Philadelphia Suburb Votes to Support Medicare for All, Urges Congress to Act

Statement of Melinda St. Louis, Director, Public Citizen’s Medicare for All Campaign

Note: Late Tuesday, the Norristown, Pa., Municipal Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of Medicare for All. Just 20 miles from Philadelphia, which passed a Medicare for All resolution last year, the borough is home to more than 35,000 people. Activists are pushing other municipalities in the area to adopt similar resolutions. Public Citizen helps lead a coalition that is mobilizing citizens nationwide to press their local governments to pass resolutions supporting Medicare for All. Learn more about Medicare for All resolutions.

From St. Petersburg, Fla., to Cook County, Ill., and now to Norristown. Cities large and small are demanding that Congress pass Medicare for All.

This is how change happens, with grassroots efforts from activists and regular Americans demanding action from their elected officials.

Momentum is building in localities all around the country for universal health care. It’s time for Congress to wake up to the impacts of our fragmented health care system and implement a solution that will provide health care to everyone.

This resolution sends a powerful message to U.S. Rep Madeleine Dean that her constituents want her and her colleagues to support the Medicare for All Act of 2019.  Municipalities across the country are demanding that health care be treated as a right, not a privilege. It’s only a matter of time until that becomes a reality.