California Senator Kamala Harris (D) announced Wednesday at a town hall in Oakland that she would support Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) “Medicare for All” bill, saying it’s “the right thing to do.”
“I intend to co-sponsor the ‘Medicare for All’ bill because it’s just the right thing to do,” Harris announced at the town hall.
“It’s not just about what is morally and ethically right, it also makes sense just from a fiscal standpoint,” she said.
The Hill added:
The decision to co-sponsor Sanders’s bill is Harris’s first instance of publicly supporting single-payer.
In July, Harris said, “as a concept” she supported single-payer, but that lawmakers still needed to “work out the details.”
Sanders said earlier this week that he was building support for his “Medicare for All” bill.
“You’re seeing more and more movement toward ‘Medicare for All,” Sanders said. “When the people are saying we need healthcare for everyone, as more and more Americans come on board, it will become politically possible.”
Sanders on Wednesday thanked Harris for her support in a tweet.
“Thank you Kamala Harris for your support. Let’s make health care a right, not a privilege,” he tweeted.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 30, 2017