And another senator in my top 8, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., last month came out in favor of the idea of "Medicare for all" - though not this specific bill (yet). It also shows that lawmakers considering running for president in 2020 are eager not to look too moderate or cautious on an issue that excites the party's base.
Booker announced on NJTV that he would be co-sponsoring Sanders' upcoming bill championing a single-payer healthcare system.
In August, Peter Suderman wrote that "the future of health policy politics is Republicans defending something like Obamacare and Democrats pushing for something like single-payer". It found 53 percent of respondents saying they'd support "a national health plan, or a single payer plan, in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan". Thus, he was no doubt surprised when, during a discussion at Montana State University last Thursday, Baucus offered the following comment: "My personal view is we've got to start looking at single-payer". Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made the unsurprising announcement that she would co-sponsor the bill, and the week before, Sen. No Democrat would run for president, or even for House or Senate minority leader, without supporting the DREAM Act.
This theory seemed to be confirmed by Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky in 2009, when she referred to Obamacare as a mere step toward single-payer, "This is not a principled fight".
I'm going to go out on a limb and predict the list of co-sponsors for Bernie Sanders' bill, which is due to be released this week, isn't done growing.
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Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo struck first ball to have Alastair Cook (17) lbw but that merely denied England a 10- wicket victory. Mark Stoneman was 40 not out and Tom Westley 44 not out in an unbroken stand of 72.
"I am skeptical that single-payer is the right solution, but I believe that the Senate should carefully consider all of the options through regular order so that we can fully understand the impacts of these ideas on both our people and our economy", Manchin said in a statement Tuesday.
"I don't think it's a litmus test", Pelosi said.
Other Democrats, including those in the House, are introducing more modest measures, including one that would extend Medicare-like healthcare coverage to those near retirement age, adults between 55 and 64 years old. I said, nope, we're not going to put single-payer on the table. Why?
She added, "So I'll be fighting with Bernie - and I hope with all of you - to pass Medicare-for-all and finally give every American access to affordable, good quality health care". The GOP's failed efforts to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act have cemented government's increased role in health care, and not even Republicans are really arguing for a big rollback on that.
The Vermont independent nearly stole the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton past year.