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Jayapal Says Medicare for All Bill Coming in Two Weeks as Expert Calls Plan 'Astonishingly Strong'

Jayapal Says Medicare for All Bill Coming in Two Weeks as Expert Calls Plan 'Astonishingly Strong'

Jake Johnson, staff writer

In just two weeks, what is being heralded as an "astonishingly strong" plan to create a Medicare for All system in the United States will be introduced in the U.S. House.

With energized grassroots activists, more than 90 congressional co-sponsors, and public opinion all firmly on her side, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) announced on Wednesday that she plans to introduce her 150-page Medicare for All bill the week after next.

I don’t know who this supposed expert, Faust, is. I’ve been involved in the National Improved Medicare for All movement for over a decade and I’ve not heard of him. Physicians for National Health Care Program and Health Over Profits, who are the experts in the field, have yet to give their full support to the Jayapal plan.

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If the bill’s not as reported, expect a lot more of these experts to magickly appear.

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Tim Faust is a Democratic Socialists of America organizer who works on health care issues.

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A lot of people don’t know how things work. As an example: take a person who doesn’t think Brand X or Brand Z is perfect enough to use to launder his clothes with. Therefore, he skips doing his laundry altogether. For months and months he whines about there not being a Brand G or a Brand P, so he could have perfectly clean and fresh smelling clothes. All the while he notices the people on the bus he rides to work with are whispering in the bus driver’s ear. They don’t sit by him anymore, either.
Then one morning the bus driver only opens the door wide enough to tell him, " You’re either on the bus or off the the bus. Right now you’re off the bus until you smell a lot better to all the other passengers. Come back when you smell a lot better; not perfect mind you, just
much better. "
Then there was this guy in Ohio who could not discern the difference between a potential Gov. Cordray and a potential Gov. DeWine…

Which is a long way of saying what exactly?

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Here’s the chair of Missouri PNHP supporting the Jayapal bill:

Here’s another PNHP piece (that ran at Common Dreams) asking Jayapal to eliminate for-profit providers in her bill, and to cover EVERYONE, whether legal resident or citizen or not:

Until something better comes along, this is the only bill that needs backing. As the article makes clear, the half measures being pushed by the “Very Serious People” will do very little to correct our problem. I have always wondered what is wrong with American politicians and business people that other countries can develop perfectly workable health plans, but our administrators are totally clueless and inept.

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Lack moral imagination, I think you meant moral courage. Didn’t You?

I agree, unless it is not actually as advertised or if they change it. It has some shortcomings a I would like to see addressed of course… doesn’t everything?
From the bare bones outlines we have seen it fits the bill of a functioning national single payer health plan similar to some of those in the rest of the civilized world.

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Of course I do hope that Representative Jayapal’s bill is as strong a national single payer system as possible. I also hope that her efforts will cause Bernie Sanders to improve his bill greatly to fall more in line with the House bill. We always see laws become worse and worse as they move through the system - it would be great, for once, to see something improve.

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Seeing is believing. Glowing pre-release reviews are hype.

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I remember Siouxrose11, and also ctrl_z, Lobo4justice, jalp5dai, and Imhotep who were all valuable commentators on this site - shame they haven’t visited for awhile.

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It should be called Medicaid for all because Medicare is something you pay for every month, along with copays, and monthly fees for extra coverage for the gap Medicare doesn’t cover, as well as dental, vision and RX.
California tried to implement Medicaid for all and found it would cost twice their entire annual state budget.

Pramila Jayapal is one of King County of Washington State’s second term progressives and a shining light for the future but I am waiting for Kim Schrier a newly elected self described progressive to show her colors as a physician on this effort. The term “medicare for all” causes me to feel that we must do better then simply expanding the existing service.
I surely would like to join with the rest of the developed nations on this critical issue.

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It is a long way of using an ill fitting metaphor to say, “I’m a neoliberal centrist democrat and I vote and demand that you also vote for the lesser of two evils. We like to equivocate, minimize, and misinform to masquerade as the most reasonable and realistic of players in the room. The perfect is the enemy of the realistic. This plan has been working well for decades. With the lesser of two evils strategy, we’ve achieved the greatest rate of wealth inequality since the gilded age. So, stop rocking the boat you idealistic and impractical swine.”

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You should read the proposed bill before commenting. It is called IMPROVED Medicare for All for a reason. That reason being that the issues you addressed are addressed in the bill: No premiums, no co-pays, no deductibles - no payment at the point of service.

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Thank you for the link. He does offer his support but he doesn’t claim to have read the Bill. If he has, he is the only one from PNHP who has.

Also he explicitly says he supports it because (to his understanding) it allows profit-making entities to participate in the system. Not as insurers, but at every other location in the system.

Mr Sannhitts, Apparently you have a very sensitive nose for progressive ideals and our side of the issues of the day… The fact is, Progressives don’t give a damn about your nose.