. Mr. Sanders has always been a champion of single-payer healthcare, and it was a central tenet of his 2016 presidential campaign.
The Vermont senator already has the backing of Sens. Even if it were passed, Republican President Donald Trump would likely veto the bill. As Republicans discovered when they tried to kick millions of people off Medicaid and undermine the program, the American public is perfectly fine with the government helping to give people health coverage.
Sanders denies that his proposal is causing rifts in his party.
"We believe that states should be moving in the same way to legalize marijuana, to end racial disparities in enforcement of marijuana laws and, frankly to end the disproportionate targeting of poor people", Booker said during his Marijuana Justice Act announcement on Facebook Live. The version he advanced during his presidential campaign would have cost a huge $1.4 trillion a year.
Gillibrand plans on co-sponsoring Sanders's bill, the New York Daily News reports. Yet, others are keeping their distance. Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California was the first to sign onto the single-payer legislation.
A growing number of Democrats have endorsed a single-payer health bill to be proposed Wednesday by Sen.
Gillibrand's joining up with Sanders's bill makes her at least the fourth notable presidential contender to sign on. Sen.
Single payer, in essence, is ObamaCare on steroids: It makes Uncle Sam the health insurer for everyone, for "free" - which has been the left's dream for decades. Never mind that the public doesn't want it, forget that the country can't pay for it, and ignore the fact that not one Democrat - including the poseurs listed above - was willing to vote for it as recently as July.
Booker, D-N.J., said he would co-sponsor Sanders' "Medicare for All" legislation in which the government rather than private insurers would provide health coverage.
If congressional Republicans will only start working with President Trump, rather than surreptitiously impeding his agenda, they might get a few legislative accomplishments on the board.
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