With this in mind, it raised more than a few eyebrows last week when Baucus - whom Bernie Sanders once said wouldn't support single-payer "in a million years" - announced his belief that "the time has come" for a single-payer system.
Gillibrand, New York's junior senator, plans on being a co-sponsor of the bill, Mic.com reported Monday. A companion bill in the U.S. House introduced by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has attracted 177 Democratic co-sponsors, almost two-thirds of the caucus. As we discussed last week, this isn't single-payer, but because Medicare is a socialized system, it'd be a significant step in a progressive direction - and offer an interesting alternative to lawmakers who aren't yet on board with Sanders' model. The poll showed just 33 percent overall favored single-payer specifically - versus a "mix of government and private programs" - but among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, 52 percent wanted single-payer. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen.
As ObamaCare continues to collapse, options for quality, affordable health care move further out of reach for many Americans. That idea has won increasing traction among more liberal members of the Senate Democratic caucus, particularly among those eyeing possible presidential campaigns.
Flagrantly progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) threw in her support for the bill shortly after Harris. I said, nope, we're not going to put single-payer on the table. Why?
The Democrats are moving toward single-payer because they believe (probably rightly) that it will excite their base.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege".
"I don't think it's a litmus test", Pelosi said.
He went on to say that while access to health care has improved, "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". Three other potential Democratic candidates, Sens.
After former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was selected as the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, numerous voters who had backed Sanders in the primary were skeptical of her progressive chops.
But after Congress failed to end Obamacare, Democrats now seem poised to pick up the ball and run with it-at least as far as they can go while being the minority party in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.