"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. Bernie Sanders' single-payer healthcare bill, saying her immediate goal is to protect the Affordable Care Act from President Trump's efforts to dismantle it.
If Gillibrand is staking out territory on the left of the Democratic Party, it is because she is apparently weighing her chances for a run at the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Sanders on Wednesday will roll out a Medicare-for-all bill, which aims to extend the Medicare program, federally funded insurance for people over the age of 65, to all Americans.
"The only long-term solution to America's health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program", said Sanders.
Like Sanders, Booker, Harris and Warren have all been floated as potential Trump challengers in the 2020 presidential race. "Nobody goes broke paying a medical bill". Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), last Thursday. Sen.More news: Packers: 3 keys to Green Bay's season opener against Seattle Seahawks
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey on Monday became the latest to offer support for Sanders' legislation. There are still big fights to be had to create a Democratic Party untethered from lobbying and corporate money - a party more committed to advancing the power of workers and the grass roots. "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".
Perez held a press conference Tuesday with CASA in Action, a nonprofit organization that supports "Latinos and immigrants in Maryland and Virginia" and often endorses progressive candidates.
But if a Democrat wins the White House in 2020, it now seems very likely he or she will have promised to pursue single-payer as president.
"I'm signing onto Medicare-for-all, which I'm excited to do this week", Booker said in an interview with NJTV.
I just think the time has come. Both Vermont and California have backed away from single-payer plans because of the cost and other complications of implementing them.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand intends to co-sponsor Sen.
The timing of the Medicare-for-all push comes as Republicans in Congress continue to push for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.