Portland DSA’s Medicare for All campaign has been working hard to keep the pressure on two key Oregon members of Congress in order to pass Medicare for All. Between the Senate and the US House, there are two electeds from Oregon who have not yet co-sponsored their respective versions of Medicare for All. Those Congress members are Senator Ron Wyden, and Representative Kurt Schrader.
Rep. Schrader is the target for the House bill, H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019, and has a primary challenger in 2020. Schrader sits on the important Energy and Commerce Committee which the bill will have to go through in order to get to a floor vote. Schrader is a member of the infamous “Blue Dog Dems Caucus.” An unsavory character with poor judgement, he is a part of the failing branch of the Democratic party and a perfect example of why Democrats at the electoral level of politics are out of touch with the American people.
Portland DSA’s Medicare for All campaign had the opportunity to pressure Rep. Schrader at his Town hall in May, and got the opportunity to ask him some pointed questions while he was coming off a flight. Neither interactions bode well for him becoming a co-sponsor of the bill but both were great opportunities to let him and his staff know that we are organizing in his district and that we will keep fighting for Medicare for All.
Keep up the good fight comrades!