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 crafting his own health care legislation that would allow individuals to buy into Medicaid. He will also support Sen. Bernie Sander's single-payer legislation.
But the Sanders and the other five Democratic senators who have cast the most votes against Trump's nominees are also at the top of the party's short list to challenge the president in 2020, making their official support for single-payer legislation a key turning point for an idea that's also believed to be politically impossible in the short term.