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Tlaib votes 'no' on Democratic Party platform

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (D-Mich.) said that she voted “no” on the Democratic Party’s 2020 platform Saturday because it does not include a plan for a single-payer health care system. 

“Today, I cast my DNC ballot and voted NO on the proposed platform,” Tlaib tweeted Saturday. “I constantly hear from constituents demanding we push for a single-payer system and away from this for-profit system that is leaving people to suffer and die just because they cannot afford health care.”

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The Democratic platform currently includes a public option for health care instead of the single-payer “Medicare for All” proposal that progressives such as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Inequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift In defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenInequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE (D-Mass.) have pushed for in the past. 

“As a party, we must push for a future where every resident has the ability to thrive,” Tlaib said. “That means we need a platform that works to rid our society of oppression and greed. Unfortunately, in my view this platform does not do enough.”

The platform will most likely pass at this week's Democratic convention, where the party is expected to officially nominate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE (D-Calif.) for the presidential ticket. 

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In a photo of her ballot posted to Twitter, Tlaib also said she was voting to nominate Sanders, who dropped out of the race in April. Tlaib endorsed Sanders during the presidential primary earlier in the race. 

The convention will feature speakers from across the party’s ideological spectrum, including progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere Trump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sanders, as well as former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

This report was updated on Aug. 16 at 5:56 a.m.