Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another senator popular with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, announced her support on Thursday in an email to supporters. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All legislation, making her the eighth senator to back the bill as Sanders is set to introduce it this week. And it suggests the dam is breaking when it comes to the Democratic Party embracing government-run health care, also known as single-payer. "This is something that's got to happen". He said it was one of many ideas among members of the party for achieving universal health care coverage in the country, but cautioned that Democrats are still playing quite a lot of "defensive" on the issue. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Kristen Gillibrand, all of whom are considered moderates, have signed onto Sanders' bill.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege", Gillibrand tweeted out. Last week, progressive darling Sen.
2017 sure is one weird fuckin' year. "This isn't any way to live", Warren said in a fundraising email.
Sanders frequently talked during his campaign about extending government-paid health care for seniors to all age groups.
On Wednesday, Sanders plans to roll out the much-anticipated bill, alongside several co-sponsors. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Both Vermont and California have backed away from single-payer plans because of the cost and other complications of implementing them.
On Sept. 12, Democratic Sen. "There will be rallies, buttons, bumper stickers, shirts and most importantly people organizing in their communities across the country".
Sanders is widely expected to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 after losing to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary. Unlike Clinton, his popularity has not suffered as a result of an electoral defeat-in fact, he's now the most popular politician in America, while Clinton's approval metrics languish somewhere to the south of Trump. I don't even think it's a close call politically. The "Medicare-for-all" concept was supported by a small number of Democrats, most of whom hailed from deep blue districts.
On Sept. 7, Democratic Sen. But Sanders' legislation has picked up support from high-profile Democrats.
In a subsequent statement to the Daily Beast, the West Virginia senator clarified that he was skeptical of single-payer being the solution to the nation's healthcare woes.