Pelosi declines to endorse Sanders single-payer bill

Pelosi declines to endorse Sanders single-payer bill
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to back Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersKlobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Dem pollster says it's 'misstated wisdom' to assume competitive primaries damage presidential nominees Group launches campaign to 'Draft Beto' for 2020 White House bid MORE's (I-Vt.) forthcoming "Medicare for all" legislation Tuesday, saying she's instead focused on protecting ObamaCare.

"Right now, I’m protecting the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi told reporters Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
 
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"None of these other things, whether it’s Bernie’s [bill], can really prevail unless we have the Affordable Care Act protected."
 
 
Pelosi has made similar comments in the past, saying she supports the idea in concept, but the comfort level with the broader base of the American people is not yet there. 
 
Pelosi also said Tuesday she doesn't think support for a single-payer health-care system is a litmus test for Democrats.  

“I don’t think it’s a litmus test,” she said. 

“I think to support the idea that it captures is that we want to have as many people as possible, everybody, covered, and I think that’s something that we all embrace.”