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Sanders says he will 'absolutely' introduce his 'Medicare for all' bill soon

A "Medicare for all" bill is forthcoming, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

"It seems like we're through" the Republican health-care debate, said host Jake Tapper, so "are you going to introduce single-payer?" "Absolutely, of course we are," Sanders replied. "You know, we're tweaking the final points of the bill, and we're figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together." Sanders decried the United States' unique situation as a major country without state-guaranteed health care, labeling congressional Republicans' stalled plan "crazy."

Tapper also brought up Sanders' 2020 ambitions, asking the senator if he intends to mount a second campaign for president. "I know, hard to believe!" Sanders joked, though he did not deny the possibility. However, he added, his current focus is on Senate business, not endless campaigning.

Watch two clips from the conversation below. Bonnie Kristian