April 26, 2019
Tuesday: Medicare for All Hearing Sets Stage for Revolutionary Change
Public Citizen Can Explain How Medicare for All Would Cut Health Care Spending
WHAT: The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules will hold a hearing to discuss the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384.) The bill was introduced in February by U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and more than 100 original co-sponsors.
For more than 40 years, Public Citizen has called for legislation that would guarantee health care for all. According to a recent Public Citizen report, Medicare for All would mean reduced health care spending, both for Americans and for the country as a whole. Such a system would save middle-class families up to 14 percent compared to their current health care spending and would reduce health care administrative spending by $500 billion per year and pharmaceutical costs by $115 billion per year.
Melinda St. Louis, director of Public Citizen’s Medicare for All campaign will be available at the hearing for comment.
“This hearing signals that the growing public demand for Medicare for All is too loud for Congress to ignore any longer,” said St. Louis. “Medicare has successfully achieved universal coverage for Americans 65 and older since its passage more than 50 years ago. It’s time to improve Medicare and finally expand it to everyone in America.”
Eagan Kemp, health care policy advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, will be submitting testimony for the record.
WHEN: 10 a.m. EDT, Tues., April 30
WHERE: Room H-313 – The U.S. Capitol Building
LIVESTREAM: Will be available on the Rules Committee’s website.