"It's time to make the United States join every other major country on Earth and guarantee healthcare to all people as a right", Mr. Sanders' office wrote in an announcement on Facebook. Mr. Sanders said in an interview that if there is an increase in the numbers of members of the congress saying that they support single payer because now they are assured of the fact that it is not politically hazardous as it used to be. The most recent iteration came in amid his unexpectedly strong bid for the Democratic presidential nomination a year ago.
One prominent Democrat, however, refuses to support the bill: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that she wouldn't back Sanders' legislation, noting that she was instead focused on "protecting the Affordable Care Act".
These six senators now openly have embraced the progressive idea of a single-payer system that once existed on the extreme fringe of the Democratic Party.
Merkley, a Democrat, endorsed Sanders' presidential candidacy a year ago and has worked with him on issues ranging from cannibus legalization to a proposed ban on fossil fuel development on public lands.
The rest of the party is getting on board with single-payer - or "Medicare for all", where the federal government would provide health insurance for every American financed through taxes - as well.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is not giving up on his desire to extend Medicare to all Americans. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made the unsurprising announcement that she would co-sponsor the bill, and the week before, Sen. Although he has showered former President Barack Obama with high praise for passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Booker said Monday that Obama did not travel far enough down the single payer system road.
"You should not be punished because you are working class or poor...." With our health insurance markets collapsing under Obamacare's weight, the Democrats are seizing the opportunity, as they always do, to push the country further left. "I think healthcare should be a right to all".
Other potential Democratic presidential candidates such as California Sen.
And a floor vote on an amendment to the ill-fated Senate repeal and replace bill suggests that the Democrats are all too aware of the public's lack of enthusiasm for single-payer.
After former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was selected as the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, numerous voters who had backed Sanders in the primary were skeptical of her progressive chops.