Schumer noncommittal on Sanders's 'Medicare for all' bill

Schumer noncommittal on Sanders's 'Medicare for all' bill
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump goes after Democrats over photo of drowned migrants Schumer displays photo of drowned migrants on Senate floor in appeal to Trump McConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems MORE (D-N.Y.) is staying on the sidelines on a single-payer health care bill being rolled out this week by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates MORE (I-Vt.).

"Democrats believe that health care is a right for all, and there are many different bills out there. There are many good ones," Schumer told reporters during a weekly leadership press conference.

Schumer was asked what he would "say" about the legislation being unveiled Wednesday by the Independent senator. 

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He didn't say if he would be co-sponsoring the "Medicare for all" bill. A spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about Schumer's position.

A growing number of Senate Democrats are signing on to Sanders's legislation.

The issue has emerged as a litmus test for the party's 2020 nominations. 

Four of Sanders's Democratic colleagues who frequently get White House speculation —  Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDon't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Poll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place Senate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs MORE (Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandWarren visits migrant care shelter, says children being marched 'like little prisoners' Where 2020 Democrats stand in betting markets ahead of first debate GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats MORE (N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker calls for hearings on reports of ICE using solitary confinement Poll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate MORE (N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place 2020 Dems say they will visit Homestead facility holding migrant children Warren visits migrant care shelter, says children being marched 'like little prisoners' MORE (Calif.) — are supporting the legislation. 

Schumer noted that in addition to Sanders, Democratic Sens. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzWhite House to convene social media summit after new Trump attacks Hillicon Valley: Investigation finds federal agencies failed to address cyber vulnerabilities | Officials crack down on illegal robocallers | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Senators grill Google exec on 'persuasive technology' Senators spar with Google exec over use of 'persuasive technology' MORE (Hawaii) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann Stabenow It's time to let Medicare to negotiate drug prices Trump judicial nominee says he withdrew over 'gross mischaracterizations' of record Trump judicial nominee withdraws amid Republican opposition: report MORE (Mich.) have offered health care bills.

"We want to move the issue forward. We're looking at all of these," he said.

In addition to Schumer, Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt McConnell opens door to vote on Iran war authorization Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline MORE (D-Ill.) hasn't taken a position on Sanders’s legislation. He told The Hill on Monday afternoon that he was still reviewing the bill.