Democrats cannot limit themselves to defensive efforts to salvage the Affordable Care Act at either the federal or the state level. They need to think about a more attractive national agenda in health care that reflects the lessons of the ACA and new political realities. The coming national Democratic debate is going to focus on extending Medicare—to whom, how quickly, and under what rules will be the questions.
Bernie Sanders’ 40-percent minority of platform members (of which I was one) managed to “Bern” the platform with more than two dozen big and very important amendments. As a result, Democrats and their nominee, Hillary Clinton, are now on public record in support of the most progressive policy agenda in decades.
Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, has made no secret of his intention to enter the presidential race. On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, before a boisterous crowd on the shore of Lake Champlain, he made it official.
By capturing the spotlight and forcing the conversation, progressives are gently nudging the Democratic party’s needle towards broad reforms.