U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison Is a Strong Champion for Medicare-for-All at a Crucial Time for Health Care

March 7, 2018

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison Is a Strong Champion for Medicare-for-All at a Crucial Time for Health Care

Statements of Public Citizen Experts

Note: Today, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) took over leadership of the Expanded & Improved Medicare-For-All Act (H.R. 676), via unanimous consent on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“We know that the richest country in history can afford to provide guaranteed health care to all of its people because every other wealthy country already does so. It’s long past time for the United States to adopt a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system that will cover every American as a matter of right. Rep. Ellison is ready to fight for Medicare-for-All so that we can finally join the rest of the industrialized world in guaranteeing health care to everyone.”

-Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen

“With 120 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 15 co-sponsors in the Senate, Rep. Ellison is taking over H.R. 676 at an important point in the fight for Medicare-for-All. As a prominent progressive leader on a variety of issues, we couldn’t be happier to have him leading on Medicare-for-All.”

-Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs, Public Citizen

“Rep. Ellison brings an excitement and enthusiasm to leading the fight for Medicare-for-All in the House of Representatives. He will be building on the momentum that the movement has built over the past few years. In the wealthiest country in the world, it is outrageous that nearly 30 million Americans are without health insurance, leading tens of thousands to die each year. In addition, tens of millions more have high out-of-pocket costs and cannot afford to use the insurance they have. We need Medicare-for-All to ensure that all Americans can access the care they need.”

– Eagan Kemp, health care policy advocate, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division

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