Sen. Bernie Sanders will be at a Friday nurses convention in San Francisco to promote his newly-unveiled Medicare For All Act of 2017.
Sanders, a Democratic senator from Vermont and former presidential candidate, will be joined by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom at the 2017 Convention of the California Nurses Association. He is expected to address the crowd at 1 p.m. at Yerba Buena Gardens at 750 Howard St. in San Francisco.
“We are enormously proud of Sen. Sanders for his sponsorship of S. 1804 and want to welcome all the activists and supporters who have worked so long with Sen. Sanders and nurses’ fight in our common fight for healthcare for all and social justice,” RoseAnn DeMoro, the association's executive director, said in a news release.
Medicare For All is Sanders' plan to offer federally run health insurance. He believes handing the government a dominant role in insuring Americans is a crucial step in guaranteeing health care for all.
Census Bureau data recently showed the proportion of people lacking policies falling to 8.8 percent last year under "Obamacare," the lowest level ever recorded, but Sanders called it an "international disgrace" that not all Americans have coverage.
The waning desire of GOP lawmakers to revive their failed effort to scrap Obama's law contrasted with growing, though wary, Democratic support for Sanders' bill. It has attracted 16 co-sponsors, one-third of all Senate Democrats, though most are from safely Democratic states.
Sanders' plan, however, is going nowhere in the current GOP-controlled Congress.