Making A List

September 13, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

Okay, we are starting a list of every Democrat who has signed on to single payer.

Elizabeth Warren
Bernie Sanders
Kamala Harris
Al Franken
Kirsten Gillibrand
Cory Booker
Sheldon Whitehouse
Brian Schatz
Tammy Baldwin
Jeff Merkley
Richard Blumenthal

Okay, who am I missing?  I’m gonna update this as needed.

I am told that in the House John Conyers Jr.’s bill has 113 co-sponsors.


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24 Comments to “Making A List”

  1. You can add Mazie Hirono of Hawaii to that list.

  2. Single payer is the only way to go. I called both of my Senators and asked them to sign on.

  3. Ok, I’ll be “that guy” here and point out that Bernie’s not a democrat. Only because somebody’s gotta do it.

  4. I love single payer, best way to go. One question:

    What is Bernie’s plan to pay for it?

  5. JAKvirginia says:

    Debbo? China. Yeah…. see… Mexico pays for our wall. China pays for our health care. Well, c’mon, Russia paid for our president! Single-payer. You pay for this… and you pay for that and… hey, you over there… got something for you…

    (Source: Trump University, School of Economics.)

  6. Okay, add me to the list.

    I’ll get back to you with a better name. Something along the line of “George’s Choice”.

    Or, “Healthy America Health Assurance Act.”

  7. It’s not really an issue for most of us that Bernie’s not a Democrat.

  8. Bernie caucuses with the Dems. Because of that, it doesn’t matter that he was elected as an Independent. He will never caucus with the Rethugs.

  9. I was just being pedantic.

  10. Leahy, Markey, Udall, Shaheen, Hirono are the rest

  11. Joe Manchin? Jon Tester?

  12. Karen in New Mexico says:

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on cosponsoring U.S Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for All bill:

    “America is the wealthiest country on Earth, yet despite our health care progress in recent years, we still spend far too much of our GDP on health care and some New Mexicans still find themselves without any coverage at all.

    “It is time to recognize that health care is a human right and I believe that the best way to make that a reality in our nation is to build on what we all know works. Americans across the political spectrum recognize just how well the Medicare program delivers quality health care results at a reasonable cost. That is why I am joining in solidarity with others that share this vision by cosponsoring the Medicare For All Act.

    “I am committed to bringing New Mexicans’ voices to this discussion with the goal of expanding coverage and providing more health care options that truly make a difference in the lives of everyday Americans.”

  13. Karen in New Mexico says:

    Yay – New Mexico is two for two!

    Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will sign on as an original cosponsor to Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation, which would ensure every American would have access to comprehensive health insurance regardless of income or employment status. Udall supported similar proposals sponsored by Rep. John Conyers when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Udall made the following statement:

    “I believe that health care is a human right, and that all New Mexicans – and all Americans – should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick. A hardworking single mother in New Mexico deserves the same quality health care for herself and her family as a multimillionaire CEO. But while we’ve made strong steps in the right direction, our health insurance system is expensive, fragmented and hopelessly complicated for patients and employers alike.

    “We must keep striving for a seamless system in which patient care, not profits, comes first; where employers can focus on production not paperwork; and where every American has the assurance that no matter what happens with their job or their health, they can still get quality care.”

    Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, worked with Sanders on provisions in the bill related to Indian health. Those provisions ensure that the Indian Health Service (IHS) may serve as a participating provider, that the IHS may continue to focus solely on providing health care for Tribal communities, and that there should be strong consultation between the federal government and Tribes.

  14. You got 13 on that list? I heard there were 15. Let’s not cheat ourselves. The rethugs have had a lock on that for years.

  15. We haven’t seen Senator Cortez-Masto on the list yet. Two choices coming her way – sign on or be prepared to be sick of me.

  16. I support federal government managed single payer for every American, BUT my head will just explode if a Senator or Congressvarmint’s support of single payer in 2017 becomes a litmus test for Dems running in 2018 and/or 2020.

  17. Opinionated Hussy says:

    I’ve always liked Medicare for All, because it relates to something people already know….or maybe the SANDERS Act [Sometimes A Nation Does for Everyone the Right Stuff]. Or, if better health care will fight obesity, just call it the BERN. (Sorry – not enough caffeine this morning!)

    And we pay for it the same way – now that I’m eligible, I pay an income-based premium every month for Parts A & B (doctors and hospitals) and a low premium for whichever part meds are, and an incredibly low premium for a high-deductible ‘everything else’ plan.

    It could be simplified, but we are talking about Congress here, so it never will be.

  18. Here are the 16 currently on the list:
    Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin)
    Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut)
    Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire)
    Cory Booker (New Jersey)
    Al Franken (Minnesota)
    Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)
    Kamala Harris (California)
    Martin Heinrich (New Mexico)
    Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)
    Patrick Leahy (Vermont)
    Ed Market (Massachusetts)
    Jeff Merkley (Oregon)
    Brian Schatz (Hawaii)
    Tom Udall (New Mexico)
    Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)
    Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island)

    Micr, “litmus tests” are wrong on a number of levels. It’s similar to the old prove you’re not a witch ducking ponds. That seems strikingly snacilbupeR in spirit. I’d be worried about any candidate who agreed with me 100% of the time on everything. That would set off my pandering alarms.

  19. @Jane & PKM


  20. Debbo – I don’t know what Bernie’s plan is to pay for it but we currently spend about $8500 per capita for what we have now. Projecting that out over the entire population of the US gives you about $2.6 trillion dollars per year. I suspect that might be enough to pay for a single payer, universal plan – at least once the greed is squeezed out.

  21. Kent Fisher says:

    Any Dems considering giving the GOP a face-saving way to join by making it a “Repeal ACA and replace with Universal Health Coverage”?

  22. The Great Blue (mostly) State of Oregon is two for two, with both Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley cospondoring.
    That said, now that the ball is in play, will Bernie Sanders STFU and just go away, PLEASE ?

  23. And YES! Kentucky’s very own Congressman Awesome John Yarmuth is a co-sponsor.

    Technically, he represents Louisville, but in truth he represents every liberal languishing in Kentucky’s blood-red districts.

  24. “I am told that in the House John Conyers Jr.’s bill has 113 co-sponsors.” Ms. Juanita Jean Herownself, while waiting for Senator Cortez Masto to answer our e-mail let it be said we also included “options.” We didn’t demand she support the Sanders bill. We asked her position as to both bills and what other Democratic bills are ready and waiting. We also noted that after over 7 years of carping, grousing and obstructing the ACA that the Republicans have absolutely nothing to offer to the debate nor legislation.

    Latest to strike out was Lindsey Graham. His version of health care (if possible) is worse than the last snacilbupeR failure.