Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384) on Wednesday, and already 106 cosponsors in the House of Representatives have added their name.
This is the most ambitious and groundbreaking Medicare for All bill of all time, and if passed, would completely transform our health care system by guaranteeing coverage and medical care — including dental and vision — with no copays, premiums, or deductibles.1 But introducing this bill is just the start. In order to get a vote on the House floor, we must demonstrate a growing swell of grassroots support and show just how strong our demands for Medicare for All are.
Support for Medicare for All has grown rapidly in just the past few years. According to a Reuters survey, a whopping 70% of Americans support Medicare for All. And it’s not hard to see why.
For far too long, Americans have paid the most for health care and received the least. Despite vast improvements with the Affordable Care Act, health care bills are still a leading cause of bankruptcy in America. And 1 in 4 Americans have had to forego necessary medical treatment, simply because they could not afford it.2
Medicare for All is quickly becoming a top issue on the presidential campaign trail. A similar bill in the Senate was introduced by presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, and is co-sponsored by four other candidates for president including Sens. Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker.
The tide is turning in support for a single-payer Medicare for All health care system. And together, we can achieve it.
1. ‘Medicare for all’ bill unveiled: ‘Complete transformation’ of health care, NBC News, February 26, 2019
2. 70% of Americans now support Medicare-for-all—here’s how single-payer could affect you, CNBC, August 28, 2019