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Democrats Move Left on Healthcare

Written by Joe Scudder

Despite losing to a centrist Presidential candidate, and losing repeatedly to Republicans, Democrats move left as they show Presidential ambitions.

Despite the lessons of the last year, still Democrats move left. The popularity of Bernie Sanders seems to have emboldened Democrats who have Presidential ambitions. They must be convinced that Sanders only lost the primary due to DNC corruption and they think he could have beaten Donald Trump. Those are both improbable beliefs. I doubt fully socialist healthcare is going to persuade a majority of Americans.

Lifezette report, “New Litmus Test for 2020 Democratic Hopefuls: Bernie’s ‘Medicare for All’

Booker joined the small club of Democratic senators rallying around Sanders’ “Medicare for All” bill, which is expected to be unveiled Wednesday and could cost the government billions or trillions of dollars to sustain. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), also one of the Democratic Party’s most prominent rising stars, become the first Democratic senator to back the bill openly last week.

“I’ll break some news: I intend to co-sponsor the Medicare for All bill because it’s just the right thing to do,” Harris said at a church in Oakland, California, last week. “It’s so much better people have meaningful access to affordable health care at every stage from birth on … This is about understanding health care should be a right, and not a privilege.”

Flagrantly progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) threw in her support for the bill shortly after Harris.

“There is something fundamentally wrong when one of the richest and most powerful countries on the planet can’t make sure that a person can afford to see a doctor when they’re sick. This isn’t any way to live,” Warren said in a fundraising email. “Health care is a basic human right and it’s time to fight for it.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) also opted to back Sanders’ “Medicare for All” bill Monday. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) supports the bill as well.

These six senators now openly have embraced the progressive idea of a single-payer system that once existed on the extreme fringe of the Democratic Party.

The momentum among Democratic 2020 hopefuls showcases the scale of Sanders’ early influence over the 2020 Democratic process.

Read the entire Lifezette story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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