Sanders to roll out updated 'Medicare for all' proposal Wednesday

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) will roll out an updated version of his "Medicare for all" plan Wednesday on Capitol Hill. 

Sanders, who is again seeking the Democratic nomination for president, will unveil the bill alongside Senate co-sponsors, some of whom are also candidates for president. 


Sanders last introduced the bill in 2017, with support from presidential candidates Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandKlobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE (D-N.Y.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisEmhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony GOP becoming a cult of know-nothings Stowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenRestless progressives eye 2024 Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Biden eyes new path for Fed despite Powell pick MORE (D-Mass.) 

A spokesperson for Booker said he would again cosponsor the bill, but Gillibrand, Harris and Warren's offices did not reply to requests for comment.

Sanders's bill would largely eliminate private insurance and institute a single-payer system managed by the government. 

The updated version will also include long-term care, such as nursing homes, which is currently not covered by the Medicare program. 

Home and community based care which also be covered. 

Medicare for all, and its embrace by some 2020 candidates for president, has been highlighted by Republicans and President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE, who argue the Democratic Party is moving toward socialism. 

Harris faced criticism when she said earlier this year about private insurance "let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on." 

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharKlobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden renominates Powell as Fed chair MORE (D-Minn.), who is also running for president, has not backed Medicare for all, and supports proposals that would create a Medicare public option, allowing individuals who aren't yet 65 to buy into the program.