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Sanders offers bill to expand Medicare to all

15 September 2017

In an animated, campaign-style rally, Sen.

Senators on Wednesday rolled out competing plans for the nation's health care system, with a group of GOP senators making a last, long-shot effort to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and independent Sen. Census Bureau data this week showed the proportion of people lacking policies falling to 8.8 percent past year under "Obamacare", the lowest level ever recorded, but he called it an "international disgrace" that not all Americans have coverage.

Sanders' team has acknowledged that a Republican-controlled Congress and GOP administration will nearly certainly never consider such legislation. Trump's tweets are straight out of the playbook that Republicans plan to use against Bernie Sanders if he ever wins the Democratic presidential nomination.

The White House issued the statement after Graham used a news conference to urge Trump to "pick up the phone" and round up support from governors.

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Republicans' last attempt in July to overturn Obamacare fell one vote short in the Senate in a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Tell them this matters to you, that you weren't kidding about repealing and replacing Obamacare, that you actually meant it".

"I think in a democracy, we should be doing what the American people want", Sanders said, citing polls showing growing support for the concept. The government already guarantees health care to anyone over age 65 through the program.

Sanders' bill won't go anywhere with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling Congress. Sanders caucuses with Democrats and unexpectedly gave Hillary Clinton a tough run for the party's presidential nomination a year ago.

In an interview, Sanders said Tuesday that his measure would most likely be paid for in a "progressive way".

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Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled yesterday the latest version of his plan to expand Medicare to cover all Americans. Cory Booker, D-NJ, lined up behind the independent's plan.

The notion was submerged as Obama enacted his overhaul, which boosted federal spending and set coverage requirements but left much of the existing private system in place. Potential candidates Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Kamala Harris of California also attended the event. Aides said it would probably be financed by income-adjusted premiums people would pay the government, ranging from no premiums for the poorest Americans to high levies on the rich and corporations. And they'd no longer owe out-of-pocket expenses like deductibles. Sanders says most people and employers would save money.

Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, one of the plan's authors, said he was not ready to give up the long-held Republican goal of repealing Obamacare despite a stunning failure to muster enough votes within the party this summer to kill the law. Copayments would be allowed for prescription drugs. It would provide block grants to states to help individuals pay for health coverage.

"The idea that the Republican party has done its best to repeal and replace Obamacare is a joke", said Graham, who was joined by fellow Republican Bill Cassidy in the effort.

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With Democrats all opposed, that gives Republicans barely two weeks to succeed.

Sanders offers bill to expand Medicare to all