There are several irrefutable facts that must be stated together to understand what is happening with healthcare in the US. The first is that the Democratic Party has been split because of the ascension of the Democratic Socialists. Their ideation has significantly influenced the direction of the party as a whole, moving it further left than ever before. The second is that the Democratic Socialists do not like Obamacare any more than those on the right because it is standing in the way of one of their central issues- the creation of a single payer system. The third is that this radical idea is taking hold as part of the Democratic platform and is generating popular support as Obamacare fails and the GOP does nothing to solve this mess.
What was once considered a radical idea and impossible to imagine in any serious discussion about American healthcare, single payer has become very mainstream as a Democrat talking point regarding healthcare. If one doubts this, consider the fact that the Bernie Sanders bill- Medicare for All Act- S1804, has 16 current sponsors, including highly visible names like Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren. Many of these individuals have been mentioned as presidential candidates for 2020.
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