WASHINGTON – Our Revolution today announced their support of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act of 2019. Sen. Sanders introduced this vital legislation with more than a dozen co-sponsors, signaling the growing support for reforming our health care system.
“We have said all along that health is a right that should belong to all human beings, not a privilege to be attained or discriminately doled out,” said Our Revolution Board Chair Larry Cohen. “Democrats must reject incremental changes such as so-called “Medicare for America” plans. The millions of people who are dying for lack of basic health care in the richest nation in the world need bold action now and this bill would do that.”
Right now 40 million people cannot afford or access needed care. Sen. Sanders’ legislation will provide comprehensive health-care coverage, including preventative and primary care, in-patient and outpatient hospital services, prescription drug coverage, access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, dental and vision care, coverage for medical equipment, long-term care, and more.
Medicare for All is the only solution to controlling ballooning health-care costs while making sure all people receive the care they need. As the biggest buyer of prescription medication, Medicare will have the power to negotiate lower drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.
To ensure passage of Medicare for All, Our Revolution is working in partnership with organizations like National Nurses United, Public Citizen, and Democracy for America to push for universal health care resolutions at the state and local level through www.medicare4allresolutions.org. This tool-kit encourages activists and local government officials to pass city, town, and county resolutions in support of Medicare for All and provides them with draft legislation as well. The resolutions are an opportunity to educate the public on policies while advocating for change.
Additionally, Our Revolution groups and leaders in Texas, California, Maryland, and Massachusetts are working to pass Medicare for All legislation in their cities and state legislatures.
“We know that we cannot rely solely on elections to make Medicare for All a reality,” Cohen added. “We are building an expansive nationwide social movement for health care; one that is so big that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will have not choice but to carry out the will of the people.”