Intercept’s Ryan Grim made the case explicit last week, dismissing criticism of Sanders’s bill on the grounds the bill was DOA in the Senate. AOC bluntly acknowledged to HuffPost that Medicare for All might end up as a starting point. 14 senators are co-sponsoring Sanders’ bill, support may be soft. Medicare for All co-sponsors who ran for president disavowed the bill’s ban on competing private plans (Booker and Harris). Sanders isn’t intractable on health care. He voted for the ACA and co-sponsored rival public option legislation in 2017 in a show of party unity on health care, not the message Sanders has delivered as a presidential candidate. He’s argued a grassroots revolution could change the math in Congress, that a public option “doesn’t work,” and that Warren’s plan to split his bill into two was a “major difference.” Is HE willing to tolerate a moderate case for his presidency?