Senate Democrats are racing to pledge their support for a single-payer health care bill set to be introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) this week. But in conversations with lawmakers, the momentum that seems so evident behind the bill is complicated by fear the party may not be honestly reckoning with other political realities. Roughly a third of the Senate’s Democrats have announced their support for Sanders’ Medicare for All bill, which is set to be introduced on Wednesday. It’s a remarkable swelling of support for the concept—one that exemplifies Democrats’ evolution into a more progressive, populist party in the age of both Donald Trump and, to a certain degree, Obamacare. A Vermont Democratic Socialist has become the primary policy driver of a political party to which he does not belong. But the likelihood of Sanders’ bill passing remains not just slim, but negligible. And there is mounting concern within Democratic leadership that the expectation for legislative action could outpace their comfort in pushing such a proposal. Take Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s noncommittal reaction to the marquee issue: “There are many different bills out there. There are many good ones,” he said on Tuesday. Support for Sanders’ bill has… Read full this story
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