— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) September 7, 2017
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is backing Bernie Sanders’ plan for single-payer health care, which also goes by the name “Medicare for All.”
“There is something fundamentally wrong when one of the richest and most powerful countries on the planet can’t make sure that a person can afford to see a doctor when they’re sick,” Warren wrote in an email to supporters on Thursday. “This isn’t any way to live.”
Warren said she is co-sponsoring Sanders’ Medicare for All bill, slated to be introduced later this month, and she asked supporters to sign a petition in support of the measure.
In her email to supporters, Warren praised the federal Affordable Care Act, noting that now insurance companies can’t deny people with pre-existing conditions and people can stay on their parents’ insurance until they’re 26 years old.
“But there’s so much more we could do right now to bring down the costs of quality health care for every American. We could start by ending health insurance company price gouging – ending high deductibles, surprise bills, and endless fights with insurance companies over coverage for critical medical procedures or out-of-pocket costs,” Warren wrote. “We could also cut the cost of prescription drugs by importing drugs from Canada, where the same prescription can sometimes cost far less than in the US.”
According to Warren, Medicare for All is “one way that we can give every single person in the country access to high quality health care.”