WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled his “Medicare-for-all” healthcare plan Wednesday, alongside more than a dozen Democratic colleagues, including several potential 2020 presidential hopefuls.
Absent from Sanders’ policy proposal that has been long-relegated to the fringe of the Democratic Party were members of the Democratic leadership, many of whom have kept their distance from the healthcare overhaul.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declined to endorse Sanders’ plan during a press conference on Tuesday, noting that “there are are many different bills out there,” including “many good ones.”
“We want to move the issue forward,” Schumer said. “We’re looking at all of these.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told The Washington Post in an interview Tuesday that she does not think support for single-payer healthcare should be a “litmus test” in the Democratic Party. She added that the Democrats’ goal is to “have as many people as possible, everybody, covered, and I think that’s something that we all embrace.”
Pelosi also said defending the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was the primary goal because “none of these things, whether it’s Bernie’s or others, can really prevail unless we protect the Affordable Care Act.”
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics