Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand backs the Bernie Sanders 'Medicare for All' bill

Posted September 13, 2017

"Nobody goes broke paying a medical bill".

But that hasn't stopped an ever growing number of liberals from announcing support for Sanders' plan. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of OR and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.

As more senators continue to co-sponsor @SenSanders's bill, the #MedicareForAll train is gaining momentum! When Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released the "Better Deal" economic package proposal earlier in the year in an attempt to refocus and reclaim blue-collar Americans who voted for Trump, single-payer healthcare was noticeably absent. "But when we talk about Cory Booker here, while he certainly hasn't ruled out running for president, I don't think this is the end game necessarily". If President Trump limps into his re-election campaign unpopular, and the Democrats run a good candidate (i.e., someone as unlike Hillary Clinton as possible), then you might have the potential for an outcome that would allow them to at least attempt to pass single-payer.

This theory seemed to be confirmed by Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky in 2009, when she referred to Obamacare as a mere step toward single-payer, "This is not a principled fight".

Supporters of Sanders and a Medicare for All healthcare system have deemed the coming legislation a "litmus test" for Democrats. "As Bill likes to say, at this point in our lives, we have more yesterdays than tomorrows".

This reminds me a bit of the debate over marriage equality: support for the idea within the party was broad, but fears of a political backlash kept most Democratic officials quiet.

Sanders is slated to roll out his new health care legislation Wednesday and several Senate Democrats have announced they will co-sponsor the bill including Sens.

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

I've seen estimates as high as $3 trillion, and that's before you get into the question of who's making your health care decisions for you. 'But I think that's where their party's moving'. Rand Paul (R-Ky) on a bail reform bill that will likely get significant support from progressive Democrats. "I'm not signing on to a piece of legislation that I don't have any idea what it's going to do to the economy, to the access and to people's care", he told The Hill. "It is not enough just to say that marijuana is going to be legalized". That's quite encouraging to liberals, but when they offered some reasons one might oppose it (it would give government too much control, it would require new taxes), support dropped to as low as 34 percent.

The plan, called "Medicare for All", would expand the federal health care program that covers those over 65 to all Americans. "I think in a democracy, we should be doing what the American people want".