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Kamala Harris to Back Single Payer Bill
During a town hall with constituents this week, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) became the first Democrat to officially go on the record as a co-sponsor of the single payer healthcare bill that will be put forth in September by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“Here, I’ll break some news: I intend to co-sponsor the Medicare-for-all bill, because it’s just the right thing to do,” Harris said.
Harris is a new face for the Democrats, but quickly becoming one of the party’s most popular and recognizable figures. There are rumblings that she may throw her name in the arena for the party’s 2020 presidential primary.
“This is about understanding, again, that health care should be a right, not a privilege. And it’s also about being smart,” Harris said. “It is so much better that people have meaningful access to affordable health care at every stage of life, from birth on. Because the alternative is that we as taxpayers otherwise are paying huge amounts of money for them to get their health care in an emergency room. So it’s not only about what is morally and ethically right, it also makes sense from a fiscal standpoint, or if you want to talk about it as a return on investment for taxpayers.”
Sanders tweeted his gratitude when the news hit:
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 30, 2017
Healthcare has become a flashpoint during the early days of the Trump administration. The failed attempts by Congress to pass Trumpcare, which would have been disastrous for most Americans, shows that the issue is one that people across the nation, regardless of party affiliation, tend to agree on. During her campaign, Hillary Clinton spoke of single payer as a pipe dream that is good in theory, but something that would never actually make it through Congress.
It looks as though Sanders and Harris are poised to put that notion to the test.