Well the ‘inside/outside’ strategy seems to have picked up its first member of insider support:
Sen. Kamala Harris is the first Democrat to announce she’ll co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health care bill when it’s introduced in September.
The California freshman — seen as a rising star in the party and a 2020 presidential prospect — revealed her plans to back Sanders’ legislation at a town hall Wednesday night in Oakland.
“Here, I’ll break some news: I intend to co-sponsor the Medicare-for-all bill, because it’s just the right thing to do,” Harris said. She announced her support for Sanders’ single-payer plan at the end of her town hall and joked that “somebody should tell my staff.”
Her co-sponsorship is another sign that the Democratic Party is increasingly embracing a shift away from the private health insurance market and toward a government-run program. The issue is poised to become a major litmus test for its presidential candidates in 2020.
It comes just 20 months after the party’s last standard-bearer in a presidential election, Hillary Clinton, called Sanders’ single-payer proposal “a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass.”
“This is about understanding, again, that health care should be a right, not a privilege. And it’s also about being smart,” Harris said. “It is so much better that people have meaningful access to affordable health care at every stage of life, from birth on. Because the alternative is that we as taxpayers otherwise are paying huge amounts of money for them to get their health care in an emergency room. So it’s not only about what is morally and ethically right, it also makes sense from a fiscal standpoint, or if you want to talk about it as a return on investment for taxpayers.”
Bernie gives thanks:
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 30, 2017
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So, I opened up twitter this morning:
— Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) June 24, 2017
— Judy Jones🍏 (@JudyJones1990) June 24, 2017
and so on, and so on. Tweet after tweet after tweet about it. I gather the people I follow are pretty upset.
Jimmy was responding to yet another Joy Reid tweet trolling Trump using “Russia!” (TM)
Judy was responding to David Sirota’s tweet about this:
A high-profile effort to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California sputtered on Friday when Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) decided to shelve the proposal.
Rendon’s justification? He called it “woefully incomplete”.
it could be revived next year.
But the move is nonetheless a major setback for legislation that has electrified the Democratic party’s progressive flank.
The California Nurses Assn., the bill’s sponsors and the state’s most vocal advocates for single-payer, blasted Rendon’s decision as “cowardly.”
“Acting in secret in the interests of the profiteering insurance companies late Friday afternoon abandons all those people already threatened by Congress and the Trump administration,” Deborah Burger, the union’s co-president, said in a statement.
Burger continued: “The people of California are counting on the Legislature to protect them now, not sometime next year, and as polls have shown Californians support this proposal by a wide majority. A solution to this health care emergency could be at hand; Speaker Rendon is standing in opposition.”
And it looks like Rendon isn’t the only coward:
Privately, many Assembly Democrats said they dreaded having to vote on the bill, fearful of backing a proposal — with no financing behind it or politically risky tax hikes — with an “aye” vote, or alienating their energized base with a “no.”
Could have been historic.
National poll pic.twitter.com/1MHMuVnLBI
— m (@freetesla11) June 24, 2017
And it could have been great. Save $$$$ AND guarantee health care:
— Emil Medellin (@medellinemil) June 24, 2017
Rendon’s statement ends with this:
“the assembly with stand with our partners to face the real, immediate threat to Californians’ health care posed by the Republicans in Washington”
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