The “Medicare-for-all” bill introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has already received traction from lawmakers. On Monday Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced he will be co-sponsoring the bill.
“Health care should be a right for every single American, not a privilege reserved for the healthy and the wealthy,” Merkley said in a statement.
“Right now, our health care system is incredibly complex, fragmented, and stressful. It would be terrific to have a simple, seamless system where, solely by virtue of living in America, you know that you will get the care you need.”
Merkley praised how much progress the country has made in expanding access to healthcare, “but many Americans still are rightfully frustrated by the cost and complexity of our current system,” he said.
“It’s time to simplify health care and lower patients’ costs, and embrace Medicare for All.”
Merkley joins Democratic Senators Cory Booker (N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) in co-sponsoring the bill.
Sanders took to Twitter on Monday to personally thank Merkley for his support:
“Thank you @SenJeffMerkley for joining us in the fight to make Medicare for all a reality,” the Vermont senator said.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 11, 2017