Gillibrand backs Sanders's 'Medicare for all' bill

Gillibrand backs Sanders's 'Medicare for all' bill
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandNow is the time for a US data protection agency The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate Ginsburg, accepting lifetime achievement award, urges working fathers to take an active role in kids' lives MORE (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday that she is backing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE's (I-Vt.) "Medicare for all" bill. 

Gillibrand is the latest high-profile Democrat, and possible 2020 presidential contender, to support Sanders's bill, which is gaining steam among Democrats. 

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Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll MORE (Mass.),  Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report Biden looks to shore up lead in SC MORE (Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report Warren calls for changes to presidential pardon power, pledges to create clemency board MORE (N.J.), also possible presidential candidates, recently announced their support for the bill as well. 

Sanders plans to introduce the measure with an announcement on Wednesday. 

Gillibrand expressed some support for single-payer health care in June as well.

"Health care should be a right, it should never be a privilege. We should have Medicare for all in this country," she said, according to CNN.