Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said during a town hall Saturday that he will introduce a “Medicare for all” (single-payer) healthcare bill in Congress.
“It is a commonsense proposal, and I think once the American people understand it, we can go forward with it,” Sanders said after the town hall meeting, Vermont Public Radio reported.
Following Sanders step, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said he would introduce the same bill in the House.
“Well, you know, it’s a goal,” Welch said after the town hall, noting that it would be hard to pass it in this Congress.
“But I think we have to do keep the goal out there, because we need in this country, like any industrialized country, a healthcare system that’s affordable, accessible and universal.”
We will reach out to our Republican colleagues with specific proposals about some of the things we can do to fix some of the issues in the Affordable Care Act,” Welch said.
Sen. Sanders announcement comes after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday pulled the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s healthcare proposal, amid public outcry at Town hall meetings across the country and dwindling support among Republicans.
The move is making republicans nervous over the prospect of a Democratic takeover in the 2018 elections if they oppose the bill.