Democrats are feeling the heat to respond to the public’s overwhelming demand for Medicare for All.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal is introducing a new bill in the House, the Medicare for All Act of 2019. There will be committee hearings on the policy, and it seems like a CBO report on single-payer healthcare is on its way. We are excited to share that the initial draft meets our principles for a truly democratic socialist single-payer system, though we recognize how vulnerable the legislation is to being watered down by corporate democrats.
With powerful donors lined up in opposition and prominent Democrats either cagily supporting Medicare for All or actively attempting to undermine it with counterfeit legislation, it’s clear that we cannot trust the Democrats to give the people what we overwhelmingly demand.
Our job is to make it clear that we will accept nothing less than a single-payer healthcare plan that meets our campaign’s five underlying principles:
- It must be a single, public program — not a patchwork.
- It must provide comprehensive coverage — that includes dental, vision, hearing, abortion, and all other necessary services.
- It must be free at the point of use — no fees, copays, no deductibles.
- It must be truly universal — all residents must be guaranteed an equal standard of care, including the undocumented.
- It must include a generous jobs program — with severance, jobs training, and retirement assistance for all impacted workers.
To seize this opening, we’re focusing our efforts on a strategic, coordinated campaign led by DSA members and chapters to build congressional support for the new House Medicare for All bill. We’ve written a handy how-to guide to help chapters organize their campaign, which includes information on everything from building a local coalition with like-minded organizations to setting up and preparing for an in-person meeting with your representative.
Here's what you can do to get involved in this campaign: