On single-payer, the Democratic floodgates have opened

Sen. Booker co-sponsoring Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for all' bill - NJTV

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was the first Democratic senator to announce that she would co-sponsor the bill.

Bernie Sanders' government plan to provide "Medicare for All" is getting increasing support from prominent Democrats and appears headed to become an important part of the party platform in the future. But despite this rising support for single-payer health care, dozens of Democrats have yet to voice support for Sanders' legislation.

So far the following Democratic senators have agreed to co-sponsor the bill: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Jeff Merkley of OR and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

Sanders' proposal to create a federally administered single-payer system covering all health care services for every American is shaping up to be a flagship issue for the Democratic party in upcoming elections. A single payer bill in the House is cosponsored by more than half the Democratic caucus (though Nancy Pelosi is notably holding off). Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, and Warren are all rumored to be plotting presidential runs in 2020. Once that point was reached, the theory goes, the Democrats would be able to get single-payer through Congress.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Bloomberg that he was open to exploring a single-payer health insurance program.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is not giving up on his desire to extend Medicare to all Americans. Attempts to dismantle portions of the bill have failed, but House and Senate GOP leaders remain committed to eliminating the law known as "Obamacare". The Republicans' self-inflicted defeat and their unwillingness to keep their Obamacare repeal promises have opened the door for a push for single-payer health care.

In any case, the first thing Democrats have to acknowledge is that if this is going to be their goal, they have a challenging persuasion task ahead of them.

He says he'll continue exploring other ways to improve health care and lower costs, including adding a publicly operated health insurance option to individual marketplaces. Tester said "we are so far away" from that debate in both March and June. "You should not be punished because you are working class or poor and be denied healthcare". Whether they were right or not, in 2016 Democrats didn't perceive Hillary Clinton as offering a sweeping policy agenda; she seemed more interested in tinkering with every program to make it work better.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is officially throwing her support behind an effort to reshape the American health care system.

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