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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.

Bernie Sanders will ‘absolutely’ be releasing single-payer legislation

Bernie Sanders will ‘absolutely’ be releasing single-payer legislation

Bernie Sanders will ‘absolutely’ be releasing single-payer legislation

July 30, 2017

Aidan Quigley
Posted with permission from Newsweek

Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders said Sunday he would “absolutely” introduce a single-payer healthcare bill following failed Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare.

“Absolutely, of course we are,” Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday. “We’re just tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together.”

“We are the only major country on earth, the only one, not to guarantee healthcare to all people,” he said. “The result is 28 million people who are uninsured, millions of people who are paying deductibles and copayments that are far too high.”

The GOP’s push to repeal Obamacare was stymied in the Senate when three health care proposals were voted down. The Senate had voted to proceed to debate on a 50-50 vote with a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence, but were only able to secure 49 votes on the “skinny” repeal bill, the closest to being passed.

“And if the Republicans had gotten their way, there would have been another 30 or 32 million people thrown off health insurance,” he said. “That is crazy. What we should do is move in the direction of every other major country and guarantee health care as a right, not a privilege.”

A single-payer healthcare system has been picking up support among Democrats in recent years, with a single-payer bill in the House receiving 115 co-sponsors, almost double the amount similar efforts had last session.

In a political move, Republican Senator Steve Daines had tried to force Senate Democrats to vote for-or-against single payer last week during the most recent round of health care votes. But Democrats rejected the efforts, with none voting for it and most voting “present.” Four Democrats voted no: North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, Indiana’s Joe Donnelly and Montana’s Jon Tester. Liberal-leaning Maine Independent Angus King also voted no.

“I suspect that what Sen. Daines is doing is nothing more than an old political trick, trying to embarrass Democrats,” Sanders said before the vote. “I suspect it’s just a political game.”

Sanders previously introduced a single-payer, Medicare-for-all bill in 2013, that didn’t attract a single co-sponsor. But more Senate Democrats have spoken positively about single payer this year, with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, California Senator Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren all saying they support single-payer.

The Senate voted down a single-payer healthcare system — and there’s a specific reason Bernie Sanders opposed it

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/senate-vote-single-payer-healthcare-155038101.html

The Senate voted down a single-payer healthcare system — and there’s a specific reason Bernie Sanders opposed it

Lydia Ramsey
Business Insider
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steve daines

(Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana.AP)

In a twist that exemplifies just how wild the healthcare debate has been, on Thursday the Senate voted on a single-payer healthcare plan. Introduced by a Republican. Who doesn’t support it.

The plan, proposed as an amendment to the House bill by Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, was called the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act.

It was overwhelmingly voted down, with the 57 voting “no” and many Democrats choosing to vote “present.” There wasn’t a single “yes” vote.

The amendment was the third healthcare plan to face a key vote during the 20-hour Senate debate period. Votes on both a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and a plan to repeal the ACA without a finalized replacement have also been unsuccessful.

The amendment would have set up a virtual universal healthcare system in which all Americans would be covered through Medicare, the federal government’s health program that today covers only those who are at least 65 years old.

The intent was to try to expose which senators would vote in favor of a single-payer system.

“I do not support a single-payer system, but I believe Americans deserve to see us debate different ideas, which is why I am bringing forward this amendment,” Daines said in a statement emailed to Business Insider ahead of the vote. “It’s time for every Senator to go on the record on whether or not they support a single-payer healthcare system.”

A representative for Sen. Bernie Sanders — who has been a proponent of “Medicare for All” — called the Republican plan a “sham” and said the Democratic caucus wouldn’t be considering amendments until the final bill is out. Democrats also won’t be introducing amendments until the debate period is over.

He said in a statement:

“The process Republicans have used to try to take health insurance away from millions is a sham. The Democratic caucus will not consider amendments until we see Republicans’ final legislation and know what bill we are amending. Once Republicans show us their final bill, Sen. Sanders looks forward to getting a vote on his amendment that makes clear the Senate believes the United States must join every major country and guarantee healthcare as a right, not a privilege.”

During the debate on Thursday, Sanders called the amendment an “old political trick.”

“I hope that this is really a breakthrough,” Sanders said of the bill.

“I think this is not a time for political games,” he added.

Sanders: Senate healthcare fight ‘totally bananas’

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/344246-sanders-senate-healthcare-fight-totally-bananas

Sanders: Senate healthcare fight ‘totally bananas’

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from ObamaCare repeal’s collapseLive Coverage: Senate votes down ‘skinny’ ObamaCare repealSanders: Senate healthcare fight ‘totally bananas’MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday ripped the Senate’s current healthcare battle as “totally bananas,” accusing Republicans of upending the “regular order” of the chamber’s business.

“There has not been one public hearing on a bill that impacts one-sixth of the American economy and every single American,” Sanders said during an appearance on CNN.

“You have a process in which the bills being brought forth are opposed by the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the AARP — every major healthcare organization in America — and they’re trying to push this thing through.”

Senate Republicans voted on Tuesday to open debate on efforts to overhaul the country’s healthcare system, setting off a series of back-to-back votes on amendments.

Democrats, however, have refused to offer any amendments until a final bill is unveiled.

Senate Republicans hit another snag on Thursday, when three GOP senators said they would not vote for a so-called “skinny” repeal of the Affordable Care Act, unless the House guaranteed that a more comprehensive healthcare bill would be hammered out in conference.

The “skinny” bill repeals certain provisions of ObamaCare, such as the individual and employer insurance mandates, while leaving intact other pieces of the law, like the Medicaid expansion.

Democrats Cripple A Key Mechanism To Lower Premiums In Republican Healthcare Bill
| July 27, 2017 | 7:48 pm | Bernie Sanders, Health Care | No comments

Democrats Cripple A Key Mechanism To Lower Premiums In Republican Healthcare Bill

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The key mechanism of waivers for rules governing preexisting conditions and mandatory benefits must be passed with 60 votes, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled after a successful challenge from Senate Budget Committee Democrats.

Democrats Cripple A Key Mechanism To Lower Premiums In Republican Healthcare Bill

The key mechanism of waivers for rules governing preexisting conditions and mandatory benefits must be passed with 60 votes, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled after a successful challenge from Senate Budget Committee Democrats.

In a press release provided to PoliticusUSA, the Budget Committee Democrats explained the ruling:

The Senate parliamentarian determined Thursday that portions of Section 207, “Waivers for State Innovation,” of the Republican health care bill are not permissible under Senate rules. Notably, the part that would have amended Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to allow states to waive essential health benefits and other pre-existing condition requirements so long as their proposal does not increase the federal deficit violates the Byrd Rule.

Under current law, 1332 waivers allow states to waive certain Affordable Care Act provisions as long as they can ensure that they cover the same number of people, same level of services and same protections against high out of pocket costs.

The ranking member on the Budget Committee, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said, “The function of reconciliation is to adjust federal spending and revenue, not to enact major changes in social policy. The parliamentarian’s latest decision reveals once again that Republicans have abused the reconciliation process in an attempt to radically change one-sixth of the American economy by repealing the Affordable Care Act.”

This ruling blows a hole in the mechanism that Republicans were going to use to lower premiums. It also means that Republicans can’t use reconciliation to go it alone and do whatever they please with healthcare.

The fight is long, but details matter, and little by little Senate Democrats are chipping away at this disastrous Republican health care bill.

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced that he will challenge every single one of the side deals that Trump and Mitch McConnell cut with Republican Senators in an effort to get them to support the healthcare bill.

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced that he will challenge every single one of the side deals that Trump and Mitch McConnell cut with Republican Senators in an effort to get them to support the healthcare bill.

In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said, “Today, the Senate parliamentarian made a determination that at least a dozen provisions in the disastrous Trump-McConnell ‘health care’ bill are in violation of Senate rules and cannot be included in this bill without 60 votes. One of these provisions is the “Buffalo Bailout” that was inserted into this bill in order to secure the vote of a tiny-handful of Republican representatives from upstate New York. This is a very important ruling. What this ruling means is that side deals which benefit individual states will most likely be ruled in violation of Senate rules. As the ranking member of the Budget Committee, I will challenge any one of these state-specific provisions. We need legislation which improves the lives of people in all 50 states, not legislation which is geared to obtaining the vote of this or that Republican senator.”

The Democratic Socialism of Bernie Sanders and his supporters has been a powerful force in the health care debate. Sanders was promoted to Democratic Senate leadership exactly for moments like these. He has been able to take his grassroots energy and rally people to the Democratic cause.

If Sanders does challenge all of the side deals that Trump and McConnell cut, he will get them stripped from the bill, and support for the legislation should collapse. The final nail in Trumpcare’s coffin might come from Bernie Sanders, as the pretend capitalist owned by Putin is about to be handed a defeat by Democratic Socialist who has worked his way to national prominence from the grassroots of Vermont.
Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) used an appearance on ABC’s The View to thank every American who stood up, fought back, and refused to allow Republicans to take healthcare away from 22 million Americans.

Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) used an appearance on ABC’s The View to thank every American who stood up, fought back, and refused to allow Republicans to take healthcare away from 22 million Americans.

Sanders said, “I want to personally thank millions of Americans who stood up and fought back and said that no, we’re not going to throw 22 million people in this country off of health insurance, cut Medicaid by $800 billion, defund Planned Parenthood, make it almost impossible for people with preexisting conditions to get affordable healthcare, and the American people say we’re not going to do that and give tax breaks to billionaires and large corporations. It appears that we have won that struggle right now.”

The key words in Sanders comments were right now. Republicans and Trump aren’t going to give up on taking health care away from 22 million people. There will be another vote on a stand alone repeal bill next week. The next bill must also be defeated before the country can get the real victory of forcing Republicans to negotiate a bipartisan health care bill with Democrats that will be passed and signed into law.

Until a new bill is passed that takes Obamacare repeal off of the table, the fight must continue.

Bernie Sanders was right. None of this would be happening without the hard work of millions of Americans, but the work isn’t done, and the fight must go on.