Fired up by Sanders, Democrats shift left on health care

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to his campaign volunteers at the local headquarters on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky. (Miranda Pederson/Daily News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Obama administration is counting down its final year in office, many Democrats are finding less to like about the president’s health care law.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ call for “Medicare for all” seems to have fired up the aspirations of Democrats for bigger changes beyond “Obamacare.” That poses a challenge for Hillary Clinton, who’s argued the health care law is working and the nation should build on it.

Two polls released last week showed an uptick in negative ratings of the Affordable Care Act, and the shifting views seemed to come from Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.

In the latest installment of the Kaiser Family Foundation health care poll, 51 percent of Democrats said they want to expand what the law does, up sharply from 36 percent in December. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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