Likely Democratic Candidates For 2020 Embracing Single-Payer

Democratic lawmakers who are likely to run for President in 2020 are openly embracing single-payer health care as a solution to America's health inequities according to Politico. (Photo is courtesy of Michael Fleshman)

Democratic lawmakers who are likely to run for President in 2020 are openly embracing single-payer health care as a solution to America's health inequities according to Politico.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are planning to cosponsor Bernie Sanders' proposed "Medicare for All" bill when the Vermont Independent releases it on Wednesday. They join Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) as backers of Sanders' plan — making single-payer six for six among the party's most active opponents of Donald Trump's nominees.

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) is authorizing his own health care reform bill that will allow Americans to purchase into Medicaid. Mr. Schatz is also supporting single-payer as well.

Sanders and his five fellow frequent Trump antagonists are not the only supporters of a single-payer health insurance system. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who is working on his own legislation to allow individuals to buy into Medicaid, said last week that he and Sanders would be signing onto each other's proposals to advance the Democrats' health care debate.

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