‘Everyone In, Nobody Out’: Jayapal, Dingell Introduce Medicare for All Act With 112 Co-Sponsors
March 17, 2021 at 8:56 PM - Views: 94 #411340Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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Affirming that healthcare is a basic human right and that people must come before profits, Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2021 on Wednesday, exactly one year after the first coronavirus cases were confirmed in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
“In the wealthiest nation on Earth, patients should not be launching GoFundMe pages to afford lifesaving healthcare for themselves or their loved ones.”
—Rep. Debbie Dingell
Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Dingell (D-Mich.) unveiled the landmark legislation at a virtual town hall Wednesday afternoon, where they highlighted the devastating effects of a virus that has killed more than 537,000 people in the United States while leaving millions more uninsured due to pandemic-related job loss and underemployment.
The bill (pdf)—backed by a record 112 House co-sponsors—guarantees healthcare to every U.S. resident as a human right. It provides comprehensive benefits including primary care, vision, dental, prescription drugs, mental health, long-term services and supports, reproductive healthcare, and other services. It eliminates copays and private insurance premiums…
On Tuesday, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen published a report showing that around 40% of U.S. Covid-19 infections and 33% of virus deaths are attributable to a lack of adequate health insurance coverage. At the onset of the pandemic, around 87 million Americans were uninsured or underinsured…
March 17, 2021 at 9:55 PM #411346jbnwParticipant
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March 17, 2021 at 10:27 PM #411355HassleCatParticipant
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M4A is hugely popular. The public learned a valuable lesson during the pandemic. And the big Covid relief bill is making people think, “Hey! Maybe the government exists for a reason, not just to help corporations and insurance companies. The timing is good for forcing Biden’s support. The usual excuses are going to be met with significant public opposition.
March 17, 2021 at 11:27 PM #411378gordyflParticipant
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March 17, 2021 at 9:56 PM #411347Passionate ProgressiveParticipant
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and the ‘112 co-sponsors’ on force the vote……
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63
March 17, 2021 at 10:46 PM #411374chknltlParticipant
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Therefore I won’t as others might do, shoot the messenger.
Jayapal, Dingell and their 112 co-sponsors have my support on this Bill.
March 18, 2021 at 1:49 AM #411405jbnwParticipant
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But I don’t expect it to go anywhere. Good luck to us in the Senate and White House . . .
Lots of stories on pushing Biden left, including the Washington Post, behind a paywall but not a word I can find from the White House; here’s one from Fox.
House Dems renew push for ‘Medicare-for-all,’ pressure Biden to move left
March 17, 2021 at 10:58 PM #411375EnthusiastParticipant
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it will give you an idea how I feel about M4A.
I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".
March 18, 2021 at 3:32 AM #411416Snort McDorkParticipant
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It’s only a gesture or symbolic acknowledgement of supporting a bill.
I didn’t know that at first until Bernie or Nina mentioned it last year during his campaign. Maybe it was Krystal.
So, file this under “I’ll believe it when I see it”.
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March 18, 2021 at 11:47 AM #411442djean111Participant
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I have to snicker at lists of how progressive Democrats in Congress are that are based on bills they co-sponsor.
America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)
March 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM #411443Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Which is exactly why these fake progressive Dems are introducing it now. They could have insisted on it as a price for their votes for the CARES Act. They could have insisted on it in exchange for their votes for Pelosi as Speaker. They could have insisted on it as the price for them supporting Biden’s recent relief package.
The fact is that they did not. They are only introducing it now because Nancy Pelosi gave them permission to do so, and she only did because she knows it doesn’t have the votes to pass the House, and if by some miracle it does, that it will fail in the Senate. In short, this is more kabuki theater and celebrity politician posturing, and that’s all it is unless Joe Biden goes out front and center and campaigns for it.
That’ll be the day. –John Wayne
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March 18, 2021 at 1:24 PM #411452David the GnomeParticipant
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Perhaps not in the next few years, but it has majority support and – more importantly for politics, it is a winning issue for candidates. Fact of the matter is, our healthcare system can’t keep bleeding us like this.
We can’t afford it. Reform – I would bet the 50 dollars currently in my checking account that some type of universal coverage will pass within ten years.
March 18, 2021 at 1:34 PM #411453MizzGrizzParticipant
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@davidthegnome,but it isn’t something we can count on.In ten years or ever.
Remember Hillary mooing that Medicare For All would “ never,ever,ever happen”?She knew.She knew what the rich people,the ones who run this country,had already decided.And that is that they will not,,will not give up even a nickel of their income so that others can have decent healthcare or a living wage.
March 18, 2021 at 10:56 PM #411605EarthartistParticipant
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I would guess in 10 years thing in the world may be drastically different.
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