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The Co-Sponsors of Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Are A Who’s-Who Of 2020 Hopefuls

Healthcare 2020

This morning the office of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his Medicare for All Act of 2017, new universal healthcare legislation that so far claims 15 Democratic co-sponsors in the Senate, many of whom are considered contenders for the 2020 presidency.

Yesterday evening Sander’s office quoted Pope Francis in a tweet, saying: “Health is not a consumer good but a universal right, so access to health services cannot be a privilege.”

In a recent interview, Sanders explained that this is the direction the country has to go. “Right now, if we want to move away from a dysfunctional, wasteful, bureaucratic system into a rational health-care system that guarantees coverage to everyone in a cost-effective way, the only way to do it is Medicare for All,” he said.

Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota said yesterday in a Facebook statement that he would support Sanders’ bill, saying that it serves as a starting point to reach the goal of universal healthcare: “I’ve always believed that health care is a right for all Americans—not a privilege—and that every person in our country deserves access to the care they need.”

Today I am announcing that I am cosponsoring Sen. Bernie Sanders’ "Medicare for All" bill.Like Paul Wellstone, I’ve…

Posted by U.S. Senator Al Franken on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

 

Many of the supporters are Democratic senators considering their candidacy for the presidency in 2020, including Kamala Harris (California), Cory Booker (New Jersey), Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), and Kirsten Gillibrand (New York).

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