Bernie Sanders puts focus on healthcare with Medicare for All bill

Reuters | April 11, 2019

Bernie Sanders puts focus on healthcare with Medicare for All bill
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled the latest version of his ambitious “Medicare-for-All” plan on Wednesday, moving the healthcare debate among Democratic presidential contenders to center stage in the 2020 race. The Sanders plan, similar to his 2017 proposal that languished in the Senate, would largely eliminate private insurance and shift all Americans into a Medicare-based government-run healthcare plan that Republicans have criticized as too costly and radical. The bill has 14 Democratic co-sponsors in the Senate, including four of his presidential rivals - Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren. The other White House contender in the Senate, Amy Klobuchar, supports universal healthcare and expanding Medicare but has not committed to plans that would eliminate private insurance.

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Local government and business leaders urged Congress to find a way to avoid the sequester that will go into effect on March 1 unless action is taken.

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Local government and business leaders urged Congress to find a way to avoid the sequester that will go into effect on March 1 unless action is taken.

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