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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY on Tuesday became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the "Medicare for all" bill sponsored by Sen.

One of the most important political trends of the last couple of decades is what is often referred to as "asymmetric polarization", which means that while Democrats were getting more liberal, Republicans were getting much, much more conservative. Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez hedged Tuesday when asked about the growing momentum around Sanders' bill. "I think health care should be a right to all", Booker said in the interview. In doing so, he joined Sens.

Overall, 10 Senate Democrats have publicly backed Sanders' proposal.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pushing back hard against a claim from his one-time rival Hillary Clinton that he deliberately undercut her with party voters. "We do. It's important though that that health care be patient-centered and not government-centered".

The idea of health care for all helped fuel Sanders' surprisingly strong presidential campaign.

On Sept. 7, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Kristen Gillibrand, all of whom are considered moderates, have signed onto Sanders' bill.

"Speaking for myself, this is the kind of massive change that requires serious and thoughtful consideration: hearings, town halls, SCORE, " Himes said, referring to the scoring typically done by the Congressional Budget Office that determines how much a piece of legislation will cost and what the impact will be.

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Sanders is expected to roll out his proposal for single-payer as early as Wednesday. "Families don't have to bear the costs of heartbreaking medical disasters on their own".

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I've seen estimates as high as $3 trillion, and that's before you get into the question of who's making your health care decisions for you. "We should have Medicare for all in this country". "This is something that's got to happen". Despite U.S. insurance companies' misleading ads, the Canadian system is also very popular. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), meanwhile, is moving forward with a separate bill that would allow American consumers and business to buy into the Medicare system.

Within the past several months, however, so many prominent Democrats have come out in favor of single-payer health care that the bait-and-switch theory is beginning to seem less fanciful. Among Democrats, the notion entices 63 percent support.

Sanders bill would in effect expand Medicare to cover all Americans, not just the elderly.