Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the second high-profile 2020 hopeful Thursday to back Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare-for-All” legislation.
Warren told supporters in an email that “Medicare-for-All” is “one way that we can give every single person in the country access to high quality health care,” according to a report from MassLive. Warren has come out before in support of single payer health care. She told The Wall Street Journal in June that the “next step is single payer.”
Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris, a rumored 2020 candidate, announced her support of the legislation in late August.
“It’s just the right thing to do,” Sen. Harris said. “It is so much better that people have meaningful access to health care, from birth through the rest of their lives. The alternative is that we, as taxpayers, are spending huge amounts of money to send them to emergency rooms.”
A June poll found that 33 percent of all Americans believe that there should be a single national government program to provide health care coverage for all. The Pew poll found that 52 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Americans were in support of such a measure.