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Potential 2020 Democratic Nominees Are Lining Up Behind New Single-Payer Health Care Bill

Potential 2020 Democratic Nominees Are Lining Up Behind New Single-Payer Health Care Bill

The move by top Democrats sets up a stark contrast between themselves and Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 election.

Potential 2020 Democratic Nominees Are Lining Up Behind New Single-Payer Health Care Bill

Recognizing that the politics of health care are rapidly changing in the United States, a growing list of potential 2020 Democratic nominees are lining up in support of a new single-payer health care plan.

The bill, set to be officially proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, is quickly winning the support of key Democrats – mostly notably those considering challenging Donald Trump in the next presidential election.

According to a new report from The Hill, citing Mic, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest possible 2020 candidate to throw her support behind the measure. She is reportedly expected to announce her support of the plan soon.

The report also highlighted more key Democratic figures supporting the proposal: “Gillibrand joins other possible 2020 Democratic White House hopefuls in supporting the bill, including Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).”

“Health care should be a right, it should never be a privilege. We should have Medicare for all in this country,” the New York senator said, according to CNN.

The Democratic push for a health care system that covers all Americans comes as Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are moving in the opposite direction, trying but so far failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

A slew of CBO estimates this year found that GOP plans would result in more than 20 million Americans losing their health coverage.

Trump’s efforts have energized health care activists to push for a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system to build on the successes of Obamacare and expand coverage even further.

Public opinion is on the Democrats’ side, too, with a summer Pew poll showing that a majority of the country – 60 percent – believe the federal government should guarantee coverage to all Americans.

The move by a growing number of Democrats to embrace single-payer sets up a stark contrast between themselves and Donald Trump.

Do the American people want a president who works tirelessly to take health insurance away from millions of Americans as Donald Trump has, or do they want leaders who believe that health care in the United States is a right for all, not a privilege for the few?

The American people increasingly believe the latter.

Sanders keeping door open on 2020

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Sanders keeping door open on 2020

Sanders keeping door open on 2020

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew Dem message doesn’t mention TrumpOvernight Healthcare: Trump pressures GOP ahead of vote | McConnell urges Senate to start debate | Cornyn floats conference on House, Senate bills | Thune sees progress on Medicaid GOP seeks to meet referee’s rule on healthcare repealMORE (I-Vt.), who battled Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonNew Dem message doesn’t mention TrumpPressure on Trump grows as Kushner is questionedCruz being considered to replace Sessions: reportMORE in the 2016 Democratic primary and created a revolutionary movement among millennials, is having discussions about running for president again.

“Yes, is the answer,” said one Sanders associate who helped with the senator’s previous bid, in response to a question about whether the Independent senator from Vermont had begun to think about another run.

“He thinks he’s earned the right to run again, and he believes if he would have been the [Democratic] candidate he would have won against Trump.”

The source also suggested that Sanders is making his plans with other candidates in mind.

“The last thing he’s going to do is step aside and let Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders keeping door open on 2020Biden deflects questions about 2020 run at OZY FestThe Hill’s 12:30 ReportMORE take it,” the Sanders associate said.

Sanders, 75, hasn’t publicly said if he intends to run for president again and his office did not respond to questions.

Some of his actions, however, have people talking.

Earlier this month, he traveled to Iowa for the first time since losing the state’s caucuses to Clinton during the Democratic primary. He gave a keynote address at an event sponsored by the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

Next month, he’ll return to the state again to promote his book, “Bernie Sanders: Guide to Political Revolution.”

Sanders held campaign-style rallies in West Virginia and Kentucky earlier this month, where he criticized the Republican healthcare plan. In April, he appeared front and center on a tour across red states with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

Jeff Weaver, who served as Sanders’s campaign manager said Sanders is “keeping the door open” for a second White House run.

Larry Cohen, a senior adviser to Sanders in 2016, said it would be good news if he ran again.

“I can speak for the millions of people who supported him in saying we would love it if he runs again, and we’re hopeful he’ll run again,” Cohen said.

Cohen also predicted that if Sanders does run again, it will be as a Democrat.

Cohen said he doesn’t believe Democrats would reject him, either, given the work he’s done for the party, including through the road tour with Perez and campaigning for other Democratic candidates.

Weaver agreed.

“He’s part of the Democratic leadership in the Senate and helped raise millions of dollars to help down-ballot Democrats,” he said. “He’s helping to reform the Democratic Party. I think it speaks for itself.”

Still, the decision by Sanders to run for the Democratic nomination in 2016 as an independent is a sore spot for some Democrats. There are also Clinton supporters who believe Sanders deserves some of the blame for Clinton’s loss to Trump.

Polls suggest Sanders, along with Biden, would have to be seen as favorites if they were to enter a 2020 race.

A Public Policy Polling survey out earlier this week suggested that either candidate would be the favorite over Trump.

“From what I can see, he’s popular in the polls, Democrats like him and I’m sure if I was in his position I would be thinking of running for president again, too,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “He certainly has true believers that would support him through hell or high water and they feel like they were robbed and destiny is on his side.”

At the same time, there are also Democrats looking for fresh faces — such as Sen. Kamala Harris, the freshman California senator with a growing national presence.

Some Democrats “feel we’d be better off if we started from scratch and ran someone completely new, and I think there’s an argument for that,” Bannon said. “It seems to me if you’re running against someone like Trump, you want someone who can run unencumbered and isn’t part of the usual crowd.”

The Sanders associate said the one candidate who might give Sanders pause about trying to run for the White House again is progressive Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenNew Dem message doesn’t mention TrumpSenate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal voteDemocrats roll out ‘Better Deal,’ new economic agendaMORE (D-Mass.), who would likely run on a similar platform.

“Some of the Bernie folks feels she would take the fire away from him,” the source said.

Republicans say his age is also a factor. Sanders will be 78 in 2020.

“Sanders is too old to mount a serious campaign,” said John Feehery, a Republican strategist. “That being said, his nonestablishment message still is pretty powerful, especially with the disaffected grassroots of the Democrats.”

Another problem that stands in the way of Sanders’s White House bid would be an FBI investigation into whether his wife, Jane, falsified loan documents while serving as president of Burlington College. The school shut down in May 2016 after going bankrupt and failing to meet accreditation standards.

Sanders has defended his wife, and said the attacks are a political smear.

“My wife is the most honest person I know,” he told CNN’s Erin Burnett in an interview in late June.

“It’s fairly pathetic that when people are involved in public life, it’s not only that they get attacked, but it’s their wives and their families that get attacked.”

Despite that controversy, Sanders allies say he has the momentum, and he has a head start in the 2020 race.

“He’s keeping almost the same schedule that a presidential candidate would keep,” the Sanders associate said. “He’s doing more travel, more rallies, more for the DNC than anyone else.”

“He realizes this is his moment and he’s taking advantage of it,” the source said.

Elizabeth Warren Obliterates Trump For Rolling Back Obama-Era Student Debt Relief Rules

 

Elizabeth Warren Obliterates Trump For Rolling Back Obama-Era Student Debt Relief Rules

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The two rules being reworked by the administration help protect students from shady lending behavior and assist them in finding jobs after college that allow them to pay off their debt.

Elizabeth Warren Obliterates Trump For Rolling Back Obama-Era Student Debt Relief Rules

Responding to this week’s quiet announcement by the Trump administration that they plan to roll back two Obama-era rules that help students repay their burdensome debt, Elizabeth Warren obliterated Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

In a series of tweets, Warren said her and the administration’s decision to reconsider the protections makes it more likely for students to be “cheated” and less likely for them to get out from under massive student loan debt.

As The Hill noted today, the two rules being reworked by the administration are the borrower defense and gainful employment rules, which help protect students from shady lending behavior and assist them in finding jobs after college that allow them to pay off their debt.

As Warren said in a separate statement, the move by the Trump Department of Education would be an assault on the consumer protections of students.

“Students shouldn’t have the pause button hit on their consumer protections, and this isn’t the time for the Department of Education to step back from their responsibility to protect federal loan borrowers,” the Massachusetts senator said.

Reworking the rules in favor of for-profit institutions may benefit the moneyed interests that support this administration, but it’s certainly not helpful to millions of American students burdened with insurmountable debt.

Elizabeth Warren Sounds The Alarm: Trump Is About To Deliver Knockout Blow To The Middle Class

Elizabeth Warren Sounds The Alarm: Trump Is About To Deliver Knockout Blow To The Middle Class

“This isn’t about what Donald Trump says. This is about what Donald Trump does. And he’s delivering one hit after another on working families.”

Elizabeth Warren Sounds The Alarm: Trump Is About To Deliver Knockout Blow To The Middle Class

Elizabeth Warren urged Democrats to stand up and fight Donald Trump’s catastrophic policies on Wednesday, warning the country that the president is on the verge of delivering the final knockout blow to the middle class.

Warren told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that Trump used misdirected anger to get himself elected and now he’s about to hurt the very people that sent him to the White House.

Warren first pointed out that Americans are “deeply angry” and Trump was able to successfully use that anger to propel his Electoral College victory last November.

“People are right to be angry,” Warren said, adding that Trump wrongly directed that anger toward minorities to fuel his campaign. “He told a story. It’s just the wrong story.”

She went on to say that all the promises Trump made to his supporters have completely collapsed in less than 100 days.

“Donald Trump promised – he said, ‘You elect me and I’m gonna get out there and I’m gonna work for you,’ and look at what he’s done,” she said. “He’s been in place less than 100 days and … he has already signed off on a law to make it easier for employers to steal their employee’s wages. He’s made it easier for companies that kill and maim their employees, to hide that information. He’s made it easier for investment advisers to cheat retirees. And for me, I gotta tell you, the Trumpcare was like the whole package wrapped up in one. He embraced this idea that the way we’re going to move this country forward, the way we’re going to reform health care, is we’re gonna knock 24 million people out of health care coverage.”

Warren concluded: “This isn’t about what Donald Trump says. This is about what Donald Trump does. And he’s delivering one hit after another on working families.”

Not only did Trump ride a wave of minority resentment and misdirected anger into the White House, but now he’s poised to deliver a knockout blow to the very people he promised to help.

Democrats should follow Warren’s lead to not just hammer home how Trump’s policies would be catastrophic for the middle class, but also to explain how Democratic economic policies will help working Americans get ahead and stay ahead.