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) SandersIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Bill Maher defends Bernie Sanders campaign over sexual harassment allegations 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 JayapalDems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell Women's March plans 'Medicare for All' day of lobbying in DC MoveOn leaders stepping down before 2020 election MORE (Wash.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDem lawmaker announces plans to propose bill requiring breathalyzers in new vehicles Influx of women in Congress can improve women’s retirement security The 116th Congress can improve Medicare and Social Security MORE (Mich.) and Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonIlhan Omar defends 2012 tweet: 'I don't know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish Americans' States scramble to fill void left by federal shutdown 116th Congress breaks records for women, minority lawmakers 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.