‘Mayor Pete’ joins 2020 Dem race as face of new generation

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks to a group of about 400 potential voters at Douglas High School Sunday

Bernie Sanders defends millionaire status: 'If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too'

"Health care is a human right, not a privilege", Sanders said. "But as more and more people around the country begin to hear our bold vision for the future, more and more people are investing in this effort", Buttigieg said in a statement. "We need somebody in office who understands that".

Voters in states such as MI and Wisconsin helped hand Republican US President Donald Trump his victory in the 2016 election. The critics also portray the plans as incredibly complicated to implement, given the vast array of physicians, hospitals and insurers that would be affected.

Buttigieg's campaign raised more than $7 million in the first three months of this year, a total eclipsed by Sanders' leading $18 million but more than Sens.

Sanders declared his soon-to-be released tax returns would be "boring" and didn't deny his millionaire status in an interview with the New York Times.

The Political Economy Research Institute at the University of MA at Amherst estimated that Medicare for All would cut health care spending by around 10 percent to $2.9 trillion.

He added: "There's a long way for us to go".

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., D-6th Dist., whose panel has jurisdiction over the issue, said he instead will concentrate on shoring up the existing Affordable Care Act, which Trump and congressional Republicans have sought to repeal via legislation and through the courts.

But in a year in which women are ascendant in American politics, Pelosi urged Democrats to consider the presidential candidates on merits and to keep the long game in mind.

Earlier today, in a presidential declaration that drew a comparison to President Barack Obama , Buttigieg entered the race.

Four of Sanders' fellow senators and rivals for the Democratic nomination are set to sign onto the updated single-payer health care proposal.

"Medicare-for-all is a dream".

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says she's taking another road. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn).

With the plan's introduction, Sanders is setting the standard for progressives in the health-care debate even as the Democratic Party is rallying to defend Obamacare. Hickenlooper has said that Medicare-for-all should not be "a litmus test of what it takes to be a good Democrat". "I can not wait to see a new governor in the state of IL".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she'd like to see a woman on Democrats' 2020 presidential ticket - but she's not insisting on it. A top five-cable network, FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country for 17 consecutive years.

Several independent studies of Medicare for All have estimated that it would dramatically increase government spending on health care, in the range of about $25 trillion to $35 trillion or more over a 10-year period.

"You are creating a not-for-profit public option that is good, high-quality healthcare now", the NY senator said. "He is very authentic, and this is what people are craving", she said.

Republican lawmakers and advocacy groups piled on after the event. But other Democratic contenders, including former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, have criticized Sanders' measure as politically infeasible. Questions persist around Jane Sanders' controversial leadership of Burlington. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) released a new version of his Medicare for All plan Wednesday.

His announcement speech was light on policy: he didn't mention Medicare for All or raising taxes.

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