On Thursday Nancy Pelosi signaled that Medicare for All is on the table if the Democrats retake the House.
“I’ve always been for a public option so I’m always eager to talk about that,” Pelosi said when asked if Democrats would advance a public option or Medicare for All legislation if they win the House.
“Some of the other issues that have been proposed have to be evaluated in terms of the access that they give, the affordability of it and how we would pay for it, but again it’s all on the table,” she added.
Last year, Pelosi pushed back on the idea of Medicare for All, saying, “the comfort level with a broader base of the American people is not there yet.”
Medicare for All has been gaining traction among Democrats in recent years. The idea, championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is now favored by many potential 2020 Democratic presidential contenders.
Many Democratic House candidates in battleground districts support the idea as well, which Republicans think will be a liability for them.
“When they come to Congress, any of those subjects can be on the table,” Pelosi said.
She defended the current Affordable Care Act as well.
“We believe in the Affordable Care Act, that it has the structure to take us forward in many different ways,” she said.
Medicare for All is just another term for Socialized medicine or government-run health care.