In the Senate
Support in the Senate for Medicare-for-All has brought single-payer health care into the mainstream of policy debate like never before. The 16 cosponsors in the Senate highlight that it is no longer possible for elected officials to avoid answering questions about single-payer or dismissing it out of hand. This record number of cosponsors is an important sign of how strong the movement for Medicare-for-All has become.
“Now is the time to tell members of Congress that their job is to protect the American people, not the insurance companies and the drug companies. Now is the time for Medicare-for-All.”
“Health care should be a right, not a privilege. This should not be a partisan issue. It shouldn’t even be a bipartisan issue. It should be a nonpartisan issue.”
“Medicare-for-All is one way that we can give every single person in the country access to high quality health care. Everyone is covered. Nobody goes broke paying a medical bill. Families don’t have to bear the costs of heartbreaking medical disasters on their own. The American people have made it clear that they believe health care is a basic human right — but it will be a tough fight. The giant insurance and drug companies will send out their army of lobbyists to fight our Medicare-for-All bill every step of the way.”
“What we have right now as a country is where just because of your wealth will depend on whether you have health care or not. You should not be punished because you are working class or poor and be denied health care. I think health care should be a right to all.”
In the House
There are now 122 cosponsors for Medicare-for-All in the House of Representatives, more than two-thirds of the Democratic causus. The richest country in history can afford to provide guaranteed health care to all of its people. After all, every other wealthy country already does so. It’s long past time for the United States to adopt a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system that will cover every American as a matter of right.
“Countries around the world have shown that government funded health care works in delivering quality, affordable and accessible health care to all – and saves us money as we improve health care for all.”
“It’d be one thing if we were saying, look, we need to subsidize lifesaving drugs for people in the [developing] world because they can’t afford it, but that’s not what’s going on. What’s going on is, other countries have figured out that corporations shouldn’t be making record profits. [Medicare for All] isn’t just morally right — it’s economically right.”
“I was fighting for single-payer health care since before you were born and won’t stop until all Americans have access!”
“Medicare-for-All means never having to worry about going bankrupt because of a severe illness. It means never watching a parent or grandparent cut their pills in half because they can’t afford their medications. It means never letting a health insurance executive get between you and your doctor. And it means that a health insurance corporation will never profit by denying you or a loved one necessary care. The time for small ideas and half-measures is over. The American people demand action and that is why the time is now to support Medicare-for-All.”
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