Florida governor race: Gillum embraces Bernie Sanders health care proposal

Democratic governor candidate Andrew Gillum (left) and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Democratic Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum is embracing the “Medicare for All” health care plan put forward by democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Tallahassee Mayor Gillum — who raised early campaign cash from liberal luminaries George Soros, Jane Fonda and Norman Lear — has tried to position himself as the most progressive candidate in a three-way Democratic primary field that includes former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Winter Park businessman Chris King.

“As we move forward with ensuring every American has affordable health care coverage, I stand with Senator Sanders ‘Medicare for All’ proposal. It moves us closer to affordable healthcare as a right for everyone in Florida and this country, and I’m proud to support it,” Gillum said in a statement today timed to coincide with the latest collapse of Republican efforts to overhaul Obamacare.

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