Medicare for All Just Got a Massive Boost

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      eridani
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      https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/68416-focus-medicare-for-all-just-got-a-massive-boost

      On Tuesday evening, New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, the chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, found Pramila Jayapal on the House floor and casually shared with her news of what is arguably the most consequential development in the legislative history of the push for Medicare for All.

      Jayapal represents the Seattle area and is chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She had scheduled the unveiling of her Medicare for All bill for the following morning, and had spent the past few months rounding up co-sponsors for it. Momentum is everything on Capitol Hill, and backers of the bill needed to show a substantial amount of support to keep it going. When Pallone saw her, he told her not just that he would be co-sponsoring Medicare for All, but that he would be holding a hearing on it this term.

      That night, news of his sponsorship ricocheted privately through the world of activists and organizers who’ve spent years working on the legislation in the wilderness. Jayapal would come to the virtual podium the next day with 113 co-sponsors — that was six more than she had the last time around, even though there were many fewer Democrats in the Caucus this time. It’s still, though, more than 100 votes short of what you need for a majority to pass it. We’ll talk with Congresswoman Jayapal later in the episode, as well as with physician Abdul El-Sayed, co-author of the recent book “Medicare For All: A Citizen’s Guide.”

      First though, an update on a few developments on two big questions that come before anything else, because without answering these, nothing as substantial as Medicare for All has a chance of making it through Congress. I’m talking about the fight over the filibuster, and the related battle over H.R.1, the For the People Act, which rewrites election and campaign finance laws. We did episodes on both of those back in early February.

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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/17/everyone-nobody-out-jayapal-dingell-introduce-medicare-all-act-112-co-sponsors

      In a statement introducing the bill, Jayapal noted that the country is currently experiencing the highest increase in uninsured people ever recorded. “While this devastating pandemic is shining a bright light on our broken, for-profit healthcare system, we were already leaving nearly half of all adults under the age of 65 uninsured or underinsured before Covid-19 hit,” said Jayapal. “And we were cruelly doing so while paying more per capita for healthcare than any other country in the world.”

      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.

      “There is a solution to this health crisis—a popular one that guarantees healthcare to every person as a human right and finally puts people over profits and care over corporations,” said Jayapal. “That solution is Medicare for All—everyone in, nobody out—and I am proud to introduce it today alongside a powerful movement across America.”

      “Physicians cannot give patients the care they need in a fractured and profit-driven system,” said Dr. Susan Rogers, a Chicago-based internal medicine physician and president of Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP), in a statement. “For too long, doctors have watched helplessly as our patients delayed or skipped needed care—even walked out of our hospital doors—because they could not afford to pay.”

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      But the dude said he would hold a hearing on this sometime in the near future.

      Is that hearing going to be after several more thousand people lose their lives from a treatable illnesses?

      Just wondering.

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