5 Democrats Who Now Admit They Want Single-Payer Health Care

The cat's out of the bag.

As the Republicans continue to hit themselves with a frying pan by only choosing to trim Obamacare instead of repealing it, the Democrats are moving further to the left by embracing single-payer health care.

On Sunday, Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer told ABC's George Stephanopoulous that "single-payer is one of" the possible policies the Democrats are considering for health care.

"Many things are on the table," Schumer said. "Medicare for people above 55 is on the table. A buy-in to Medicare is on the table. Buy-in to Medicaid is on the table. On the broader issues, we will start examining them once we stabilize the [health care] system."

Here are five Democrats who now admit they want single-payer.

1. Al Gore.

Gore said at a Manhattan Community College event on Tuesday, "The private sector has not shown any ability to provide good, affordable health care for all. I believe we ought to have single-payer health care."

The Huffington Post notes that Gore didn't support single-payer when he ran for president in 2000, but he decided to "reluctantly" support it in 2002.

2. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

"Health care should be a right, it should never be a privilege," said Gillibrand. "We should have Medicare for all in this country."

For what it's worth, Medicare for all would be a TERRIBLE idea.

3. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Warren openly admitted to The Wall Street Journal in June that Obamacare is the starting point for single-payer.

"President Obama tried to move us forward with health care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts," Warren said. "Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single-payer."

Warren has previously stated that single-payer is not politically palpable. She clearly now feels that it is.

4. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

Baldwin told The Capital Times earlier in July that "I anticipate I will" support a single-payer health care proposal.

"It’s been a long position of mine, and frankly, it’s really time that we address this partisan nonsense that’s been going on," Baldwin said.

5. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Booker told Jeff Stein of Vox in April, "I believe in ideas like single-payer":

As the Democrat Party continues to lurch left, expect more Democrats to embrace single-payer health care.

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