Four more Democratic senators will co-sponsor Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill

Sen. Elizabeth Warren listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in July

Sen. Elizabeth Warren listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in July

"Health care should be a right for every single American, not a privilege reserved for the healthy and the wealthy", Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, said in a statement. Bernie Sanders, expected to be rolled out Wednesday, would expand the health care program for the elderly, run through the federal government, to everyone. "This is something that's got to happen".

In addition to Booker, Democratic Sens.

Kamala Harris have already announced they are co-sponsoring Sanders' bill.

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyDem lawmaker proposes cutting off oil to North Korea Lawmakers mark Women's Equality Day President Trump, listen to candidate Trump and keep Volcker Rule MORE (D-Ore.) also announced his support on Monday. Lenovo settles privacy claim with FTC Dems ask Trump to reinstate Obama flood standard after Harvey MORE is throwing his support behind a "Medicare for all" bill being introduced by Sen.

He says he'll continue exploring other ways to improve health care and lower costs, including adding a publicly operated health insurance option to individual marketplaces.

She joins a cast of up-and-coming liberal politicians behind the measure, including several touted as potential 2020 candidates. Elizabeth Warren, have said they'll co-sponsor the bill - as have Rhode Island Sen. Sanders, a Vermont Independent, made the issue a cornerstone of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Booker and Gillibrand's endorsements in particular are yet another sign that support for single-payer is likely going to be the standard in 2020, no longer a deviation from the party line. The evidence? When May 2011 elections gave Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper a conservative Parliamentary majority, guaranteeing passage of any conservative legislation, he immediately assured Canadians of no change in their single-payer system.

Although he did not endorse Sanders' specific bill, Sen. "I think healthcare should be a right to all".

In announcing he'd be one of the bill's cosponsors, Merkley called for simplifying the "fragmented health care system".

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