Sen. Booker co-sponsoring Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for all' bill

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2017

Warren wrote. "Everything should be on the table - and that's why I'm co-sponsoring Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill that will be introduced later this month". He will also be joined by "medical professionals, business leaders, and patients".

Warren is not the only Democratic star to co-sponsor Sanders' bill.

Booker made the announcement Monday on New Jersey's NJTV News. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHow Sanders could save the Democratic Party in 2018 Google faces blowback after think tank fires critic Judd Gregg: The left's theater of the absurd MORE (Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWeek ahead: Congress returns to take up bipartisan health care effort Sanders single-payer bill poses dilemma for 2020 Dem hopefuls Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand will lead Democrats to 2020 victory MORE (Calif.) are supporting Sanders's legislation.

According to Warren, with the proposal everyone is covered, no one would go bankrupt for paying a medical bill and families would not have to take the disastrous costs of health care alone.

Sanders sits on that committee, and used part his time at a hearing on Thursday to call for health care for all.

Gillibrand has been open about her support for a single-payer system at several recent town halls across NY. A new survey of US physicians shows 42 percent "strongly" favor single-payer and another 14 percent "somewhat" so, according to Forbes (Aug. 13). "Every man, woman, and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income".

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Sanders made single payer a driving force of his campaign for president a year ago, and is now keeping up the push.

Canadian single-payer universal health care costs only 60 percent of US care, with better results (life expectancy, infant mortality, etc.).

Warren argued single payer is the "one way" to achieve these objectives, and to ensure that all Americans are guaranteed healthcare as a right.

Moreover, the late Tommy Douglas, who introduced Canadian single-payer in the 1960's, was accordingly voted all-time greatest Canadian in a 2004 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation survey.

Booker, who has been floated as a possible contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, said Obamacare was just a "first step" in securing healthcare for all Americans.

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