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House Dems launching Medicare for All Caucus

House Dems launching Medicare for All Caucus
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House Democrats are launching an official Medicare for All Caucus in an effort to promote a single-payer health-care bill.

The caucus, which will officially be announced Thursday, comes as an increasingly larger number of Democrats warm to the idea.

The idea, championed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Live coverage: Cruz faces O'Rourke in Texas debate showdown Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP MORE (I-Vt.), is now favored by many potential 2020 Democratic presidential contenders.

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The caucus will launch with about 60 members and will be led by Democratic Reps. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalElection Countdown: Midterm fight heats up over Kavanaugh | McConnell sees energized base | Dems look to women to retake House | How suburban voters could decide control of Congress | Taylor Swift backs Tennessee Dems | Poll shows Cruz up 5 in Texas Dems look to women to take back the House after Kavanaugh fight Wrong for Democrats to call for more Kavanaugh investigations MORE (Wash.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellRep. Debbie Dingell says she heard of gang rapes taking place when she was in college Dem rep says not enough progress has been made on hearing out misconduct allegations The Hill's Morning Report — Historic, high-stakes day for Kavanaugh and Ford MORE (Mich.) and Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonMinnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post Minnesota Dems worry about Ellison allegations as state AG race tightens Republicans see silver linings in deep-blue states MORE (Minn.), with more expected to sign on in the coming weeks.

Ellison is the lead sponsor of H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which has the support of a majority of the House Democratic Caucus.

The bill contains only an outline of how it would raise the trillions of dollars needed to establish universal health care, but it has become a focus of Democratic energy.

A recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found a majority of Americans support the idea of single-payer health care.

“It’s the increasing view of everyone that single-payer is inevitable,” said Dan Riffle, spokesman for Ellison.

“It’s going to pass,” he said, and the caucus will attempt to hammer home that message.