Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) joined 112 Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives as a co-sponsor of H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act.
“Since my very first days in Congress, I’ve strongly held the belief that health care is a fundamental right for all, not a privilege for a few. No individual should ever be denied care or worry about costs when sick. But, for far too many Americans today, that is not the reality. Despite the incredible progress we’ve made because of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, we continue to see Americans crushed by the health insurance industry and health care remains a right that far too many New Mexicans and far too many Americans struggle to gain. It’s why I’m proud to announce my support of Medicare for All – bold legislation that will greatly enhance the ability for Americans to receive care. After working with Congresswoman Jayapal’s office to ensure veteran and Native health concerns were properly addressed, I am proud to add my name to the legion of patients, activists, and lawmakers who’ve endorsed Medicare For All,” said Assistant Speaker Luján.
“I applaud Assistant Speaker Luján for co-sponsoring Medicare for All and taking a bold step to ensuring that quality and affordable health care is available for everyone in this country. He and I worked closely in the early days of this Congress on this bill to ensure that Indian Health Services and medical care through Veterans Health Administration would remain available for those who prefer to seek care and treatment in those settings. I appreciate his support and look forward to closely working with Assistant Speaker Luján to ensure health care is a right for everyone,” said Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash).