Max Baucus (D-MT) said last week that he also supports a single-payer system. More importantly, a large percentage of Americans strongly oppose the idea.
Whitehouse is a member of the Senate's health committee.
Senator Sanders thanked Merkley for his support.
But if a Democrat wins the White House in 2020, it now seems very likely he or she will have promised to pursue single-payer as president.
Booker is not the only high-profile Democratic senator to announce his support for the plan. Sen.
Sen. Bernie Sanders has long supported universal health care coverage.
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"I am skeptical that single-payer is the right solution, but I believe that the Senate should carefully consider all of the options through regular order so that we can fully understand the impacts of these ideas on both our people and our economy", Manchin said in a statement Tuesday. "Sen. Sanders, myself, and some others are going to be announcing some legislation this week along with some of my other colleagues". All three are speculative candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Working Families Party national director Dan Cantor told CNN, "In the end, the biggest impact of the Republicans' attack on health care may be this: It has strengthened the resolve of many, many Americans to fight for health care for all". "I think healthcare should be a right to all".
The bill is quickly racking up a slate of well-known co-sponsors: Sens. "And it's also about being smart", Harris said.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is officially throwing her support behind an effort to reshape the American health care system.
The basic problem with Sanders' plan is that he wants to add nearly 300 million beneficiaries to a program that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) says is "unsustainable". Never mind that the public doesn't want it, forget that the country can't pay for it, and ignore the fact that not one Democrat - including the poseurs listed above - was willing to vote for it as recently as July. They warned of a slippery slope from Obamacare, a relatively moderate bill, to "socialized medicine". If the Democrats finally wrenched back power they may find themselves factionalized and hindered over the details.