As the health care gaps — in access, ability to pay, and debilitating medical debt — become more understood, the popular movement to solve these ongoing issues continues to grow. One piece of evidence: The Midterm ballot box, where health care was on the agenda, and progressive candidates saw success.
So will 2019 be the year of “Medicare for all?”
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Writes Common Dreams: “Early in this new year, Rep. Pramilla Jayapal (D-Wa.) will be introducing an updated version of a House Medicare for All bill, buttressed by the election in November of a number of new Medicare for all House candidates. Re-introduction of a Senate bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is also expected soon.”
“Nurses and other health activists are already gearing up to increase the number of co-sponsors, especially for the House bill, long known as HR 676, and push for action on the bill now that the Democrats will be in the majority again.”
“Hundreds of activists have participated in organizing, that will include barnstorming in early February for public events and to press Congress members who have not signed on to the bill. Both Jayapal and Sanders joined a national conference call, sponsored by National Nurses United, following the election, to promote the organizing campaign. A barnstorm is a mass organizing meeting to kick start action on Medicare for all in local communities.”
The piece goes on to highlight “frequent news reports” that “demonstrate why the need for Medicare for All will only continue to grow.”
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