Manchin clarifies that he is 'skeptical' of single payer system

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". Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and even former vice president Joe Biden. Till now it has tempted three senators considered as Presidential aspirants: Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey mentioned that they will promote the bill. The bill, which is backed by almost every big Democratic Party‬ name in the Senate, comes on the heals of several failures of the Republican Party to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump.

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. Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, and Warren are all rumored to be plotting presidential runs in 2020. Vox added last week Murphy "casts his bill as an on-ramp to single-payer". A Pew survey from last June shows only 33% support the idea of single payer.

Perez held a press conference Tuesday with CASA in Action, a nonprofit organization that supports "Latinos and immigrants in Maryland and Virginia" and often endorses progressive candidates.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns amid reports of likely cabinet reshuffle
Janata Dal (United), which recently joined the ruling National Democratic Alliance, is likely to get a berth in the new Cabinet. He said on Thursday that he will not be occupying the Defence Minister post for long, hinting at the imminent reshuffle.

Still, single-payer is gaining traction among Democrats.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is not giving up on his desire to extend Medicare to all Americans.

This is a great debate for health care advocates to have - it'll matter a great deal the next time Democrats are in power - and it's a reminder that in the wake of the 2016 elections, Democrats en masse have rejected calls to move the party to the right. "I think, right now, he wants to be the rational and reasonable voice of the progressive wing of the Democratic party". Kirsten Gillibrand has signed on to co-sponsor the legislation. "It's the best way to ensure that every American finally has access to quality, affordable health care". On the other hand, when they offered reasons to support single payer (it would guarantee universal coverage, it would save administrative costs), support climbed as high as 72 percent. Just past year, Hillary Clinton dismissed single-payer as "a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass". The legislation comes in light of uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama's healthcare law that continues to be in the crosshairs of congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump.

  • Michelle Webb