Medicare for All Act Is a Roadmap to a Better Future

February 27, 2019

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Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279

Medicare for All Act Is a Roadmap to a Better Future

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and more than 100 cosponsors today introduced the Medicare for All Act, a bill to ensure that every person in the country — regardless of where they were born or their immigration status — can have access to quality health care. The bill is the first to detail a plan to create a truly all-inclusive health care system, a proposition that has gained majority public support and has become a key part of the Democratic Party’s electoral platform.

Kamal Essaheb, policy and advocacy director at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“The Medicare for All Act presents a bold vision for our country in which all people are treated with dignity and barriers to healthy, thriving communities are removed. As the most inclusive federal health care expansion proposal to date, the bill provides a roadmap to a better future — one that we at the National Immigration Law Center are proud to support.

“We all get sick — we all should have access to quality, affordable health care. Improving health outcomes for the country as a whole depends on ensuring that we can all get the care we need. At a time when the Trump administration’s cruel and exclusionary policies are inflicting harm on millions of people to the benefit of a privileged few, Rep. Jayapal’s health care proposal aims to lift us all.

“The Medicare for All Act would tear down Trump’s bureaucratic walls. We commend Rep. Jayapal and her colleagues for demonstrating the courage it takes to move our country forward and urge every lawmaker to act quickly to support this inclusive vision.”