At a Thursday event celebrating the one-year anniversary of House Democrats introducing landmark Medicare for All legislation in the U.S. House, the bill’s sponsors and medical and policy experts made the case that establishing a national single-payer healthcare system is essential for racial equity.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is the lead sponsor of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384)—now backed by more than a hundred House Democrats.
“We have a burden of our healthcare system that does disproportionately affect black and brown folks… and poor communities,” Jayapal said at the event Thursday. She highlighted the disparities in health insurance coverage for people of color and recent findings that black people are three times more likely than their white peers to die of pregnancy-related causes in the United States.
Sharing updates from the event on Twitter, the group Social Security Works repeatedly declared that “#MedicareForAll is a racial justice necessity,” borrowing language from a July 2019 letter to Congress from 10 national groups “that represent people of color” in support of Jayapal’s bill and S. 1129, similar legislation that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced in April 2019.
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