Medicare for All Act of 2019 (Jayapal)
To establish an improved Medicare for All national health insurance program.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
3(a) SHORT TITLE
.—This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Medicare for All Act of 2019’’.
The following people are available for interviews and follow up:
(in person and/or phone)
Dr. Mike Huntington, Physicians for a National Health Care Program: 541-829-1182Debby Schwartz, Health Care for All Action National Strategy Chair: 503-757-1181Lisa Stiller,Supporter, Health Care for All Oregon Action: 775-232-2823Betsy Zucker, Nurses for Single Payer: 503-442-1160Oregon advocates for a Medicare for All, comprehensive, universal health care system are excited about today’s unveiling of HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019 in Washington, DC. The legislation builds upon the former HR 676, aiming to assure that everyone residing in the US will have guaranteed health care, including comprehensive benefits such as vision, dental, long term care, and mental health care.A 2018 Reuters-Ipsos survey found that 70% of Americans support a universal health care system: 85% Democrats and 52% Republicans. Doctors representing Physicians for a National Health Care Program, who have been working towards a Medicare for All health care system in Oregon and the US, say that it will reduce suffering and make health care accessible to all. “All Oregon physicians have taken care of patients who could not afford medical care…The Medicare for All Act of 2019 Act will reduce this suffering by making health care accessible and affordable to all Americans,” said Dr. Mike Huntington, a retired Radiation Oncologist and PNHP member. “We have witnessed patients coming in for treatment of cancer and other illnesses after suffering and delaying months or even years because they were more afraid of cost than their illness.”Under the Medicare for all Act of 2019, patients will receive the care they need, when they need it. Employment or economic status will no longer be a determinant whether people get medical care.Nurses have also been advocating for a comprehensive health care system. “Private health insurance adds nothing of value to providing actual health care,” said Carole Most, Board President of Nurses for Single Payer. “Instead, they reap large profits for their shareholders. Imagine how many people could be helped with the (undisclosed) amount of money that Moda Health payed for naming rights to the Rose Garden. As advocates for our patients and our community, we enthusiastically support the Medicare for All Act of 2019, and look forward to a system in which our patients needs are more important than corporate profits.”The Medicare for All Act of 2019 will eliminate all copays and deductibles. “It will cover everybody from the cradle to the grave. There will be no financial deterrence that keep people from getting the care they need. This is the most comprehensive and detailed Medicare for All legislation to have been written yet,” said Debby Schwartz, who chairs the National Strategy Committee of Health Care for All Oregon – Action. “We are thrilled thrilled that this bill is getting a hearing in the House and that Medicare for All is experiencing momentum and support.”In her statement, Representative Jayapal reminded her audience that the US pays more per capita than any other developed nation for health care while falling way behind other developed countries in many critical health care outcomes, with money going towards high administrative costs and health care industry profits rather than patient care. Here in Oregon, according the Oregon Health Authority, about 6% (about 243,000 people) of Oregonians still lack health care insurance, and many of those covered still struggle to access care due to soaring copays, premiums, and deductibles.“Health Care is human right. We must stop putting profits before people. The Medicare for All Act of 2019 should have the support of all of us. No one’s health should have a price tag on it that prevents them from getting care,” said Lisa Stiller, a member of Health Care for All Action.The bill has over 100 sponsors. Some of that support is coming from Oregon representatives Earl Blumenhour, Peter DeFazio, and Suzanne Bonamici. Senator Jeff Merkley has signed on to S 1804, Senator Bernie Sanders Medicare for All Act of 2017.Advocates urge Representatives Kurt Schrader and Greg Waldon to join in the effort to bring health care for all and sign on to the Medicare for All Act of 2019.