How single - payer health care could slip up Democrats

According to polls Americans think health care is one of the nation's top problems

According to polls Americans think health care is one of the nation's top problems

Booker joined the small club of Democratic senators rallying around Sanders' "Medicare for All" bill, which is expected to be unveiled Wednesday and could cost the government billions or trillions of dollars to sustain. Sen.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., second from right, declines to speak with a reporter as he walks to a luncheon with Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

Sanders' bill comes as an increasing number of high-profile Democrats continue to raise their support for single-payer healthcare, or basic healthcare that is guaranteed to all citizens through the use of taxes.

Gillibrand, New York's junior senator, plans on being a co-sponsor of the bill, reported Monday. At this point it's fast becoming a prerequisite for any Democrat hoping to run for the presidency in 2020.

Gillibrand plans on co-sponsoring Sanders's bill, the New York Daily News reports.

In August, Peter Suderman wrote that "the future of health policy politics is Republicans defending something like Obamacare and Democrats pushing for something like single-payer".

Democrats are also worrying over whether placating Sanders' far-left, anti-establishment supporters will alienate moderate Democrats to such a degree that it will be impossible to gain congressional majorities in 2018 and the presidency in 2020. It found 53 percent of respondents saying they'd support "a national health plan, or a single payer plan, in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan". Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.). Bernie Sanders' "Medicare-for-all" bill, which would allow every American to enroll in the single-payer insurance program.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is officially throwing her support behind an effort to reshape the American health care system. "It would be terrific to have a simple, seamless system where, exclusively by virtue of living in America, you know that you will get the care you need".

"[Democrats are] fighting for health care as a right for all, and not a privilege for a few." he said. Tester said "we are so far away" from that debate in both March and June. 117 House Democrats (over 60 percent of the caucus) have co-sponsored HR 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act offered every Congress by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). The Republicans' self-inflicted defeat and their unwillingness to keep their Obamacare repeal promises have opened the door for a push for single-payer health care.

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