Top Senate Dem stops short of embracing ‘Medicare for All’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat has stopped short of fully endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” plan, calling it one of several proposals his party is advancing to strengthen health care.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made the comments to reporters Thursday. Asked about the presidential candidate’s plan, Schumer says Democrats are united in improving health care, lowering costs and creating universal coverage.
He says, “Different Democrats have different ways to get there.”
Sanders formally introduced his latest version of the plan on Wednesday.
It would replace job-based and individual private health insurance with a government-run system guaranteeing coverage for all. There would be no premiums or deductibles and only minimal copays for certain services.
It is unclear how much Sanders’ plan would cost or how it would be financed.