Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Sen. Cory Booker Joins on as Co-Sponsor of 'Medicare for All' Bill

Sen. Cory Booker Joins on as Co-Sponsor of 'Medicare for All' Bill

The idea of health care for all helped fuel Sanders' surprisingly strong presidential campaign.

Sanders has long pushed for the United States to adopt a single-payer system, similar to those found in Canada and Europe. In telling her side of the story, Clinton takes jabs at Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, joining a number of others. Cory Booker is backing single-payer health insurance, joining a crusade led by U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders, a potential rival in 2020.

This is a significant change in Democratic Party orthodoxy. The answer is yes, it can - but it's complicated. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). One big question about Sanders' plan is whether it will be the kind of "Medicare for all" he's advocated in the past, or something like "Medicare for all who want it", which would retain a role for private insurance. The single payer charade is, in fact, nothing more than a performance for the most clueless of their naive supporters.

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. That makes public opinion on the question extremely fluid. He will tell us the time has finally come for socialized medicine. Once that point was reached, the theory goes, the Democrats would be able to get single-payer through Congress. Republicans could easily paint it as a huge tax increase that would create government-controlled health care. With a fair tax structure - one that eliminates loopholes and benefits enjoyed only by the richest individuals and biggest corporations - and a Medicare for All system that incentivizes wellness and preventive care, eliminates waste, fraud and abuse, ends craven profiteering, and uses its bargaining power to negotiate lower costs, we can replace the savagely broken system now in place that is fraught with outrageous costs and inefficiencies and perpetuates inequality.

The plan, called "Medicare for All", would expand the federal health care program that covers those over 65 to all Americans. But it does mean they can be refuted.

The American people increasingly believe the latter.

As it stands, there is already a national, single-payer healthcare bill languishing in the House, Rep. John Conyers' United States National Health Care Act‬, which the Michigan Democrat introduced on January 24, has 117 co-sponsors, and has been buried in committees ever since.

The move by a growing number of Democrats to embrace single-payer sets up a stark contrast between themselves and Donald Trump.

This is about as far from a coincidence as you can get. That comes from the personality of the candidate, but it also comes from their vision of change.

Notably, the momentum behind Medicare for All is part of a broader shift among Democrats, who seem to be coalescing around a set of progressive ideas that would have been almost impossible to imagine the party establishment putting forward just a few years ago.

"Put them all on the table", Pelsoi said.

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