Sanders offers bill to expand Medicare to all

In this July 9, 2017 photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a “Care Not Cuts” rally in support of the Affordable Care Act in Covington, Ky. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is declining to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders’ universal health care bill saying that while she has long supported the idea the bill captures, of everybody getting health coverage, “Right now I’m protecting the Affordable Care Act.” (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders is offering legislation to expand Medicare to provide health insurance for all Americans.

They would get health coverage simply by showing a new government-issued card. And they’d no longer owe out-of-pocket expenses like deductibles.

But the Vermont independent’s description of the legislation lacks specifics about how much it would cost and final decisions about how he’d pay for it.

Sanders was unveiling his bill Wednesday, the same day Republican senators were rolling out details of a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Sanders’ bill won’t go anywhere with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling Congress. But it’s a touchstone for the Democratic Party’s liberal, activist base.

The Republican effort to dismantle Obama’s law is also a long shot.

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