Pelosi supports holding hearings on 'Medicare for all'
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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), the chairman of the Budget Committee, said last year that he planned to hold hearings on Medicare for all.
“Chairman Yarmuth plans to hold a hearing this Congress on the various approaches to expanding coverage and making health care more affordable, which would include different Medicare for All options,” spokesman Sam Lau said Thursday.
Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the Ways and Means chairman, has been more open to the idea, saying in December that Medicare for all deserved “a conversation.”
Democrats, however, face pressure from their left wing on the issue, not only from Jayapal but from a class of new members including incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Comment by Don McCanne of PNHP: The political process is evolving as it should. Every seat in the House was open for the midterm election, and the voters placed control of the House in the hands of a majority that supports comprehensive health reform, with many supporting specifically Medicare for All. It is entirely appropriate for the House to now initiate hearings on Medicare for All. Many voters and certainly several members of Congress would like to have more details on what Single Payer Medicare for All would look like and how it would work. The hearings thus can serve an important role in educating Congress and the public at large.
Since President Trump and the majority in the Senate state that they oppose Medicare for All, it is unrealistic to expect that such a program could be enacted in this session of Congress. But the next election is less than two years away and that is a very short time to inform and mobilize the political forces that would be essential for enabling enactment of Medicare for All.
The hearings will be part of the process, but it is important that we continue with our other advocacy activities as well. Special targets should include politicians who do not yet seem to understand why single payer is an imperative, and politicians who profess to be advocates but who could be swayed to support detrimental reform policies in a perversion of the process of political compromise. We need to continue to work with politicians who are already fully on board, but we should also continue our efforts to educate those who say they are opposed, if, for no other reason, they might accept defeat more readily were they to understand the clear social benefit of Medicare for All. Also we cannot let up in the least in our efforts to educate the public at large. Grassroots efforts will continue to be an essential component of the reform effort.
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January 5, 2019 at 3:38 AM #8716Joe ShlabotnikParticipant
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<p style=”padding-left: 30px;”>But they’ll have hearings, and promptly dismiss Medicare for all as pie in the sky, just as the primary election cycle heats up.</p>
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January 5, 2019 at 7:34 AM #8732djean111Participant
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And Pelosi can point out that the progressives signed the bill, knowing it would prevent Medicare for All. IMO – took Medicare For All right out of the 2020 dialogue. Well played!
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January 5, 2019 at 11:04 AM #8777Ohio BarbarianModerator
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succeeded in shelving it until the next election, but it does not matter. There are still too many Vichy Dems in the House to pass it now, and it has no chance of making it through the Senate so Trump can veto it.
Pelosi played it as well as she could for her donors, but in the end this is just a delaying tactic that can still fail in 2021.
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