Medicare for All

“Democrats believe that health care is a right, not a privilege, and our health care system should put people before profits.” – Democratic Party platform

Medicare for all is not mentioned specifically in our platform, however, our platform also states that “Democrats have been fighting to secure universal health care for the American people for generations.”  That is true.  It is also true that the people in America without access to health insurance, or affordable health care, need us to win this fight and to win it now.  Medicare for all is the best way to provide universal health care.

The “Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act” (H.R. 676) was introduced by Representative John Conyers (Michigan).  As of February 13, 2018, it had 120 cosponsors.  The “Medicare for All Act of 2017” (S. 1804) was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont).  As of February 13, 2018, it had 16 cosponsors.

Measures short of Medicare for all, or some other form of single-payer system, are called for specifically in our platform: “We will introduce and support legislation providing a public option for health insurance, so that all Americans will have access to truly affordable health insurance.”  And “Americans should be able to access public coverage through a public option.”

The “Choice Act” (H. R. 635) has been introduced by Representative Janice Schakowsky (IL).  As of February 13, 2018, it had 40 cosponsors.  A companion bill, the “Choice Act” (S. 194) has been introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI).  As of February 13, 2018, it had 11 cosponsors.

These bills amend the Public Health Service Act to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to offer, throughout the United States, a public health insurance option that provides value, choice, competition, and the stability of affordable, high-quality coverage.

The “Public Option Deficit Reduction Act” (H. R. 1307) has been introduced by Representative Peter DeFazio (OR).  As of February 13, 2018, it had 8 cosponsors.

This bill amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to offer a public health insurance option that ensures choice, competition, and stability of affordable, high-quality coverage throughout the United States. The bill declares that HHS’s primary responsibility is to create a low-cost plan without compromising quality or access to care.

Our platform also states that “We will pass legislation giving everyone over the age of 55 the option to buy in to Medicare.”

The “Medicare at 55 Act” (S. 1742) has been introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI). As of February 13, 2018, it has 18 cosponsors.