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Dems Show Single-Payer Hypocrisy With “Present” Vote

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

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:

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.