A shift is happening in the Democrat Party. As many saw with the primaries last year, the Democrats were divided about whether to take a status quo approach or a new progressive push towards healthcare. Of course Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been in favor of universal healthcare for decades and has been vocal on the subject. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while she once was for it, was recorded saying it will “never come to pass.”
It seems this divide still exists, however more and more Democrats are signing on to support universal healthcare. Sanders has proposed a Medicare for all bill with many Senators co-signing the proposition. This includes influential senators including Californian Senator Kamala Harris, Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren, and New Jersey’s Corey Booker.
This is an important issue and the shift of attitudes in the Democrat party is exciting. As we all know the Republicans could not get their terrible healthcare bill through. At the moment Obamacare has not been repealed, because the replacement would have left millions of people without care. The problem is Obamacare does not cover everyone as it is and for those on minimum wage, the payments are devastating.
President Donald Trump was furious when he could not pass the repeal of Obamacare as a result of fellow Republican John McCain.
In response to Sander’s latest bill he just tweeted these:
…I told Republicans to approve healthcare fast or this would happen. But don't worry, I will veto because I love our country & its people.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
Trump flip flops. In the past he has been for single-payer. When he met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this year, he even praised the health system in Australia (which is a Medicare for all universal system). Now he is vehemently opposed.
Sanders wants people to understand healthcare is a right. Everyone deserves it. He is also trying to present it in a way where it is not seen as radical. The United States is the richest country on Earth and yet it is one of the only industrialized nations to not have universal healthcare for all citizens.
Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the country. He is popular for his progressive policies. The tide may be turning and the Democrats who are supporting this bill will be on the right side of history.
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