No Single-Payer Litmus Test for Democrats

Aug 29, 2017

Bernie Sanders gave comfort to moderate Democrat incumbents saying that Democrats running for office in 2018 don’t have to support single-payer healthcare. Democrat Party officials were worried that Sanders’ supporters “might launch primary challenges against Democrats who do not back a single-payer plan.” Sanders did say, “You’re seeing more and more movement toward ‘Medicare for All.’ When the people are saying we need healthcare for everyone, as more and more Americans come on board, it will become politically possible.” The senator added that over time, Democrats will have to support single-payer if they want to win. He thought the Republican’s effort to overturn Obamacare changed the landscape. “People are saying ‘the ACA did some good things, and the Republicans wanted to throw 22 million people off of it. That’s an absurd idea to most people.”