Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is an advocate of single-payer health care, but he is no longer the single player in the political effort. California Senator Kamala Harris (D) announced on Wednesday that she would support Sanders “Medicare for All” legislation. This bill would institute a single-payer health insurance system.
“I intend to co-sponsor the ‘Medicare for All’ bill because it’s just the right thing to do,” Harris announced Wednesday at a town hall in Oakland, California. “It’s not just about what is morally and ethically right; it also makes sense just from a fiscal standpoint,” she said.
Bernie Sanders said earlier in the week that he was building support for his “Medicare for All” bill. “You’re seeing more and more movement toward ‘Medicare for All,” Sanders said. “When the people are saying we need health care for everyone, as more and more Americans come on board, it will become politically possible.”
In July, Senator Harris said that she supported the single-payer bill “in concept,” but she also said that lawmakers needed to “work out the details.” Those details must now be worked out.
Sanders tweeted a “thank you” to Harris on Wednesday saying, “Thank you, Kamala Harris, for your support. Let’s make health care a right, not a privilege.”
Credit: The Hill