A growing number of Democratic senators -- including several party power-players - will stand with independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Wednesday as co-sponsors to his latest bill for a government run, single-payer health care system. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, are also supporting the bill, according to news reports.
This is a cautious, politic take from a Democrat who doesn't need to worry about being challenged from the left and who's rightly anxious about progressive purity tests costing the party votes in middle America.
Sharing a Politico piece titled "Democratic foes of Trump flock to single-payer ahead of 2020"-which references predictions that any potential 2020 challenger to President Donald Trump will need to support single payer to win over voters-Students for National Health Program enthusiastically welcomed the surge of endorsements while journalist and activist Shaun King called the shift "a groundbreaking development". Medicare-for-all is one way to get there". "The alternative is that taxpayers are paying huge amounts of money for them to get health care in the emergency room".
But while support for such a health system has surged among Democrats this year, the party's leaders are not on board.
I just think the time has come.
Bernie Sanders is getting some serious support in his push to reform the USA healthcare system.
Gillibrand's joining up with Sanders's bill makes her at least the fourth notable presidential contender to sign on. Sen.
The idea of health care for all helped fuel Sanders' surprisingly strong presidential campaign. "And when somebody finally read it, he couldn't explain it and couldn't really tell people how much it was going to cost".
In a single-payer system, it is the government, not private insurance companies or individuals, that pays out roughly the entire cost of health care.
Shortly after Booker announced that he would co-sponsor the bill, Merkley announced he was joining his colleagues on Twitter.
In endorsing the Sanders plan, Blumenthal insisted he wanted to see the current Obamacare markets stabilized as part of a gradual transition. Saying that the other side is bad is important and often true (particularly right now), but experience has shown that if you want to really get your voters to the polls, at least in presidential elections, they have to have an affirmative reason to get excited. "Is there anyone else who is possibly running for president in 2020?" he said, listing some of the heavy-hitters in the senate backing the bill.
"This is the Democratic Party".
There are about 18 months, give or take, until the first Democratic debates of 2020, and the trend line is clear enough that Democratic hopefuls know in which direction this will go.