Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., revealed Sunday that Democrats are going to consider supporting the idea of a single-payer healthcare system as they roll out an economic agenda this week.
The New York Democrat told ABC's "This Week" that while the economic plan will get the attention coming up, they will look at single-payer amid continued chatter from high-profile Democrats about how to attack on the healthcare issue.
"Week after week, month after month, we're going to roll out specific pieces here that are quite different than the Democratic Party you heard in the past," Schumer said. "We were too cautious. We were too mamby-pamby."
"This is sharp, bold and will appeal to both the old Obama coalition ... and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump, the blue-collar workers. Economics are our strength, and we are going to go at it," Schumer said before being pressed by host George Stephanopoulos on single-payer specifically.
"Then we're going to look at broader things. Single-payer is on the table," Schumer said as the host quizzed him again about the issue."Sure, many things are on the table. Medicare for people above 55 is on the table. A buy into Medicare is on the table, buy into Medicaid is on the table. On the broader issues, we'll start examining them once we stabilize the system."Many high-profile Democrats have called for a single-payer system, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who made single-payer a key part of his 2016 presidential campaign.