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Jun 27 2017
04:37 pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says it’s time for Democrats to run on single-payer health care across the country.

President Barack Obama “tried to move us forward with health care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” Warren, referring to Mitt Romney, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Tuesday.

“Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer,” she said.

HuffPo: Elizabeth Warren calls for Democrats to embrace single-payer Health Care

Also WaPo: Whatever happens, the GOP is bringing us a whole lot closer to single payer (Opinion)

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Treehouse's picture

I love that bill

any chance of being discussed?

R. Neal's picture

I think it was introduced

I think it was introduced about 10 years ago. Maybe more.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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It's true that H.R.676 has been around a while (don't know for how long), but what I've been pointing out as I've repeatedly shared it this week is that it now bears 113 co-sponsors. What's "new" about it is that so many more reps are now on board.

To my knowledge, Sanders hasn't yet introduced his companion bill in the Senate. I'm curious to see what kind of support it may now be able to muster there.

As Warren observes, the issue is increasingly ripe.

R. Neal's picture

My point was that it has been

My point was that it has been around a while but never seriously debated or voted on that I know of.

With the president, the majority in Congress, and even the Supreme Court now desperately trying to go in the opposite direction, it's unlikely to get a hearing any time soon.

Hell, Democrats wouldn't even discuss it when they had the chance.

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That may well be what Warren means in her quote that it's now "time for Democrats to run on single-payer," as in "it's time to elect the people we can depend on just to start that debate." And as in "nobody here presently will start it."

But this volume of bill co-sponsors in the House is indicative of momentum and this seeming confirmation from Warren that she will back Sanders' bill in the Senate (or introduce her own?) is also indicative of momentum, I think (she had been noncommittal).

And the GOP is giving us sooo much help, too!

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