U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, the subject of 2020 presidential speculation, is reviewing the measure, an aide said. But it's a touchstone for the Democratic Party's liberal, activist base.
He released his bill, which he calls Medicare for All, hours after the Census Bureau said the proportion of uninsured Americans fell to 8.8 percent a year ago, the lowest figure on record.
"Health care for all is not only a moral issue, it is an economic issue", said the Vermont independent lawmaker, standing with a number of Democratic co-sponsors, including Warren, to unveil the bill. Consumers also would no longer owe out-of-pocket expenses like deductibles. It would cover the 28 million Americans remaining uninsured despite Obama's law.
It is warped, but what the President is arguing is that taking health care away from people is the American way, and he is promising that as long as he is president, there will be no universal access to health care. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was short two notable Democrats: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, The Hillreported.
Bernie Sanders unveiled his Medicare for All bill yesterday amid steadily growing Democratic support for single-payer health care - including from Bay State U.S. Sens Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey - but offered few details about how his plan would be funded. Chris Murphy of CT and Ohio's Sherrod Brown. "We will defend it at every turn, but we will go further".More news: Race relations headlines meeting between Scott, Trump
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Seven weeks after the GOP drive to uproot Obama's 2010 health care law crashed in the Senate, two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of SC and Louisiana's Bill Cassidy, were releasing their plan for trying again. It would cut and reshape Medicaid, disperse money spent under Obama's law directly to states and erase Obama's penalties on people who don't purchase coverage. "Keep fighting", Graham said.
In addition to the Sanders and Graham-Cassidy proposals, a bipartisan effort is under way in the Senate health committee to fix Obamacare without repealing it, by protecting subsidies that are paid to insurance companies to help offset discounts under the program. The Republican leader is not expected to bring Sanders' proposal to the Senate floor for a vote. Conservatives are wary because the bill falls short in erasing Obama's wide-ranging coverage requirements. Neither is likely going anywhere soon. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., hope to reach a deal on continuing for at least a year the federal payments to insurers that Trump has threatened to halt.
Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, one of the plan's authors, said he was not ready to give up the long-held Republican goal of repealing Obamacare despite a stunning failure to muster enough votes within the party this summer to kill the law.
McConnell said the Alexander-Murray talks "are underway and we'll see where they go".