Dan Cantor, national director of the Working Families Party, told CNN that one of the key drivers of the groundswell of support for single payer was the GOP’s attempt to strip healthcare from more than 20 million Americans.

“In the end, the biggest impact of the Republicans’ attack on healthcare may be this: It has strengthened the resolve of many, many Americans to fight for healthcare for all,” Cantor concluded.

Over the last several months, a growing number of Democratic lawmakers have joined grassroots organizations by publicly expressing support for Medicare for All—something that, as Vox‘s Dylan Matthews notes, would not have happened several years ago.

“This is what it looks like when the center of gravity in Democratic politics shifts—towards decency and boldness.”
—Ben Wikler, MoveOn.orgAs Common Dreams reported last week, even Democrats who were once fierce opponents of single payer are now beginning to view it as the only alternative to the current for-profit system.

“This is what it looks like when the center of gravity in Democratic politics shifts—towards decency and boldness,” notes Ben Wikler, Washington director at MoveOn.org, which is backing Sanders’ Medicare for All campaign.

But, consistent with his message during the presidential race, Sanders continues to insist that real change will not come from the top down.

“Change never happens from inside of Washington, D.C. Certainly not with this president and not with this Congress. No, real change always comes from our communities and the grassroots,” Sanders concluded. “If we are still serious about transforming our country, if we are serious about rebuilding the middle class, we need to develop a political movement which is prepared to take on and defeat a ruling class whose greed is destroying our nation.”

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