Liberal New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is the latest Democratic lawmaker to publicly support Bernie Sander’s proposed “Medicare-for-all” legislation, saying a universal healthcare system has “got to happen” and thanking Barack Obama for “taking the first step.”
The left-wing democrat was speaking with a local New Jersey television station when he openly backed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders proposed state-run healthcare program, announcing he would be co-sponsoring the bill.
“This is something that’s got to happen. Obamacare was a first step in advancing this country, but I won’t rest until every American has a basic security that comes with having access to affordable health care,” said Booker.
“You should not be punished because you are working-class or poor and be denied health care. I think health care should be a right to all,” he added.
Booker’s announcement is seen by many as a possible entry into the 2020 Presidential race; fueling speculation the liberal Senator may use the nation’s healthcare system as a campaign rallying-cry for progressives within the party.
Sen. Booker joins fellow liberal lawmakers Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris in supporting Sanders’ new proposal, which is expected to be unveiled later this week.