If Gillibrand is staking out territory on the left of the Democratic Party, it is because she is apparently weighing her chances for a run at the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. As the Washington Post reported yesterday, the "dam is breaking when it comes to the Democratic Party embracing government-funded health care".
Just hours later, Mic broke the news that Gillibrand, who has come out in the past in favor of single-payer, will also co-sponsor the bill. Well, they just happen to constitute four of the eight most likely 2020 Democratic presidential nominees, according to the handy list I put out Friday. It would replace private health insurance markets and have the federal government foot all medical bills.
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.
Perez held a press conference Tuesday with CASA in Action, a nonprofit organization that supports "Latinos and immigrants in Maryland and Virginia" and often endorses progressive candidates. Attempts to dismantle portions of the bill have failed, but House and Senate GOP leaders remain committed to eliminating the law known as "Obamacare".
"This would create an affordable, public health care plan that's available to any American to purchase through the already-existing insurance exchanges", she said. 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". "I think, right now, he wants to be the rational and reasonable voice of the progressive wing of the Democratic party". 117 House Democrats (over 60 percent of the caucus) have co-sponsored HR 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act offered every Congress by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).
"You should not be punished because you are working-class or poor and be denied health care". The Republicans' self-inflicted defeat and their unwillingness to keep their Obamacare repeal promises have opened the door for a push for single-payer health care.
After former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was selected as the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, numerous voters who had backed Sanders in the primary were skeptical of her progressive chops.