Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced her support of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ healthcare reform bill aka the “Medicare-for-All” plan. Gillard is one of the many Democrats that voiced their support for Sanders’ plan.
If Sanders’ bill passes, the Obama-era Medicare program will be expanded from the nation’s elderly to just about everyone, with funding from the federal government. Sanders first pledged to push for universal health care coverage during the presidential campaign last year.
According to a report, Gillibrand wants to co-sponsor the new bill. She is one of the many liberal lawmakers to back the reform plan, many of whom intend to run for the presidency in 2020.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced that he would be co-sponsoring the healthcare reform plan on the same day. Booker is confident Sanders’ progressive bill can only add to Obamacare’s benefits.
Healthcare Should Be ‘an American Right’
In a recent interview, Booker said healthcare should be “an American right” instead of a privilege based on economic status and denied to many because they don’t earn enough.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MS) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) had also announced their support for the bill. It is unclear, though, if the liberal push can make it through a Senate controlled by the GOP, which has repeatedly blasted the plan for being too costly.
According to a new Pew poll, most Americans agree the government should ensure access to affordable healthcare to all Americans not just a select few. Over 52% of Democratic respondents back a single-payer system, with just 12% of Republicans embracing the idea. The single payer healthcare plan dismantles private insurance markets as the federal government will cover all medical costs.
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