Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) surprised some folks in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” on Sunday. He said that the Democratic Party will consider proposing a single-payer health insurance system.
“We’re going to look at broader things [for the nation’s health care system]. Single-payer is one of them,” he said to ABC News chief anchor Stephanopoulos. Schumer, the Senate minority leader, added, “Many things are on the table. Medicare for people above 55 is on the table. A buy-in to Medicare is on the table. Buy-in to Medicaid is on the table.”
Schumer also addressed the Senate Republican’s health care plan. He referenced the vote that will happen this week and said that their bill is “rotten to the core.” He doesn’t believe their vote will pass.
The New York senator previewed his party’s new economic agenda that will be rolled out on Monday, calling it “a better deal.”
“This is sharp, bold and will appeal to both the old Obama coalition and the Democratic voters who deserted us for [Donald] Trump,” Schumer said.
According to the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, only 37 percent of Americans when asked say the Democratic Party “stands for something,” while 52 percent believe that the party stands only for opposing President Trump.
Schumer continued to surprise some by stating that the Democrats made a mistake in the 2016 presidential elections by not making clear what they represent. “The No. 1 thing we did wrong is we didn’t tell people what we stood for,” the senator said. “When you lose an election, you look yourself in the mirror and say, ‘What did we do wrong?’”
This new economic agenda, “a better deal,” is an effort to develop a plan for the country that is not “left or right” but for everyone, Schumer said. He continued saying that this plan is “just the beginning,” and noted, “Week after week, month after month, we’re going to roll out specific pieces here that are quite different than the Democratic Party you heard in the past.”
Are you surprised by how direct Schumer is being? Do you think “a better deal” will be successful?
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