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Bernie Sanders: 'Medicare for All,' Single-Payer Bill Coming Soon

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during news conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 9, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 27 Mar 2017 05:16 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on a news show on Friday he will soon propose "Medicare for All" legislation designed to create a single-payer health insurance system in the U.S.

In the wake of the Republicans’ failed attempt to repeal Obamacare, Sanders and other Democrats have begun to call for an expansion of Medicare to all Americans to bring health care and health insurance costs down.

Sanders and other lawmakers believe Obamacare’s problems come from not replacing the private, for-profit health insurance system with a program they feel will be more affordable and will cover all Americans.

"We have got to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and move forward toward a 'Medicare for all,' single-payer program," Sanders said on MSNBC’s "All In With Chris Hayes." "And I’ll be introducing legislation shortly to do that."

On CNN’s "State of the Union" Sunday, Sanders said he would be seeking the President Donald Trump’s cooperation with his plans, which include lowering prescription drug prices.

He also spoke about his plans in a town hall on Saturday. “It is a commonsense proposal, and I think once the American people understand it, we can go forward with it,” Sanders said after the meeting, according to The Hill.

Democrat Representatives Keith Ellison and Ro Khanna have both also referenced “Medicare for all” and a single-payer system in recent days. Khanna brought up the fact that Trump had endorsed single-payer healthcare in a 2000 book he wrote, “The America We Deserve.”

Although many Twitter users celebrated Sanders’ initiative, there was plenty of disagreement, too.

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