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Sen. Booker co-sponsoring Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for all' bill - NJTV

Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) "Medicare for all" health-care bill Monday.

Sanders' bill comes as an increasing number of high-profile Democrats continue to raise their support for single-payer healthcare, or basic healthcare that is guaranteed to all citizens through the use of taxes. On Monday, Senators Cory Booker and Jeff Merkley backed the initiative; Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala D. Harris have also already gotten on the single-payer train. The bill, which is backed by almost every big Democratic Party‬ name in the Senate, comes on the heals of several failures of the Republican Party to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump.

Pelosi made it clear that her distance from the bill, which Sanders expects to unveil with top progressives this week, creating something of a litmus test for Democrats, had little to do with its contents.

Many Democrats wobbly from their new found health policy triumph are eagerly aiming for the mountaintop demonstrating a single-payer system for all Americans.

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Democrats are also worrying over whether placating Sanders' far-left, anti-establishment supporters will alienate moderate Democrats to such a degree that it will be impossible to gain congressional majorities in 2018 and the presidency in 2020. Once that point was reached, the theory goes, the Democrats would be able to get single-payer through Congress. Bernie Sanders that would guarantee everyone in the country is covered by health insurance.

It would offer Americans the same kind of health care that is afforded Canadians, where the government entirely funds health care through tax dollars and various "levies" that are deducted when people pay their income taxes every year.

Merkley supported both Sanders and the concept and others are signing on as well. Sen.

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.

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I just think the time has come.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand intends to co-sponsor Sen. The GOP's failed efforts to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act have cemented government's increased role in health care, and not even Republicans are really arguing for a big rollback on that.

The party's more progressive direction is also a result of the hard-fought 2016 primary campaign, which Clinton's book takes needless jabs at; after all, it produced the most progressive Democratic platform in history.

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