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.”
Doctors, hospitals, and insurers have come together to fight the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill was passed yesterday in the House of Representatives despite the unity of these groups, who all issued statements condemning the House's move.
“The bill passed by the House today will result in millions of Americans losing access to quality, affordable health insurance and those with pre-existing health conditions face the possibility of going back to the time when insurers could charge them premiums that made access to coverage out of the question,” American Medical Association President Andrew W. Gurman, MD, said.
Approve the American Health Care Act today or President Donald Trump will move on to other priorities. That's the message the administration gave Republicans in the House of Representatives during a closed-door meeting Thursday night.
No one knows whether Trump's threat to leave Obamacare in place is a negotiation tactic to get House conservatives on board or a true threat. But after the House delayed the vote yesterday because they did not have the votes to pass their plan, the president has lost patience.