Democrats To Release Single-Payer Bill

Sep 13, 2017

Bernie Sanders will announce his proposed single-payer healthcare bill on Wednesday. Several Democrats who may run for the presidency in 2020 are rushing to support it. CoryBooker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand have all co-sponsord the bill. But Democrats up for re-election in red states are not rushing to embrace single-payer. Senator Sherrod Brown wants to expand Medicare and make it available for people at age 55. The senator thought that expanding the Medicare pool is more achievable than single payer. Senator Heitkamp of North Dakota is said to be “focused on making sure the Affordable Care Act works for the people of [her] state.” And Joe Manchin said, “I am skeptical that single-payer is the right solution, but I believe that the Senate should carefully consider all of the options.” Top Democrats in the House are focused on fixing and preserving Obamacare. While Republicans control both houses of Congress, it’s unlikely that single-payer or an expansion of Medicare will take place.