Hillary Clinton Strikes at Bernie Sanders Again, Complains About His Supporters' Attacks

Vermont Senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at the Our Revolution Massachusetts Rally at the Orpheum Theatre

Besides Blumenthal, others who have said they will support Sanders' effort include Sen. A poll by the Pew Research Center in January showed that 60 percent of Americans thought the government had a responsibility to provide healthcare coverage for everyone, a jump from only 51 percent the year before.

"We've made tremendous strides in expanding access to health care across our nation, but many Americans still are rightfully frustrated by the cost and complexity of our current system".

Politically, the "Medicare for All" legislation gives Democrats a chance to present a strong contrast to President Donald Trump and other Republicans who spent much of the year trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The pathetic Republican Congress has failed to repeal ObamaCare, and now Democrats think the body politic is ready to go full socialist. Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota say they prefer to improve the existing health care law, not scrap it. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), becoming the latest Democrat floated as a 2020 contender to back the legislation.

This is a great debate for health care advocates to have - it'll matter a great deal the next time Democrats are in power - and it's a reminder that in the wake of the 2016 elections, Democrats en masse have rejected calls to move the party to the right.

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Baucus led the Senate Finance Committee during ObamaCare talks and acknowledged he opposed single-payer at the time, because it was "branded as socialistic by too many people". And I think that the vast majority of the American people would hope not. He joins fellow Democrats Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., in support of Sanders' legislation.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) said Tuesday that Congress should explore a single-payer health care system, but later clarified he remains "skeptical" that it is the "right solution". The Urban Institute released a study past year showing that Sanders' extreme health care plan would cost $32 trillion over a ten-year period.

At least eight Senate Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors of the Sanders bill, dubbed Medicare for All. Both Vermont and California have backed away from single-payer plans because of the cost and other complications of implementing them.

Is there an opposition party competent enough to stop them? "It's awesome... That now will mean that the conversation about single payer, Medicare-for-all is at the heart of the Democratic Party". "We do. It's important though that that health care be patient-centered and not government-centered". But he just kept going, and he and his followers' attacks on me kept getting more and more personal, despite him asking me not to attack him personally.

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