Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Launches Medicare For All Advocacy Group
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One of the group’s goals, according to the release, is to have a resolution of support in front of the U.S. Conference of Mayors to be adopted as a policy position of that group.
The organization supports Medicare for All legislation introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. A single-payer health care system would cover all Americans, including vision, dental, hearing, prescription drugs, mental health care and more.
“The clearest lesson from the COVID-19 crisis is that healthcare must be a right for all — and not a path to bankruptcy and deeper racial disparities,” Schaaf said in the release. “We’re mobilizing local leaders to build a national movement so the next Congress will adopt legislation that brings healthcare access to all.”
There already is a logo and a website — mayors4medicare.com — that includes a place for mayors to sign up and basic information about the group.
Comment by Don McCanne of PNHP: When you study all of the inefficiencies and injustices of our health care system, it does not take much to understand the health care issues that cities face. Although some of our larger cities are able to supply some of the basic infrastructure in health care, perhaps with the backup of counties and states if they are so inclined, the role of the federal government is essential.
If you look at the Medicare program as a model, you can easily see that it would be possible for a federally financed program to ensure health care for everyone. We would merely need to improve Medicare and then expand it to cover everyone as a single payer Medicare for All program.
Today’s articles demonstrate that some city officials do recognize that the solution for their cities’ health care deficiencies would be to establish a national Medicare for All program. We should encourage our city governments to seriously consider this approach and help them to establish a national movement of Cities for Medicare for All, or Mayors for Medicare for All, or whatever name floats. Let’s just do it.
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Which is why he endorsed Biden in January 9, even before the first primaries.
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