Al Franken co-sponsors Sanders’ Medicare-for-All bill

Minnesota Senator and noted Deadhead Al Franken announced on Tuesday he will co-sponsor Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All bill, making him the latest in a series of Democrats to voice support for the healthcare proposal.

“Like Paul Wellstone, I’ve always believed that health care is a right for all Americans — not a privilege — and that every person in our country deserves access to the care they need,” Franken said in a statement. “Establishing a single-payer system would be one way to achieve universal coverage, and Senator Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’ bill lays down an important marker to help us reach that goal.”

Franken notes that, considering the fact that Republicans control all three branches of government at the moment, the bill has little chance of passing soon and concedes that “this bill is aspirational.”

Franken took some heat earlier on Tuesday after a series of tweets about a hearing in which he explored options to bring healthcare costs down in Minnesota by “working to improve health care competition and choice.”

Plenty of people pointed out that if the precious markets had the answer, we wouldn’t have a healthcare crisis in this country in the first place. Franken took some time in his statement to explain that, sure, universal healthcare is the goal, but for the time being we still have to figure out how to improve the current situation.

“In the short term, however, I strongly believe we must pursue bipartisan policies that improve our current healthcare system for all Americans — and that’s exactly what we’re doing right now in the Senate Health Committee, on which both Senator Sanders and I sit,” Franken concludes.

Sorry everybody yelled at you about Medicare For All on Twitter.

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