Sanders to Introduce Single-Payer Bill
Headline Roundup September 13th, 2017
Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce on Wednesday a new version of his plan to give everybody government-run health insurance, potentially opening a new chapter in the ongoing healthcare debate.
This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers?
Senate Democrats are set to announce a new push for single-payer healthcare on Wednesday featuring several 2020 hopefuls touting legislation from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to expand Medicare to everyone.
But divisions remain in the Democratic caucus over whether government-run healthcare may be going too far. Some of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats running for re-election in 2018 are not offering a warm embrace of the policy.
When Sen. Bernie Sanders last introduced a single-payer bill in 2013, it didn’t attract a single co-sponsor. Now, as he unveils his “Medicare for all” bill on Wednesday, some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party will be by his side.