Gore calls for single-payer healthcare

Gore calls for single-payer healthcare
© Getty Images

Former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreAl Gore warns of 'ominous' record-breaking heat Colbert to Kennedy on retirement: Don't tell me your mind's going because 'you never had one!' Budowsky: Obama remains AWOL for Dems MORE called for a single-payer healthcare system this week amid the collapse of the Senate GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“The private sector has not shown any ability to provide good, affordable healthcare for all,” Gore said Tuesday at an event at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, The Huffington Post reported.

“I believe we ought to have single-payer healthcare.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Gore, a Democrat, didn't include single-payer healthcare in the platform for his unsuccessful 2000 presidential bid against George W. Bush.

Gore has spoken about such a system before. In 2002, he said he "reluctantly" had come to the conclusion that an effort to "begin drafting" a national single-payer healthcare plan was necessary.

“I think we’ve reached a point where the entire healthcare system is in impending crisis,” Gore said at the time. “I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we should begin drafting a single-payer national health insurance plan.”

Republicans are looking to plot a path forward after opposition from GOP senators sunk a plan to repeal and replace former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMontana governor raises profile ahead of potential 2020 bid Trump was right to ditch UN’s plan for handling migrants Ex-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ MORE's signature healthcare law this week.