Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)-typically known for his progressive stances-said he's focusing on his own healthcare bill and will not co-sponsor Sanders' bill. Some Democrats are anxious that pressure from the base of the party to move to the left on health care could negatively impact centrist Democrats in suburban areas where there is likely less support for a single payer proposal. I said, nope, we're not going to put single-payer on the table. Why?
"You should not be punished because you are working class or poor...."
"I'm signing onto Medicare-for-all, which I'm excited to do this week", Booker said in an interview with NJTV. In many policy areas, it's nearly impossible for the GOP to get any more conservative than it has become, while Democrats are continuing to move left.
On Sept. 12, Democratic Sen. This week, Senator Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and other Senate Democrats plan to offer their solution: a complete Washington takeover of America's health care system. It would replace private health insurance markets and have the federal government foot all medical bills.
"Senator Whitehouse intends to cosponsor this bill to move the conversation forward on single-payer health care", the spokesperson said. So why not end all this foreplay and get down to business, goes the thinking. "Health care is a basic human right and it's time to fight for it". "In no way are we scrapping it, we are building on it", Blumenthal told reporters. "The alternative is that taxpayers are paying huge amounts of money for them to get health care in the emergency room".
Earlier in September, the center-left think tank Third Way begged the Democratic Party to promote itself as "the jobs party" instead of focusing on divisive, far-left policies. "For decades, Democrats had tried and failed to pass some sort of national healthcare plan, and the biggest obstacle had always been Americans" fears that it would disrupt their current coverage. Activists hailed even those cautious words given Tester represents a red state and has previously been dismissive of the idea that single-payer's time has come.
It is unclear what if any progress the progressive bill will make in a Senate controlled by Republicans, who have chafed at the cost of such a proposal. "But when we talk about Cory Booker here, while he certainly hasn't ruled out running for president, I don't think this is the end game necessarily".
Other Democrats, including those in the House, are introducing more modest measures, including one that would extend Medicare-like health care coverage to those near retirement age, adults between 55 and 64 years old.