In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance and a raft of other bold reforms.

Sen. Bernie Sanders announced he would introduce a new simple and commonsense alternative Medicare for All bill in the Senate.

President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill off the House floor on Friday, March 24, after it became clear the measure would fail badly. The bill was withdrawn minutes before the vote was to occur when some key lawmakers came out in opposition.

These lawmakers and grassroots leaders are again arguing that the best way to improve the country’s health care system is to confront the power of corporate health care providers more directly, and possibility empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices or lowering the Medicare eligibility age.

Single-payer health insurance still lacks support from many Democrats, let alone from the Republican lawmakers who control both chambers.

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