The Democrat Repeal and Replace Plan: Single-Payer

Sen. Cory Booker is throwing his support behind a "Medicare for all" bill being introduced by 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. Booker and Gillibrand's endorsements in particular are yet another sign that support for single-payer is likely going to be the standard in 2020, no longer a deviation from the party line.

The momentum among Democratic 2020 hopefuls showcases the scale of Sanders' early influence over the 2020 Democratic process.

Sanders says the bill he will release on Wednesday will provide a more detailed blueprint for his health care plans. Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care proposal.

Like Sanders, Booker, Harris and Warren have all been floated as potential Trump challengers in the 2020 presidential race. Vox added last week Murphy "casts his bill as an on-ramp to single-payer".

For starters, it would be better if we referred not to "single payer" but to "universal coverage", since the latter is the real goal, while the former is just one way to achieve that goal (see Harold Pollack for more on this).


Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another senator popular with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, announced her support on Thursday in an email to supporters.

There are 48 members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate. "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". The advocates of this view have consistently said that Obamacare's true goal was to wreak so much havoc on the health care system that the voters, the vast majority of whom don't support single-payer, would eventually become so frustrated by the chaos that they would accept any "solution" that promised to make the pain stop.

In any case, the first thing Democrats have to acknowledge is that if this is going to be their goal, they have a challenging persuasion task ahead of them. And, they might say, Bernie Sanders' slow-moving triumph over the Democratic Party proves that they were right.

"I don't think it's a litmus test", Pelosi said. "It's time to simplify health care and lower patients' costs, and embrace Medicare for All".

The Vermont independent nearly stole the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton a year ago.

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.


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