Sanders Proposes Medicare-for-All
Addressing a rally outside the Capitol to mark the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday announced that he will introduce legislation to provide Medicare-for-all health insurance.
“We need to expand Medicare to cover every man, woman and child as a single-payer national health care program,” Sanders told a rally held by National Nurses United in a park near the Capitol.
Today, Medicare provides reliable, affordable health care coverage to some 55 million American seniors and people with disabilities. For Alan from Bend, Oregon, access to Medicare was a lifesaver. He explained in a letter to Sanders: "Last year my heart-rate was sometimes dropping to 33 bpm causing dizziness and severe sluggishness to the point that I could barely function. Medicare paid for surgery to implant a pacemaker in my chest and now I feel much better. Otherwise without Medicare I'd have been unable to afford that required procedure and would be incapacitated.”
Providing health insurance for everyone in the United States would result in better care, improved access and lower costs by eliminating the middle-man role played by insurance companies that now rake in billions of dollars in profits. Sanders’ bill, which he said he will soon introduce in the Senate, would set federal guidelines and strong minimum standards for states to administer single-payer health care programs.
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Agenda for America
- The Lawmaker: Sen. Bernie Sanders passed bipartisan legislation and forged strong relationships with members of both parties, the National Journal reported. Lawmakers point to last year's deal to improve the Veterans Affairs Department, an amendment to the Dodd-Frank bill that led to the first audit of the Federal Reserve, funding in the 2008 stimulus bill for clean-energy initiatives and language in the Affordable Care Act to increase funding for community health centers.