Public Citizen Experts Are Available to Explain Medicare for All and to Flag Falsehoods and Misleading Statements
WHAT: The U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee will discuss “pathways to universal coverage,” likely focusing on the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384). It is the third hearing this year on Medicare for All, which is the only solution to our health care crisis.
But watch out for falsehoods and fearmongering from Republican witness Grace-Marie Turner, president of the conservative Galen Institute. Turner likely will feed lawmakers the same incorrect information she provided at a May hearing, specifically regarding the effects of Medicare for All on wait times and hospitals’ bottom lines.
In fact, Medicare for All would help struggling hospitals become financially stable by ending uncompensated care, and unmet health care needs, including wait times, would drop precipitously as cost of care is the most common reason Americans report being unable to get the care they need.
For more than 40 years, Public Citizen has called for single-payer legislation that would guarantee health care for all. Melinda St. Louis, director of Public Citizen’s Medicare for All campaign, will attend the hearing and will be available to talk to the press. Eagan Kemp, health care policy advocate, will submit a statement for the record and will live tweet the hearing.
WHEN: 10 a.m. EDT, Wed., June 12
WHERE: 1100 Longworth House Office Building, 15 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.
LIVESTREAM: Will be available on the committee’s website.
WHO: Public Citizen experts