Nancy Pelosi Will Not Back Single Payer At This Time

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is not backing Senator Bernie Sander's single-payer health proposal, claiming that she is currently still fighting for the Affordable Care Act. (Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is not backing Senator Bernie Sander's single-payer health proposal, claiming that she is currently still fighting for the Affordable Care Act according to the Los Angeles Times:

"Right now, I’m protecting the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi told a small group of reporters at a meeting Tuesday in her Capitol Hill office. "None of these other things, whether it’s Bernie’s [bill], can really prevail unless we have the Affordable Care Act protected." Sanders, the Vermont independent, is drawing support from top Democrats, including with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and others often mentioned as possible presidential contenders.

The Minority Leader will not back single payer as a litmus test for Democrats either.

I don’t think it’s a litmus test," Pelosi said. "To support the idea that it captures is that we want to have everybody, as many people as possible, covered. And I think that’s something that we all embrace." 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.

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