Medicare For All Bill “A Defining Moment Of The Character Of Our Country,” Gains Support

Bernie Sanders speaks into microphone.

Sen. Bernie Sanders rolled out his Medicare-for-All plan on Wednesday with the support of 12 other Democratic senators who are backing the legislation.

Under Sanders’ plan, the United States would move to a single-payer model of health care and finally join the rest of the modern world by providing health care to all Americans. The goal of his plan is to make health care more affordable and accessible to all, including the more than 28 million people who are currently uninsured even with the Affordable Care Act in place.

Sanders’ website explains:

The only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program.

So far, 12 other Democrats have signed on, including Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, who is co-sponsoring the bill.

“There’s no question that all people should have access to affordable health care, and as we talk about moving toward a single-payer system, I think there is certainly energy and momentum toward that,” Harris said after a town hall in her hometown of Oakland, California. “Americans are making very clear when they defeated the repeal of ACA, that they don’t want to play politics with their health care.”

A statement on Sanders’ website explains that under his Medicare-for-All legislation, “Americans will benefit from the freedom and security that comes with finally separating health insurance from employment. That freedom would not only help the American people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives, but it would also promote innovation and entrepreneurship in every sector of the economy.”

However, the White House is still completely disregarding even the idea of a single-payer system. Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders insisted that Americans simply “don’t support” Sanders or his Medicare-for-All plan. If they did, she argued, he’d “be sitting in the Oval Office right now.”

“He pushed these ideas forward during the campaign. They were rejected,” Huckabee-Sanders said.

But it looks like not all Democratic lawmakers are ready to dismiss the idea that health care is a human right. “This is about a right, not about a privilege for a few,” Harris said on Wednesday during the unveiling of Sanders’ plan.

“Never again in America does anyone go bankrupt just because they got sick,” said Sen. Warren, who has already signed the legislation. “Everyone gets covered, no one goes broke and families in some of the toughest moments of their lives will not be left alone.”

Sen. Cory Booker described this as a “defining moment.”

“You cannot have justice in this country where you have millions of Americans who cannot get access to basic health care because of the amount of money they make,” Booker said. “This is a defining moment of the character of our country.”

Featured image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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