Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said "single payer is on the table" regarding health care legislation as he announced Democrats would roll out a new economic agenda this week.
"Week after week, month after month, we're going to roll out specific pieces here that are quite different than the Democratic Party you heard in the past," the New York Democrat told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "Single payer is on the table."
Saying "economics are our strength," Schumer explained the economic plan was "sharp, bold and will appeal to both the old Obama coalition ... and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump — the blue-collar workers."
"We're going to look at broader things," Schumer continued, then went further to explain Democrats' view on health care. "Many things are on the table. Medicare for people above 55 is on the table. A buy into Medicare is on the table, buy into Medicaid is on the table. On the broader issues, we'll start examining them once we stabilize the system."
Schumer said Democrats would coalesce around their economic agenda, stating in the past, "We were too cautious. We were too mamby-pamby."
Several key Democrats have supported the concept of a single payer system, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. In addition, Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders made single payer a primary focus of his 2016 presidential campaign.
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