Pelosi declines to endorse Sanders single-payer bill

Pelosi declines to endorse Sanders single-payer bill
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to back Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE's (I-Vt.) forthcoming "Medicare for all" legislation Tuesday, saying she's instead focused on protecting ObamaCare.

"Right now, I’m protecting the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi told reporters Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
 
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"None of these other things, whether it’s Bernie’s [bill], can really prevail unless we have the Affordable Care Act protected."
 
Sanders will introduce his bill Wednesday alongside several Senate Democratic co-sponsors, including Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Michelle Obama is exactly who the Democrats need to win big in 2020 Wells Fargo chief defends bank's progress in tense Senate hearing MORE (Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Lawmakers target third-party ticket websites Overnight Health Care: Trump unhappy with Price over private jet use | Trump to allow insurance plans to be sold across state lines | Dems want probe into ObamaCare website shutdowns MORE (N.J.).
 
Pelosi has made similar comments in the past, saying she supports the idea in concept, but the comfort level with the broader base of the American people is not yet there. 
 
Pelosi also said Tuesday she doesn't think support for a single-payer health-care system is a litmus test for Democrats.  

“I don’t think it’s a litmus test,” she said. 

“I think to support the idea that it captures is that we want to have as many people as possible, everybody, covered, and I think that’s something that we all embrace.”