Democrat leaders do not support Sanders' Medicare-for-All plan

Despite gaining support from 16 Democratic colleagues on his single-payer bill, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was short two notable Democrats: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, The Hill reported. 

Though the party leaders have supported single-payer healthcare in the past, they are now putting their focus on the ACA, according to the report. The Hill suggests this is to cater to both liberals and more centrist voters who may have backed President Donald Trump during the 2016 election. Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer may also be shying away from the new bill as they seek to fix issues with the ACA, which they have supported for more than seven years, according to the report. 

Mr. Sanders introduced a Medicare-for-All bill in the Senate Wednesday, dubbed the Medicare for All Act of 2017. A similar bill is in the House, according to The Hill. 

 

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