All: The American people don’t want it. Speaker Pelosi knows it’s a political loser. And yet, WaPo reports this morning that now more than half of House Democrats officially support a plan that would abolish private health insurance, cost $32 trillion, and force more than 158 million Americans to surrender care that they like.
Another way of putting it: if you support the idea of private health insurance, you are now in the minority of their caucus.
Washington Post: More Than Half Of House Democrats Now Support Medicare-For-All
By Paige Winfield Cunningham – September 6, 2019
More than half of all House Democrats now support Medicare-for-all, but that’s not likely to prompt Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow a vote on the floor.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the chamber’s No. 5 Democrat, signed on to the bill from Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) this week. He’s the 118th House member and the second-highest-ranking Democrat to back the legislation — showing the party’s growing aspirations to scrap much of the U.S. health-care system in favor of a single Medicare-like plan for everyone.
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Lujan, the House’s No. 4 Democrat, has also co-sponsored Jayapal’s bill. But getting a thumbs-up from Jeffries is perhaps more significant, considering he’s viewed as a likely successor to Pelosi. In his announcement, Jeffries said Congress should first focus on improving the Affordable Care Act — but that Medicare-for-all is a worthy goal lawmakers should keep in their sights.
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