Sanders says he will introduce 'Medicare for all' bill

Sanders says he will introduce 'Medicare for all' bill

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Democratic frustration with Sinema rises MORE (I-Vt.) is planning to introduce a single-payer healthcare bill in Congress.

The Vermont senator said during a town hall Saturday he plans to introduce a "Medicare for all" bill "within a couple of weeks," Vermont Public Radio reported.

“It is a commonsense proposal, and I think once the American people understand it, we can go forward with it,” Sanders said after the town hall meeting.

During the town hall, Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchDemocrats weigh changes to drug pricing measure to win over moderates Schumer feels heat to get Manchin and Sinema on board Failed drug vote points to bigger challenges for Democrats MORE (D-Vt.) said he would introduce the same bill in the House.

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“Well, you know, it’s a goal. In this Congress, we won’t pass it,” Welch said after the town hall.  “But I think we have to do keep the goal out there, because we need in this country, like any industrialized country, a healthcare system that’s affordable, accessible and universal.”

Welch said he will "reach out to [his] Republican colleagues with specific proposals about some of the things we can do to fix some of the issues in the Affordable Care Act."

The comments come after Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.) on Friday pulled the American Health Care Act, the GOP's healthcare proposal, amid dwindling support among Republicans.

The move marked the first legislative defeat for President Trump and followed seven years of rhetoric from Republicans who campaigned on a pledge to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
 
The president blamed Democrats for not backing the bill. He signaled he would move on to other legislative priorities, such as tax reform.