It is an alternative to both Trump and Sanders
Eleven months later, Washington is still reeling from the election of President Donald Trump. Politicians, operatives and interest groups, the media, intellectuals and writers — everyone is trying to find his footing in this new and unexpected political environment. This is having a major impact on the economic-policy debate.
Democrats are moving to the left, with many, for example, supporting a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage — a harmful policy that only one year ago would have been laughed out of the conference room at the Democratic National Committee. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a self-described democratic socialist, recently released a bill that would transform U.S. health care into a single-payer system. Remarkably, likely Democratic presidential candidates are co-sponsoring the bill, including Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. This radical proposal found no home among mainstream Democrats in previous years.