At a time when the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is currently in the cross hairs of Congress, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders received an enthusiastic welcome from the California Nurses Association at its San Francisco convention as he strongly promoted his Medicare-for-All bill and denounced the latest GOP health care bill. The Sanders promotion of Medicare-for-All at the convention followed by a few hours Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stated enthusiasm of SB 562, California’s state bill for single-payer healthcare.
One of the deciding votes against the recent GOP health care bill, sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, was cast by Arizona Senator John McCain. The Graham-Cassidy bill would have fully repealed Obamacare, returning billions in health care funding to the states. According to an estimate by the state Department of Health Care Services, the result of this action would mean $138.8 billion in federal health care cuts to California from 2020 though 2027.
During his address to the California Nurses Association previous to the failure of Graham-Cassidy, Senator Sanders thanked Senator McCain for his stance, strongly stating, “Our struggle on this legislation is not over. We’re going to defeat this disastrous Graham-Cassidy bill, and then we go on to pass Medicare-for-All.”
The assertive and tenacious advocacy that universal health care has received from Senator Sanders has made single-payer a mainstream health care debate. At one time considered a radical ambition, according to a Harvard-Harris Poll 52% of Americans now favor a single-payer system.
Senator Sanders stated during his address, “Medicare for senior citizens has worked, and we want Medicare to work for every man, woman and child in this country. After decades of talk, now is the time to get it done.”
For further information on Senator Bernie Sanders’ address to the California Nurses Association see: The Mercury News: Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies for Medicare-for-All, lauds McCain opposition to GOP health bill, from which this information was gathered.