Bernie Sanders delegates to push for Medicare for all plank in DNC platform
Bernie Sanders’ delegates to the Democratic National Convention have come together to push for the addition of a Medicare for all plank in the party’s official platform. Hundreds of delegates have said they will vote against the platform if it doesn’t contain that provision.
With the convention only three weeks away, a fight is sure to take place on the floor between the more moderate members of the party and those with a more progressive viewpoint.
The delegates believe that Medicare for all is an absolute priority, especially in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Interestingly enough, Sen. Sanders says he will still support the party platform even without the provision that his own delegates are calling for. A spokesman from his presidential campaign did applaud the delegates for their passion and fight on his behalf.
“Senator Sanders believes that the Democratic Party platform should advocate strongly for Medicare for All, and that of course is a major reason why he fought so hard for the nomination,” said Mike Casca, a Bernie 2020 spokesman. “The senator appreciates that, amid a deadly pandemic which is creating a national health emergency, his delegates understand that now more than ever we must guarantee health care as a human right.”
Medicare for all is currently not included in the 80-page draft platform that the DNC released last week. It calls for making health care more affordable in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. was not included in a draft 80-page Democratic Party platform released on July 21. Instead, the platform promises to make health care more affordable in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.
The 4,000 convention delegates will all get to vote for the platform right before the national convention between August 3-15.
Biden has been a champion for building on the Affordable Care Act with a public option.
“Whether you’re covered through your employer, buying your insurance on your own, or going without coverage altogether, the Biden plan will give you the choice to purchase a public health insurance option like Medicare,” the Biden campaign said.
Biden also wants to lower the age to qualify for Medicare from 65 to 60.
Sanders currently has 1,076 delegates attending the convention compared to Biden’s 2,632. The Sanders camp has little chance of formally revising the Democratic platform but they are certain to draw lots of media attention to the cause and perhaps even put pressure on their party’s nominee.
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