Medicare Expansion

For coverage expansion plans, your Senate sponsor scorecard

Timothy Kelley
Senior Contributing Editor

An old definition of a U.S. senator—someone who works at one end of Pennsylvania Avenue and wants to live at the other—has a new addendum, at least among Democrats (and a certain independent) in bluish states. Today, a senator is also someone with a health care coverage expansion plan that starts with M, for Medicare or Medicaid. The check marks in this table show current health-reform bills cosponsored by 15 key senators. (M doesn’t stand for monogamy—several senators have put their names on more than one bill.)

Medicare for All Medicare-X Choose Medicare Medicare at 55 Medicaid for All
Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)
Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)