Schumer noncommittal on Sanders's 'Medicare for all' bill

Schumer noncommittal on Sanders's 'Medicare for all' bill
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump knocks Schumer, touts North Korea summit in early morning tweet Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems want answers on DOJ ObamaCare decision The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Kim make history with summit MORE (D-N.Y.) is staying on the sidelines on a single-payer health care bill being rolled out this week by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders If Congress takes no action, the Social Security trust fund will become depleted in 2034 Ex-campaign manager: Sanders is still eying another presidential bid DNC chair backing plan to cut superdelegates opposed by Dem lawmakers MORE (I-Vt.).

"Democrats believe that health care is a right for all, and there are many different bills out there. There are many good ones," Schumer told reporters during a weekly leadership press conference.

Schumer was asked what he would "say" about the legislation being unveiled Wednesday by the Independent senator. 

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He didn't say if he would be co-sponsoring the "Medicare for all" bill. A spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about Schumer's position.

A growing number of Senate Democrats are signing on to Sanders's legislation.

The issue has emerged as a litmus test for the party's 2020 nominations. 

Four of Sanders's Democratic colleagues who frequently get White House speculation —  Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump to nominate budget official as next consumer bureau chief Sessions floats federal law that would protect states that decriminalize marijuana Bank regulator faces backlash over comments on racism MORE (Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandCongress must confront sexual abuse of military children The Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? Sanders gets best reception at early 2020 audition MORE (N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerMembers of Congress demand new federal gender pay audit The Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? Sanders gets best reception at early 2020 audition MORE (N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? Sanders gets best reception at early 2020 audition Man indicted for threatening Bernie Sanders, March for Our Lives protesters MORE (Calif.) — are supporting the legislation. 

Schumer noted that in addition to Sanders, Democratic Sens. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzDem senator: 'Stop pretending' law banning separation of migrant families is hard to pass Hillicon Valley: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner deal in blow to DOJ | Dems renew push to secure state voting systems | Seattle reverses course on tax after Amazon backlash | Trump, senators headed for cyber clash | More Tesla layoffs Dems question FCC's claim of cyberattack during net neutrality comment period MORE (Hawaii) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCongress must work with, not against, tribal communities in crafting Farm Bill Senate Dems to Mnuchin: Don't index capital gains to inflation This week: House GOP regroups after farm bill failure MORE (Mich.) have offered health care bills.

"We want to move the issue forward. We're looking at all of these," he said.

In addition to Schumer, Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinHugh Hewitt to Trump: 'It is 100 percent wrong to separate border-crossing families' Opioid treatment plans must include a trauma-informed approach Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems want answers on DOJ ObamaCare decision MORE (D-Ill.) hasn't taken a position on Sanders’s legislation. He told The Hill on Monday afternoon that he was still reviewing the bill.