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House Dems launching Medicare for All Caucus

House Dems launching Medicare for All Caucus
© Haiyun Jiang

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 SandersBernie SandersIn defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere 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 JayapalBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Trump, attorneys step up efforts to reverse election's outcome MORE (Wash.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellGM reverses on Trump, exits suit challenging California's tougher emissions standards Ex-AG Holder urges GOP to speak against Trump efforts to 'subvert' election results McEnany disputes any Trump 'advocacy' with invite to Michigan lawmakers MORE (Mich.) and Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonProgressives unveil Biden Cabinet wish list Officers involved with George Floyd killing will stand trial together in Minneapolis, judge decides Trump lashes out at state officials over virus restrictions at Minnesota rally 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.