Booker Co-Sponsoring Single-Payer Healthcare Bill with Bernie Sanders

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Several Senate Democrats who are seen as potential presidential candidates in 2020 have endorsed Sanders' bill, including Elizabeth Warren of MA and Cory Booker of New Jersey. Senate panel approves funds for United Nations climate agency MORE (D-W.V.) on Tuesday clarified that he is "skeptical" of a single-payer healthcare system, saying that he simply supports digging into the complex details of the idea to see if it has potential.

So far the following Democratic senators have agreed to co-sponsor the bill: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Jeff Merkley of OR and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. Sanders, a Vermont Independent, made the issue a cornerstone of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

On Wednesday, Sanders plans to roll out the much-anticipated bill, alongside several co-sponsors.

"Right now, our health care system is incredibly complex, fragmented and stressful". Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, and Warren are all rumored to be plotting presidential runs in 2020. In a single-payer structure the government pays all the medical bills. A Pew survey from last June shows only 33% support the idea of single payer. In telling her side of the story, Clinton takes jabs at Sen.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has long supported universal health care coverage.

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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". That's when many Democrats will defend Senate seats in GOP-leaning states where liberal voters are scarce. 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.

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.

In a statement, Merkley said, "Health care should be a right for every single American, not a privilege reserved for the healthy and the wealthy".

I just think the time has come. Kirsten Gillibrand has signed on to co-sponsor the legislation.

Meanwhile, NBC obtained Monday the summary draft of a bill that Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy have prepared as a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare with a system that favors insurance companies. Just a year ago, Hillary Clinton dismissed single-payer as "a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass".

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