Perez Dodges Questions About Supporting Single-Payer Health Care

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Senators Cory Booker, Jeff Merkley and Kirsten Gillibrand each announced on Monday that they will co-sponsor Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All bill set to be unveiled on Wednesday. Senate panel approves funds for United Nations climate agency MORE (D-W.V.) on Tuesday clarified that he is "skeptical" of a single-payer healthcare system, saying that he simply supports digging into the complex details of the idea to see if it has potential. It also shows that lawmakers considering running for president in 2020 are eager not to look too moderate or cautious on an issue that excites the party's base.

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. Vox added last week Murphy "casts his bill as an on-ramp to single-payer".

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Bloomberg that he was open to exploring a single-payer health insurance program. Bernie Sanders's forthcoming Medicare-for-all legislation are proposing ideas that would expand the government's role in health care. Sen. "It's the best way to ensure that every American finally has access to quality, affordable health care". That's when many Democrats will defend Senate seats in GOP-leaning states where liberal voters are scarce.

This theory seemed to be confirmed by Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky in 2009, when she referred to Obamacare as a mere step toward single-payer, "This is not a principled fight".

He said moving to a single-payer program would "simplify health care and lower patients' costs".

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"As I've been traveling around NY, the number one thing I keep hearing from New Yorkers is that people are very anxious that their health care is still too expensive", Gillibrand said Tuesday. Tester said "we are so far away" from that debate in both March and June.

Other potential Democratic presidential candidates such as California Sen.

The party's more progressive direction is also a result of the hard-fought 2016 primary campaign, which Clinton's book takes needless jabs at; after all, it produced the most progressive Democratic platform in history. Elizabeth Warren, have said they'll co-sponsor the bill - as have Rhode Island Sen.

Meanwhile, NBC obtained Monday the summary draft of a bill that Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy have prepared as a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare with a system that favors insurance companies.

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