ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system

ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system
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Former Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusTop Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP tries to keep spotlight on taxes amid Mueller charges Clinton-Sanders tensions linger for Democrats MORE, one of the chief architects of ObamaCare, says the U.S. should consider a single-payer health-care system. 

"My personal view is we've got to start looking at single-payer," the Montanan Democrat said Thursday, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle

"I think we should have hearings. ... We're getting there. It's going to happen." 

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Baucus, who announced his retirement in 2013, wrote large parts of the Affordable Care Act in his role as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. 

Baucus was also heavily criticized during ObamaCare debate for not seriously considering a single-payer system because he didn't think it could pass Congress. 

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWorld leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report Sanders on Brazile revelations: DNC needs ‘far more transparency’ Sen. Warren sold out the DNC MORE (I-Vt.) will introduce a "Medicare for All" bill Wednesday. 

Sanders has acknowledged that the bill won't pass a Republican controlled Congress, but said the point of introducing it is to start a conversation. 

The bill has picked up support from Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSchumer: Dems want DACA fix in government spending bill Overnight Health Care: ObamaCare sign-ups surge in early days Sen. Harris seeks information from maker of opioid treatment MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program Schumer: Dems want DACA fix in government spending bill The Hill interview — DNC chief: I came here to win elections MORE (D-Mass.), both considered potential presidential candidates in 2020.