After SCOTUS Upholds ACA, Progressives Set Sights on Medicare for All
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“The court’s decision to not overturn the ACA and throw 31 million Americans off their healthcare is welcome. But it’s not enough,” tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a lead congressional advocate of implementing a single-payer system in the United States.
The US Department of Health and Human Services earlier this month revealed that a record 31 million people have health coverage through the ACA, which health justice advocates have long criticized as inadequate while Republican political leaders have repeatedly attacked it with lawsuits—including Supreme Court challenges in 2012 and 2015. The Urban Institute recently estimated (pdf) that striking down the 2010 law, also known as Obamacare, would leave over 21 million people uninsured.
“Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege,” Sanders declared Thursday. “We must join other major countries in guaranteeing healthcare for all and pass Medicare for All.”
That message was echoed by the groups Healthcare-NOW and Social Security Works, as well as Michael Lighty, who is currently head of the state single-payer coalition Healthy California Now and has spent the past three decades fighting for Medicare for All.
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June 18, 2021 at 1:26 PM #430258Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Or the Squad forced a vote on Medicare for All in exchange for voting for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. Or have done anything at all to actually advance progressive legislation. Introducing bills and then not fighting for them, loudly and publicly, does not count.
I do not believe them. I do not trust them, and have absolutely no reason to do so.
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June 18, 2021 at 9:45 PM #430302
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