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More than 2,000 doctors join call for single-payer healthcare

More than 2,000 doctors on Thursday signed onto a single-payer healthcare plan released by an advocacy group. 

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The proposal was put forward by the group Physicians for a National Health Program, which advocates for a system in which the government provides coverage for everyone.  

The issue has been brought back to the forefront of the political debate by Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersProgressive House Dem pushes for vote on 'Medicare for all' bill Castro takes steps toward likely 2020 bid Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February MORE, who has advocated for such a system as part of his presidential campaign. 

The doctors backing the plan, like Sanders, say that ObamaCare has not gone far enough because millions remain uninsured. 

“Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act six years ago, 30 million Americans remain uninsured, an even greater number are underinsured, financial barriers to care like co-pays and deductibles are rising, bureaucracy is growing, provider networks are narrowing, and medical costs are continuing to climb,” said Dr. Adam Gaffney, who co-chaired the working group that created the proposal. 

The plan calls for progressive taxes to fund the program, as well as administrative savings from shifting away from an array of private insurance companies, but it does not get into the details on the numbers. 

Those details are an important part of the debate. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — First lady's office pushes for ouster of national security aide | Trump taps retired general as ambassador to Saudis | Mattis to visit border troops | Record number of female veterans to serve in Congress Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February What midterm exit polls tell us about 2020 MORE and many liberal health experts have argued that the numbers don’t add up on Sanders’s plan and that steep new taxes would be needed to pay for it. 

Backers of single-payer systems argue that the taxes could be offset by people not having to pay premiums and deductibles anymore.