Sen. Sanders Announces He’ll Introduce Single-Payer Healthcare Bill
In a move that’s likely to fire up the Democratic base and put Republicans in a bind, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Sunday that he will “absolutely” introduce legislation on single-payer healthcare now that the Senate GOP’s bill to repeal ObamaCare has failed.
Sanders’ revelation came during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday.
“We’re tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together,” Sanders told host Jake Tapper.
Sanders promised to introduce a “Medicare for All” proposal in the coming days, a healthcare model that is the dream of progressive Democrats.
Last week, following the Trumpcare debacle, Republican Sen. Steve Daines (Mont.) attached an amendment to one version of the ObamaCare repeal bill that would have created a single-payer healthcare system in the U.S. Daines does not support a single-payer system but used the model as a political maneuver.
Sanders’s spokesman slammed the amendment as a “sham” at the time and said Sanders and other Democrats would refuse to vote on the measure.
The U.S. healthcare system still lags far behind other developed nations. Despite gains made under the Affordable Care Act, Americans still struggle to afford care and face greater financial barriers to care than adults in the other countries.
But if Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressive lawmakers get their way, that could change soon.
Watch the interview below via CNN: