Bernie Sanders is hosting a 90-minute online town hall from Capitol Hill tonight on Medicare-for-All. It breaks down into 3 parts; the current state of health care in the country, the possible economic impacts of single-payer and the way universal health care works in other countries. Five years ago, not one senator signed on to co-sponsor Sanders 2013-issue Medicare-for-All bill. Sharp contrast this year, after Sanders’ rise in the 2016 primary stunned party establishment leaders who promoted Hillary Clinton – who once owned the national healthcare issue – through to primary win only to see her lose in November of 2016. In September, sixteen U.S. senators signed on a co-sponsors of his Medicare-for-All bill, with hundreds of people crowding in for the press conference announcement. Sanders’ Senate co-sponsors now include 2020 short-listers Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, who can all see the writing on the wall: Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in America, and the majority of Americans support a single payer system. That may not last. For now, Sanders’ is going to use his ability to connect with voters to try to repair the Democratic Party and stem some of the damage Republicans are doing.
I haven’t heard that Cory Booker will be with Sanders in tonight’s online Town Hall. But I’d be happy to see him show up.
“For the first time in American history we will be holding a nationally televised town meeting on Medicare for all. The United States is the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people, but amazingly there has not been one network town hall to discuss why our system lags so far behind every other industrialized country. We are going outside the traditional media to change that, to talk about the real issues affecting the American people.”