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112 co-sponsors of Medicare for All were on the ballot and all won

November 13, 2020

Topics: Quote of the Day

By Christina Zhao
Newsweek, November 10, 2020

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a possible Labor secretary candidate in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, on Tuesday said public support for the Green New Deal and Medicare for All was won at the polls.

Sanders—who ran off the promise of universal health care and policies to combat climate change in the 2020 Democratic race—has insisted that widespread public support for the policies championed by progressives were apparent through the results of the presidential race.

“112 co-sponsors of Medicare for All were on the ballot. All of them won. 98 co-sponsors of the Green New Deal were on the ballot. Only 1 lost,” the senator tweeted. “Supporting Medicare for All and the Green New Deal is not just good public policy. It is also good politics.”



By Don McCanne, M.D.

Those who contend that Medicare for All caused a poor showing in the election are going to have to explain this one. All 112 co-sponsors of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 who were on the ballot won re-election!

Although many polls show support for Medicare for All, the one taken on election day is the one that really counts.

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About the Commentator, Don McCanne

Don McCanne is a retired family practitioner who dedicated the 2nd phase of his career to speaking and writing extensively on single payer and related issues. He served as Physicians for a National Health Program president in 2002 and 2003, then as Senior Health Policy Fellow. For two decades, Don wrote "Quote of the Day", a daily health policy update which inspired HJM.

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