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Watch Live: Sanders Introduces 2017 Medicare for All Act


Watch Live: Sanders Introduces 2017 Medicare for All Act

Common Dreams staff

At a much-anticipated event in Washington, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and 16 Democratic co-sponsors are introducing the 2017 Medicare for All Act, which aims to "revolutionize" American healthcare by replacing the current for-profit system with a single-payer program that would provide insurance to all Americans as a right.


The plan looks good – even with its 4-year phase-in for millions. The issue is now to make sure we don’t allow the Dems (even the new co-signers) to water this down as we use it to build power, win the issue and build a progressive U.S. electoral party to fight the Duopoly stranglehold.


This appears to be the hyped bill with no chance of passing in the history of Congress. It is important to keep in mind that Congress has been compared with a sausage factory. What comes out looks very different than what goes in. The Republicans are reportedly working on throwing healthcare to the states. That means it is worth asking if there any common ground between this approach and that approach. Probably not. The winner will be gridlock. The goal for individuals under age 65 will probably remain trying to get and keep a job at an organization that provides good benefits for healthcare or doing the best you can with the ACA.


Medicare-for-All - all for it! Did not get a chance to see/hear the announcement. So what I’d like to know is:

  1. What does the plan include?
  2. How will it be paid for, including how much people will NOT have to pay to insurance companies?
  3. How will the transition take place?


Hi Tom,

You and the other readers may want to join the free webinar tomorrow:

TODAY, Bernie Sanders introduced single-payer bill in the Senate!

Along with 15 co-sponsors, Bernie Sanders introduced Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care legislation in the U.S. Senate today. There is more support right now in Congress (the House and the Senate) than at any time in history.

Co-sponsoring the bill with Bernie Sanders are the following. If your Congress persons are not on this list call them and ask them why not and when they will be.

Cory Booker (NJ)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
Kamala Harris (CA)
Elizabeth Warren (MA)
Patrick Leahy (VT)
Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Jeff Merkley (OR)
Ed Markey (MA)
Martin Heinrich (NM)
Tom Udall (NM)
Brian Schatz (HI)
Mazie Hirono (HI)
Richard Blumenthal (CT)
Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Al Franken (MN)

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Now, you’re a futurist/visionary of the dystopian ilk.
Give it a rest and go back to your regularly scheduled programming.


Now that was an example of leadership.