Bernie Sanders thanks Kamala Harris for endorsing single-payer
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Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKlain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase Romney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (I) thanked fellow Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisEmhoff reflects on interracial marriage case: Without this 'I would not be married to Kamala Harris' WHO: Coronavirus deaths down 20 percent worldwide last week Collins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday for signing on to co-sponsor his upcoming bill to replace America's healthcare system with a single-payer Medicare-for-all system.

The Vermont progressive thanked Harris for calling the single-payer system "the right thing to do" and declared that the Democrats would make healthcare a right, not a privilege.

"Thank you @KamalaHarris for your support. Let's make health care a right, not a privilege," Sanders tweeted Wednesday night.


Harris's tweet was a shortened version of her remarks at a town hall Wednesday night, during which she said that the push for a single-payer system was "morally and ethically right."

"I intend to co-sponsor the 'Medicare for All' bill because it’s just the right thing to do," Harris said Wednesday at a town hall in Oakland, Calif.

"It's not just about what is morally and ethically right, it also makes sense just from a fiscal standpoint," she added.

Harris's announcement ended weeks of speculation over whether she would sign on to Sanders's proposal. The single-payer system has increasingly gained support among Democrats, but Harris's decision is a public break from House Minority Leader and fellow California lawmaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D), who said that the time isn't right for such a bill.

“The comfort level with a broader base of the American people is not there yet,” Pelosi said at a press conference in May. “It doesn't mean it couldn't be. States are a good place to start.”

“I was carrying around single-payer signs probably before you were born, so I, you know, I understand that aspiration,” she added.