Sen. Bernie Sanders says he is "not naive" and expects to lose, but the Senate on Wednesday will debate for the first time in American history a proposal to create a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care system, according to statements from the Vermont independent's office.
Under Sanders' amendment, the single payer system would be regulated and funded by the federal government through a payroll tax and an income tax, but it would be administered by the states. The amendment starts from the premise that health care is a human right, and that every citizen, rich or poor, should have access to health care, just as every citizen has access to the fire department, the police, or public schools, supporters say.
"In my view, the single-payer approach is the only way we will ever have a cost-effective, comprehensive health care system in this country," says Sanders.
Grrrrr. Gee thanks, Bernie. We know that.
Maybe the so-called health care legislation we're going to get will be so bad that single-payer will look a lot better after a while. Perhaps shortly after the nation is flat broke and destitute and Lieberman's clients have all the money.