“The current health care system in the United States is totally broken,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said at a recent event on Capitol Hill. “It is totally dysfunctional, and it is extremely cruel.”
His preferred fix remains Medicare for All — a sweeping government takeover of health insurance. His latest attempt to advance this program began earlier this month, when he and 14 co-sponsors in the Senate introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2023. Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., are the lead sponsors for a companion bill in the House.
The federal push for single-payer health care comes at a moment when several states — including California, New York, and Rhode Island — are considering government health insurance takeovers of their own.