[Ed. – The Democratic Party has shifted dramatically further left. Several years ago, a proposal like this would have gotten no support. Sanders has the backing of 30 senators.]
On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a bill to socialize medicine, turning the United States into a single-payer health care nation in the name of “Medicare For All.” While many top contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have cosponsored his legislation, Sanders’ quixotic push spells doom for red state Democrats in 2018, and may cast a pall on the party’s chances to defeat President Trump in three years.
“Health care in America must be a right, not a privilege,” Sen. Sanders declared. “Today, we begin the long and difficult struggle to end the international disgrace of the United States, our great nation, being the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all of our people.”
Sanders’ suggestions may sound appealing, but they would mean higher taxes and less control over health care, along with a massive increase in the federal government’s control over the economy. This makes the single-payer issue extremely divisive in the Democratic Party, and a political powder-keg for the Left.