Some Senate Democrats will run to cable news shows to talk about single-payer health care, but when a GOP senator gave them the opportunity to vote on it, Dems balked.
Single-payer health care received zero votes in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, as 57 senators voted against an amendment that would establish ‘Medicare-for-all’ and 43 senators voted “present.”
A few Democrats joined 52 Republicans in voting against the single-payer measure:
No sens from either side voting for single payer amdt. All Dems voting present except Heitkamp Manchin Tester Donnelly & independent King
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 27, 2017
All four Democrats above face difficult re-election campaigns in 2018, and likely did not want to be on the record supporting expensive single-payer health care.
As for the 42 Democrats – and one “independent” – who voted “present,” it’s nothing more than rank hypocrisy for some. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have all expressed some level of support for single-payer over the last few months.
All four, though, voted “present” on Thursday instead of taking a stand on single-payer.
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