Bernie Sanders is getting some serious support in his push to
reform the US healthcare system.
Sanders on Wednesday will roll out a Medicare-for-all bill, which
aims to extend the Medicare program, federally funded insurance
for people over the age of 65, to all Americans.
A single-payer healthcare push has previously been well
outside the mainstream for most Democrats. But Sanders’
legislation has picked up support from high-profile
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey on Monday became the latest to
offer support for Sanders’ legislation.
“I’m signing onto Medicare-for-all, which I’m excited to do this
week,” Booker said in
an interview with NJTV. “Sen. Sanders, myself, and some
others are going to be announcing some legislation this week
along with some of my other colleagues.”
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
“What we have right now is a country where just
because of your wealth, it will depend on whether you have
healthcare or not,” Booker continued. “You should not be punished
because you are working-class or poor and be denied healthcare. I
think healthcare should be a right to all.”
Booker’s announcement comes after other high-profile
Democrats said they would cosponsor the bill.
Sen. Kamala Harris, who also has been floated as a 2020
said at a town hall late last month that she
would also co-sponsor the bill.
“This is about understanding, again, that healthcare should
be a right, not a privilege. And it’s also about being smart,”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another senator popular with
the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, announced her
support on Thursday in an email to supporters.
“I believe it’s time to take a step back and ask: what is
the best way to deliver high quality, low cost health care to all
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.”
The movement on Sanders bill comes as single-payer
healthcare has become
much more popular among the American public in polling. Even
business titans like Warren Buffett
have backed the idea.
The bill still faces almost impossible odds of
passage, given that Republicans control Congress and the
White House. But Sanders’ move signals it will be a policy fight
Democrats are willing to pick for the foreseeable future.
Sanders, along with the cosponsors, will roll out the
legislation at a large event featuring doctors, hospital
workers, and more on Wednesday.