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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

Medicare for All Congressional Caucus

Medicare for All

Launched by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05), Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), the Medicare for All Congressional Caucus will help build the evidence base for Medicare for All. It will sponsor briefings on topics ranging from the basics of Medicare for All to financing to universal health care systems around the world. In development is also a clearinghouse of resources for members of Congress and their staff. Additionally, the caucus will provide an opportunity for members and their staff to interact with partners and providers across the country to gain a practical understanding of how a Medicare for All system would work.

Our principles are as follows: Health care must be affordable and accessible to everyone in the United States. One of the best ways to ensure health care for all is to use the system that already exists for millions of seniors over the last half century: Medicare. No one should be one health care crisis from bankruptcy. No one should be worried about obtaining life saving medicine due to cost or access. This caucus is committed to making sure that every American across the country has quality, affordable health care. The path forward is through Medicare for All.

 

Health care spending is skyrocketing.  Families USA has estimated that annually 26,000 adults die due to lack of access to care. In my home state of Washington, one in ten Washingtonians report having delayed needed care due to the cost.  In spite of Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act, 5.8 percent of Washington state residents remain uninsured and many more are underinsure or unable to afford deductibles and copays.

A health care system like Medicare for All promises to save billions through efficiencies. Health economics researchers have estimated that by simplifying our health care system from a multi-payer to a single-payer system would save $350 billion annually. A recent study showed that we are paying $200 billion for medical tests we don’t need. As long as there’s a financial incentive providers and insurers will be tempted to waste money on unnecessary tests and drugs all in the name of care.  One of the biggest cost drivers of our out of control health care costs is prescription drugs. Under a Medicare for All type health care system, one entity would be able to negotiate deep discounts just like the VA already does.

It’s past time for Congress to enact legislation ensuring a Medicare for All type system for all residents of the United States.  The American people have long been with us. A Commonwealth Fund ACA Tracking Survey found last year that 92 percent of working-age adults think that all Americans should have the right to affordable health care.  A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 59% of Americans support a “national Medicare for All plan.” And a recent poll conducted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus underscored the fact that ideas that we call “progressive” are really supported by the majority of Americans. Lower health care costs, the ability to negotiate prescription drug prices and removing pre-existing conditions to ensure that everyone has access to health care are ideas that Americans broadly support, and we, as members of Congress, should be delivering.

In providing a convening function, an opportunity for information exchange, and valuable connection with partners across the nation, this Congressional Medicare for All Caucus we can help get our nation closer to a healthier and more prosperous nation through affordable and accessible health care for all.

Members as of 8/13/18: (76)

  1. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) [Co-chair]
  2. Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) [Co-chair]
  3. Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12) [Co-chair]
  4. Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)
  5. Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-03)
  6. Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08)
  7. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
  8. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)
  9. Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13)
  10. Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-04)
  11. Rep. Michael E. Capuano (MA-07)
  12. Rep. Andre Carson (IN-07)
  13. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14)
  14. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27)
  15. Rep. David Cicilline (RI-01)
  16. Rep. Katherine M. Clark (MA-05)
  17. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09)
  18. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01)
  19. Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09)
  20. Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04)
  21. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44)
  22. Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-14)
  23. Rep. Eliot L. Engel (NY-16)
  24. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
  25. Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-02)
  26. Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21)
  27. Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
  28. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
  29. Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07)
  30. Rep. John Garamendi (CA-03)
  31. Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
  32. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)
  33. Rep. Al Green (TX-09)
  34. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03)
  35. Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20)
  36. Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26)
  37. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-DC)
  38. Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02) "
  39. Rep. Henry C. ""Hank"" Johnson (GA-04)"
  40. Rep. Robin L. Kelly (IL-02)
  41. Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)
  42. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)
  43. Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
  44. Rep. John Lewis (GA-05)
  45. Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33)
  46. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
  47. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
  48. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12)
  49. Rep. James (Jim) McGovern (MA-02)
  50. Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09)
  51. Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06)
  52. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)
  53. Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32)
  54. Rep. Richard M. Nolan (MN-08)
  55. Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
  56. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02)
  57. Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02)
  58. Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08)
  59. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
  60. Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13)
  61. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) "
  62. Rep. Robert ""Bobby"" Scott (VA-03)"
  63. Rep. Jose Serrano (NY-15)
  64. Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-08)
  65. Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09)
  66. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09)
  67. Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)
  68. Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01)
  69. Rep. Paul D. Tonko (NY-20)
  70. Rep. Marc A. Veasey (TX-33)
  71. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07)
  72. Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43)
  73. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
  74. Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
  75. Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
  76. Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03)
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