June 14, 2018
Rep. Pramila Jayapal Introduces Legislation to Help States Implement Single-Payer Health Care
Statements of Public Citizen Experts
Note: On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) introduced the State-Based Universal Health Care Act (H.R. 6097) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would create a new waiver authority that states could use to offer a comprehensive universal health care system that would guarantee coverage for all state residents. The waiver authority would allow states to fund their system through combining multiple federal health care funding streams.
“Rep. Jayapal’s strong support for single-payer health care, and for ensuring all Americans have access to health care, inspires us and our supporters and pushes the health care debate forward.”
– Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs, Public Citizen
“The time has come for every American to have access to the health care they need. Many states, including Washington, have single-payer efforts underway, and Rep. Jayapal’s bill would make it much easier for them to implement such a system. We applaud her dedicated leadership on ensuring everyone in the U.S. has access to guaranteed health care.”
– Eagan Kemp, health care policy advocate, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division