Sanders says he will introduce 'Medicare for all' bill

Sanders says he will introduce 'Medicare for all' bill

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersJoaquin Castro says brother Julián is running for president in 2020 Sanders, Warren meet ahead of potential 2020 bids Senate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump 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 WelchDeGette dropped from chief deputy whip spot How to reform the federal electric vehicle tax credit Dem overtures to Trump on drug pricing worry pharma 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 RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says he 'never directed' Cohen to break the law | GOP reels from Trump shutdown threat | Alleged spy Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy charge The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act kneecaps American factory workers The Hill's Morning Report — Where the shutdown fight stands 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.