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Sullivan writes: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Monday that he thinks a new health-care plan from a Democratic think tank shows that the party is moving toward his position on health care."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)


Bernie Sanders: New Health-Care Plan Shows Dems Moving Toward 'Medicare for All'

By Peter Sullivan, The Hill

06 March 18

 

en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Monday that he thinks a new health-care plan from a Democratic think tank shows that the party is moving toward his position on health care.

Asked if he thinks the plan from the Center for American Progress (CAP), which comes very close to Sanders’s signature idea of "Medicare for all," shows the Democratic Party is moving his way, Sanders told The Hill, "Yes, I do."

The plan released by CAP, a group with close ties to Sanders’s former primary opponent Hillary Clinton, is not quite single-payer in that it still allows for employer-based insurance as an option. But it otherwise provides Medicare for all people, something very close to Sanders's vision and a leftward shift from previous major Democratic plans.

Sanders alluded to the fact that the CAP plan does not go as far as his own, but called it a "step."

He pressed his calls for universal coverage and said "I think that the most cost-effective way to do that is by expanding Medicare, eliminating the private insurance companies, and then saving tremendous amounts of money in administrative costs."

"I believe in a Medicare for all, single-payer, but to the degree that people are talking about guaranteeing health care to all people, it's a step."

The CAP plan, called Medicare Extra for All, provides for a government-run health insurance plan modeled off Medicare for all, with the exception of those who choose to remain in employer-based coverage.

That is further than previous plans from Clinton or former President Obama, which largely called for a government-run "public option" that would compete alongside private insurers.


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+45 # Benign Observer 2018-03-06 12:24
Here would be a good scenario: the Democratic Party, trying to take the wind out of Sanders' sails, wins big in November, carrying along a number of progressives in their ranks, and they give us some kind of insurance improvement, repeal the tax bill and make sure Trump gets nothing but grief for two years; then, Sanders surges anyway and we sweep him in as POTUS, where we finally convert to expanded Medicare for All, end these wars and begin to rebuild this country from the grassroots up -- united.
 
 
+19 # JJS 2018-03-06 17:11
Ben,
I’d go a little further and say Dems win both houses of Congress, impeach and convict Trump and Pence, then Patrick Leahy becomes POTUS. He appoints Bernie VP, then steps down to keep Vermont stable. Bernie become POTUS and appoints Elizabeth Warren VP. The heavens part, God looks down and proclaims, “It is good!”
 
 
+7 # lfeuille 2018-03-06 20:29
How do you come up with Patrick Leahy as POTUS? He is a senator and will not be a candidate for speaker of the house.
 
 
-2 # JJS 2018-03-07 11:14
Whoops, I skipped right over Nancy Pelosi and went right for #4, the President pro tempore. Do you think she would go for that?
 
 
+26 # librarian1984 2018-03-06 15:08
I don't think of Sanders as wearing rose-colored glasses but I'd say this is a generous interpretation of what CAP is trying to do.
 
 
+5 # economagic 2018-03-06 18:47
Agreed, but Sanders himself has always been far too generous to his adopted party. And at the same time, I do not consider "The Hill"--either the .com or from the east side of D*** City--a reliable source of credible information.
 
 
+16 # Texas Aggie 2018-03-06 18:31
While it is definitely true, judging by surveys and questionnaires, that Democrats are moving toward single payer, the same thing doesn't apply to the PTB, aka DNC. Those people are owned by the plutocrats and have absolutely no intention whatsoever of letting actual people have nice things if it inconveniences the plutocrats in any way whatsoever. Exhibit A the recent vote to let Wall St. stick it to us again.

The last recession was just for practice. The one that is coming will be the real thing.
 
 
+14 # banichi 2018-03-06 19:47
It' something, yes. But I really don't believe that the Democratic Party - most particularly Hillary Clinton - will ever really commit to anything truly progressive. There will be a way to back out, water it down, prevent it from being enforced, you name it. It's all for show, just like it has been for the last 20+ years. The Dems are only concerned with how it looks to their big donors, who don't want anything to restric the flow of money into their pockets. Let's be clear; big money donors INVEST, they don't do anything that would threaten what they perceive as their own best interests. And the Party as a whole is wedded to the system as it is, which is shoveling money into their pockets, while doing as little as they have to in order to be able to tell the voters they doing the best they can.

Bernie Sanders demonstrated that it is possible to fund a major election only with small donations, and if not for the blatant favoritism and rigging of the primary to ensure that Clinton got to be the candidate, he might well have won. So when the Dems, and a group with "close ties to the Clinton campaign" at that, proposes to do something that approaches Medicare for All (single payer by any other name) and put a number of insurance companies out of business, it is well to remember how hollow Hillary Clinton's "public positions" were about anything progressive, leading up to the Democratic convention.

I love Bernie, but I don't buy this for a minute.
 
 
+4 # boredlion 2018-03-06 20:17
Nobody is asking you to 'buy' it. Just support it or don't. Or propose something better.

As have practiced the French, the Germans ,the Canadians, Swedes, Danes, Norwegians, Finns, Swiss, British, Russians, etc. . . For decades!
 
 
-2 # Robbee 2018-03-07 09:49
Quoting banichi 2018-03-06 19:47:
It' something, yes. But I really don't believe that the Democratic Party - most particularly Hillary Clinton - will ever really commit to anything truly progressive.

- not another effing "true progressive"?

the good is not the enemy of the perfect!

the progressive is not the enemy of the "true progressive"!

hillary is not the enemy of equal pay for women, gun safety measures, immigrants, so on and so forth to infinity!

your prejudices do not define hillary! she defines herself! hillary was never all bad, and your prejudice cannot veer her so!

other than voting for hillary in the general, because she was better than dickhead and had many, many progressive positions that might be achievable despite a repuke congress - something no other candidate offered - i did not support hillary and pray she never runs again - for decades she has drawn the wrath of conservatives everywhere, as public enemy #1, and hating on hillary is in conservatives' dna - as for getting elected prez, a socialist might have a better chance?

i'm sick of self-styled "true progressives" hating on other progressives! particularly ones who self-fulling prophesy that other progressives are beyond hope of persuasion! - fuck off!

the shortest path to progress lies not thru putin's russia, as several here propose, but thru the dem party!

"Next time, we must resolve to MAKE OUR VOTE COUNT!" - (caps in original) - bernie
 
 
+9 # wantrealdemocracy 2018-03-06 20:04
CAP is not single payer health care for all without any of our funds going to the profits of the insurance companies. 85% of the people want this. That is one hell of a number of people who will not be pleased with the small step the Dems are putting forward. It is not enough. We want SINGLE PAYER FOR ALL.
 
 
+6 # librarian1984 2018-03-07 09:29
wrd, I disagree with you on some things but applaud your bravery in being unapologeticall y pro-Trump on this site. So I'm curious. Are you sincere in wanting single payer for all?

Is this an issue that could get us to work together against corporate interests?
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2018-03-06 20:35
I say this is a rather too optimistic outlook. I think is plan is a Trojan horse meant to dilute support for single payer which is the only way to achieve universal health. "Universal Coverage" is really a meaningless phrase. Too many will still not be able to afford it.
 
 
+4 # DongiC 2018-03-06 22:08
It's time for Progressives and a Medicare for all is just about right. Let Hillary and Bill get out of the way to true progress and stop restricting the general welfare of all. They have both done enough damage to the poor and oppressed in favor of helping their wealthy friends. Hopefully, the Clinton sun is starting to set.
 
 
+9 # librarian1984 2018-03-07 09:59
Amen! Now we need to flush out and get rid of their neoliberal adherents. The party needs to move left. In the face of years of deprivation and austerity growing numbers of voters from both parties want populist change. If we don't want it to go fascist we need it to go progressive.

The fact neoliberals are clinging to power is hurting the party, which needs to embrace FDR values -- loudly, clearly and often.
 
 
-2 # Robbee 2018-03-07 10:01
Quoting DongiC:
It's time for Progressives and a Medicare for all is just about right. Let Hillary and Bill get out of the way to true progress and stop restricting the general welfare of all. They have both done enough damage to the poor and oppressed in favor of helping their wealthy friends. Hopefully, the Clinton sun is starting to set.

- again with the "true" progress?

if there’s no difference between parties? how come dems never come up with crap like repeal aca? how come dems fight for chip, medicaid, medicare, social security, black lives, me too, equal pay, choice, immigrants, marijuana, lgbtq, free college, single payer, family leave, a living minimum wage, EPA. CDC, science, Puerto Rico, free press, free market, free speech, bank regs, clean air & water, no arctic drilling, hike taxes on the rich (3x under barak), justices on scotus who would reverse “citizens united” for bmillionaires, gun safety measures, a prez who is not a dickhead, renewable fuel, so forth?

or is that too much to ask here on rsn? whatsa matta? are differences over such matters too small to care?

- we had our last clear shot at escaping dickhead in nov. 2016 - AND WHIFFED!

“never hillary!” = “dickhead forever!”

don’t it always seem to go?
that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone? - j. mitchell

“we have seen the enemy! and they are us! - pogo

"Next time, we must resolve to MAKE OUR VOTE COUNT!" - (caps in original) - bernie
 
 
0 # Benign Observer 2018-03-07 12:15
I don't see Democrats fighting for ANY of those things, a@k.

Go read the article about sixteen Democrats voting to pass bank deregulation. There have been a number of recent votes in which Ds helped Rs pass bad legislation.

Read about the DNC purging progressives.

Read about the DCCC publicly attacking progressive candidates -- which just backfired in TX, by the way.

Read about CA Dems with a supermajority sabotaging Medicare for All.

You obviously aren't a progressive, and your idiocy turns people off to establishment Democrats too. So who exactly are you working for, comrade?
 
 
0 # Robbee 2018-03-08 09:18
Quoting Benign Observer:
I don't see Democrats fighting for ANY of those things

- no one can MAKE you see what you refuse to!

where's your senior tag-team comrade on this, comrade?

does rr dare let b o handle "Bernie Sanders: New Health-Care Plan Shows Dems Moving Toward 'Medicare for All'" - all by yourself?
 
 
-1 # PCPrincess 2018-03-08 11:28
"Dickhead" was a necessity. Once it became clear that the Democrats would once again sell out half of Americans for the lobbyists and the donating class, it became necessary to 'wake' up the voting public. Look - people in poverty always hurt. The Republicans make them hurt worse, but they always hurt, and until enough people hurt, other than the poorest Americans, then the voting populace will continue to treat elections as they did in high school, like a popularity contest.

"Dickhead" was necessary to ensure that many people truly understand the consequences of our electoral system, become engaged enough to start learning what each of the two corrupt parties really represent and start taking action. "Dickhead" is actually spurring progressivism in this country. Yes, he sucks that bad.
 
 
+1 # PCPrincess 2018-03-09 00:06
Wow really? People do not agree that progressivism is surging due to the absolute crap that the Trump administration is putting forth? There is no dispute that progressive forces are mounting due to his presidency. So, if that is not the reason for the red marks, why else would people flag my post? The truth is uncomfortable? Are there people here at RSN flagging posts for unethical reasons? Or, even worse, are people choosing to flag a post not based on logic or reason, or truth, but due to some intrinsic immature rationale?
 

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