Sanders plans to introduce single-payer bill in September

Sanders plans to introduce single-payer bill in September
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency 2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE (I-Vt.) plans to introduce his "Medicare for all" single-payer healthcare bill after Congress returns in September. 

Speaking to constituents in Vermont Monday, Sanders admitted that the bill is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Congress or be signed by President Trump. 

"If we pass this thing, it's not going to be tomorrow, it would be the most significant step forward legislatively since I suspect the creation of Social Security in the 1930s. It's a big deal," he said, according to The Associated Press

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Sanders has long argued in favor of a government-run universal healthcare system, commonly referred to as single-payer. It was included in his platform during his 2016 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Single-payer has gained traction among Democrats, with potential 2020 contenders like Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions MORE (D-N.Y.) supporting it. 

However, it's still not a unifying message for Democrats, with many cautious about the idea as they look to regain control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections. 

Senate Democrats face a tough electoral map next year, with a number of Democratic incumbents up for reelection in states that Trump won in 2016.