Health Care Bill 2017: Sanders, Democrats Pushing ‘Medicare For All’ After GOP Plan Fails
The following is an excerpt from JOSH KEEFE | March 27, 2017 | ibtimes.com |
Since last November's election, Democrats have been relegated to playing defense while Republicans, who control the House, Senate and White House, have been working to enact a conservative agenda. But after the GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare fell apart Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and the progressive wing of the Democratic party have used the Republicans' failure as an opportunity to push for a single-payer health care system.
"We have got to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and move forward toward a ‘Medicare for all,’ single-payer program," Sanders said on MSNBC Friday night. “And I’ll be introducing legislation shortly to do that."
During a Saturday town hall in Hardwick, Vermont, Sanders promised to introduce legislation "within a couple of weeks," Vermont Public Radio reported. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said he would introduce similar legislation in the House, where Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, introduced a "Medicare for all" bill in January. Conyers' Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act has more than 50 co-sponsors.
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