Long-serving senator and two-time presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is the politician who, almost single-handedly, popularized Medicare for All. As he snapped at a rival during a July Democratic presidential debate: “I wrote the damn bill!”
It’s indisputable that the idea of government healthcare for all Americans has taken hold thanks to Sen. Sanders. It has distinguished his run for president, with many competitors openly supporting the Medicare For All bill he introduced in 2017.
Not surprisingly, Sanders has made high drug prices a central issue of his 2020 campaign. He proposed allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, import lower-cost drugs from Canada and base prices on an international index.
In October, Sanders suffered a sudden heart attack, which he later used to push his signature cause. Following the scare, he also scaled back his campaign, noting that his health is something that voters will consider going forward.