Booker joins Bernie Sanders' crusade

Booker joins Bernie Sanders' crusade

New Jersey's Sen. Cory Booker announced earlier in the day that he is now a co-sponsor of the "Medicare for All", saying it is a continuation of progress made under the Affordable Care Act. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) "Medicare for all" health-care bill Monday.

Gillibrand, New York's junior senator, plans on being a co-sponsor of the bill, Mic.com reported Monday.

The junior Senator from NY is considered one among a number of possible contenders for the 2020 democratic nomination for president.

Booker announced on NJTV that he would be co-sponsoring Sanders' upcoming bill championing a single-payer healthcare system. "That's why I support Medicare for All, and why I'll be cosponsoring legislation in the coming days - including Senator Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act and forthcoming legislation from my colleagues - that will save lives and move our country's health care system forward in this direction".

Democrats are also worrying over whether placating Sanders' far-left, anti-establishment supporters will alienate moderate Democrats to such a degree that it will be impossible to gain congressional majorities in 2018 and the presidency in 2020. It would replace private health insurance markets and have the federal government foot all medical bills. Max Baucus (D-MT) said last week that he also supports a single-payer system. In fact, he was so vehement in his opposition that Bernie Sanders conflated his position with that of the Republicans and said Baucus would never support single-payer "in a million years". "You should not be punished because you are working class or poor and be denied healthcare". That idea has won increasing traction among more liberal members of the Senate Democratic caucus, particularly among those eyeing possible presidential campaigns. "I think, right now, he wants to be the rational and reasonable voice of the progressive wing of the Democratic party". Elizabeth Warren of MA and California Sen. Three other potential Democratic candidates, Sens. On the other hand, when they offered reasons to support single payer (it would guarantee universal coverage, it would save administrative costs), support climbed as high as 72 percent. Whether they were right or not, in 2016 Democrats didn't perceive Hillary Clinton as offering a sweeping policy agenda; she seemed more interested in tinkering with every program to make it work better. Democratic activists believe the GOP's failed attempt to repeal Obamacare has strengthened the resolve of the nation's leftists.

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