MONDAY: Economists to Explain How Medicare for All Will Save Families, the Country Money

Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair and House Lead on Medicare for All to Discuss Legislative Efforts

WHAT: Telephone press conference at which leading economists will take on the bad faith arguments surrounding Medicare for All financing, detailing how Medicare for All will reduce overall health care costs as well as save middle-class Americans money.

Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez, economics professors at the University of California, Berkeley, and Jeffrey Sachs, an economics professor at Columbia University, will explain how Medicare for All will reduce health care costs for American families and will save the country trillions in overall health care costs. Jeannette Wicks-Lim, an economics research professor at the Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst will also be on the call.

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and lead co-sponsor of the Medicare for All legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, also will be on the call to discuss legislative efforts behind Medicare for All.

The economists will discuss how a Medicare for All system will lead to increased take-home pay for most workers and reduce income inequality. To date, more than 250 economists have signed a public statement supporting Medicare for All, noting that “health care is not a service that follows standard market rules” and that “public financing for health is not a matter of raising new money for health care, but of reducing total health care outlays and distributing payments more equitably and efficiently.”

WHO: U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus

Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez, economics professors at the University of California, Berkeley

Jeffrey Sachs, economics professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, economics research professor at the Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Melinda St. Louis, director, Public Citizen’s Medicare for All campaign

WHEN: 1 p.m. EST, Monday, Nov. 25

Call-in Information: Press can email Mike Stankiewicz, mstankiewicz@citizen.org, for call-in information