Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday that she will co-sponsor Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” bill.
Warren called healthcare a basic human right and declared that it’s “time to fight for it.”
“I believe it’s time to take a step back and ask: what is the best way to deliver high quality, low cost health care to all Americans?” Warren said in a statement.
“Everything should be on the table — and that’s why I’m co-sponsoring Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill that will be introduced later this month.”
“Everyone is covered,” she added. “Nobody goes broke paying a medical bill. Families don’t have to bear the costs of heartbreaking medical disasters on their own.”
Warren joins California Senator Kamala Harris, who announced last week she will co-sponsor Sanders’ bill.
Both are considered highly likely 2020 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders has also not ruled out another presidential bid.
“I intend to co-sponsor the ‘Medicare for All’ bill because it’s just the right thing to do,” Harris said last Wednesday.
Even moderate Democrats like Montana’s Jon Tester are warming to the idea of a single-payer healthcare system.
Last week Tester said that Congress should take a “solid look” at the idea.
In the other chamber of Congress, more than half of House Democrats have already signed on to Michigan Rep. John Conyers’ single-payer bill.
Hillary Clinton opposed Sanders’ single-payer plan during the 2016 primaries, arguing it would “never, ever happen.”