Sanders, co-sponsors to introduce Medicare-for-All bill Wednesday

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Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Jeff Merkley of OR are the latest Democratic 2020 presidential prospects to announce their support for Sen.

So far the following Democratic senators have agreed to co-sponsor the bill: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Jeff Merkley of OR and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. Warren, Harris and Booker are widely considered to be top contenders for the 2020 democratic presidential nomination.

Just hours later, Mic broke the news that Gillibrand, who has come out in the past in favor of single-payer, will also co-sponsor the bill.

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This shift is due in large part to the tireless efforts of Sanders, both during the campaign and in the months since President Donald Trump took office, to push Democrats to be more progressive on core economic issues.

The rest of the party is getting on board with single-payer - or "Medicare for all", where the federal government would provide health insurance for every American financed through taxes - as well. Thus, he was no doubt surprised when, during a discussion at Montana State University last Thursday, Baucus offered the following comment: "My personal view is we've got to start looking at single-payer". Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. No Democrat would run for president, or even for House or Senate minority leader, without supporting the DREAM Act. Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest possible 2020 candidate to throw her support behind the measure.

And the way things are going, soon no Democratic leader will be able to oppose single-payer.

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This is a great debate for health care advocates to have - it'll matter a great deal the next time Democrats are in power - and it's a reminder that in the wake of the 2016 elections, Democrats en masse have rejected calls to move the party to the right.

"I don't think it's a litmus test", Pelosi said. In the House, meanwhile, well over 100 Democrats have co-sponsored Rep. John Conyers' "Expanded & Improved Medicare For All bill".

After former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was selected as the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, numerous voters who had backed Sanders in the primary were skeptical of her progressive chops. "It's the best way to ensure that every American finally has access to quality, affordable health care".

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The legislation comes after several failed attempts by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the signature Obama era legislation that expanded Medicaid, the government insurance program for low-income people, and guaranteed health coverage for people with preexisting conditions.

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