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The comparisons between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders would not exist without “centrists.” Currently, it’s the “far-right” whose isolationist ideology is getting a boost into the mainstream and by the mainstream, now that Donald Trump holds the presidency. But while “centrism” has been the driving force in legislation, it appears that it can also be driven by whatever is in its orbit, especially when what’s in the “centrists'” orbit is appropriately, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

This week, almost every Democrat who has a mid-term election to maintain from both chambers have shown their support for Sen. Sanders’ and Rep. John Conyers’ (D-MI) Medicare single-payer plan. The time is obviously now for every part of the leftist spectrum to unite behind a health care-for-all plan, even with those who consider themselves “centrists”, as they lose political influence.

For those who are unaware of the comparisons of a single-payer system to what is currently in place, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — often referred to as Obamacare, really doesn’t give people options for more affordable health care outside of the ACA. This is because, even when purchased in the market, customers are still facing high premiums. The only other option is to face the same problem with even more expensive health care outside of the ACA.

But that isn’t entirely the fault of the ACA, however, because with more insurers in the marketplace, health care plans would be more affordable. Republicans are really to blame for all of that since they and their President Trump have created a climate of uncertainty for those insurers.

One can also look at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who put caps on risk corridors for insurers, initially, what lured providers to join the marketplace. Democrats are only to blame for not thinking past the need to rely on those insurance companies, which is one way to also see the limits of centrism.

If among the insurgency that makes up the base of Trump supporters are people who are really hurting and not just a troll army of chaos, than it’s obvious that they too would want to have free health care. The ideological differences is that Trump’s supporters are more conditioned to have health care for themselves as opposed to health care for everyone. Either way, it’s quite acceptable.

But the growing popularity around “free health care for everyone” would easily create another political mess for Republicans. Especially since their seven years of trying to repeal and replace the ACA has repeatedly failed for being terribly unpopular and projected to take away health care from 20+ millions of people, many said to be Trump supporters. Also, in light of what’s happened in recent weeks where President Trump turned the tables on devoted Republicans by spontaneously accepting a three-month budget deal with Democrats.

It also didn’t stop there, as it was reported this week that Trump has also been working with Democrats on legislation to protect DREAMers, or the children of illegal immigrants who are supposed to be protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The President announced this month that he would rescind the program and give U.S. Congress 6-months to replace it.

Despite the President’s hostility against Democrats and his defiance against bipartisanship for the first eight-months of his presidency, President Trump has an opportunity to use brutal force of his ignorance to get Congress to legislate health care coverage for everyone, if he throws his support behind a single-payer Medicare plan for everyone. It was his campaign promise after all. And, if he really wanted to do something to spite Republicans, siding with the Left on single-payer would certainly make “the failing” GOP scramble.

There is of course, the reality of an unhinged President with a Twitter account.

Threatening to veto a single-payer bill isn’t surprising given that he has no interest in legislating, an ideology to settle on or real interest in getting affordable health care coverage for the American people. But single-payer is certainly building momentum with the public and hopefully, could be the next commonsense step towards health care in America, should Americans send a surge of progressive lawmakers towards Washington next year.

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