That will tee up legislation that Sanders (I-Vt.) has promised, then delayed, since March — a version of single-payer health care that, he hopes, will avoid some of the pitfalls that have made previous bills politically untenable.
“We’re tweaking the final points of the bill, and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together,” Sanders said this past weekend on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The long delay, a result of GOP health-care legislation repeatedly clawing out of what the media thought was its coffin, has resulted in Republican attacks on the House’s main single-payer bill, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.). As the repeal effort sputtered, Republicans pointed to an Urban Institute analysis of the Conyers bill to say that moving from the current system to universal Medicare would cost $32 trillion, and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) brought up the Conyers bill as a dilatory amendment to the GOP’s proposed health-care legislation.
Sanders has challenged the Urban Institute’s math — pointing out that the estimate does not account for possible savings from moving people out of the private insurance market — and suggested that his bill will come with a smaller price tag.