GOP Tried Luring Dems With New Healthcare Plan, But Sanders Caught On To Their ‘Old Political Trick’
Republican Sen. Steve Daines introduced a single-payer healthcare plan on Thursday to the Senate, but he does not support it.
Dianes called the plan the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act.
“I do not support a single-payer system, but I believe Americans deserve to see us debate different ideas, which is why I am bringing forward this amendment,” Daines said in a statement emailed to Business Insider. “It’s time for every Senator to go on the record on whether or not they support a single-payer healthcare system.”
One Senator who has always pushed for a single-payer healthcare plan was Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but he called the Republican plan a “sham” and said the Democratic caucus wouldn’t be considering amendments until the final bill is out. Democrats also won’t be introducing amendments until the debate period is over.
He said in a statement:
“The process Republicans have used to try to take health insurance away from millions is a sham. The Democratic caucus will not consider amendments until we see Republicans’ final legislation and know what bill we are amending. Once Republicans show us their final bill, Sen. Sanders looks forward to getting a vote on his amendment that makes clear the Senate believes the United States must join every major country and guarantee healthcare as a right, not a privilege.”
During the debate on Thursday, Sanders called the amendment an “old political trick.”
“I hope that this is really a breakthrough,” Sanders said of the bill.
“I think this is not a time for political games,” he added.