Gore calls for single-payer healthcare

Gore calls for single-payer healthcare
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Former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreSanders says he backs abolishing Electoral College Warren reintroduces bill mandating climate disclosures by companies Political world mourns death of Ross Perot MORE called for a single-payer healthcare system this week amid the collapse of the Senate GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“The private sector has not shown any ability to provide good, affordable healthcare for all,” Gore said Tuesday at an event at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, The Huffington Post reported.

“I believe we ought to have single-payer healthcare.”

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Gore, a Democrat, didn't include single-payer healthcare in the platform for his unsuccessful 2000 presidential bid against George W. Bush.

Gore has spoken about such a system before. In 2002, he said he "reluctantly" had come to the conclusion that an effort to "begin drafting" a national single-payer healthcare plan was necessary.

“I think we’ve reached a point where the entire healthcare system is in impending crisis,” Gore said at the time. “I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we should begin drafting a single-payer national health insurance plan.”

Republicans are looking to plot a path forward after opposition from GOP senators sunk a plan to repeal and replace former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaImmigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids More adult Twitter users follow Obama than Trump: survey Trump's no racist; he's an equal opportunity offender MORE's signature healthcare law this week.