HomeCandidates 2018Abdul El-Sayed9/13 News Roundup – Sanders: “Why We Need Medicare For All”, Bernie Set To Introduce Health Bill Backed By 15+ Senators & More
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Feel the Bern
Hillary Clinton Just Lost Her Central Argument with Bernie Sanders

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But while Clinton traverses the country insisting that she was unfairly outflanked by unserious ideas, Sanders seems to be winning that same war of ideas in Congress. In the past week, more than a dozen Democratic senators have signed on as co-sponsors of a Sanders-backed single-payer health-care bill, to be unveiled on Wednesday. Among the list flirting with the “Medicare for all” proposal are a number of lawmakers whose names have surfaced as potential 2020 contenders, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Al Franken of Minnesota, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. It’s hardly Sanders’s promised “political revolution,” at least not yet, but the party’s goal posts are suddenly shifting dramatically in his direction.

Clinton, who famously described herself during the campaign as “a progressive that likes to get things done,” rightly pointed out Tuesday that there are few details included in the latest Sanders plan. For starters, it remains unclear what “single-payer” means and how it would be paid for. But while Clinton remains worried that pushing for a single-payer system will distract from more achievable, incremental steps like a public option or expanding Medicare, Democrats in Congress are choosing not to get hung up on policy. Several senators have signed on to multiple competing visions for universal health care, choosing to win the political argument before hammering out the policy details. “[Sanders’s] bill is aspirational, and I’m hopeful that it can serve as a starting point for where we need to go as a country,” Franken said in a statement.

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