We brought our #PowerToThePolls in November, electing a #WomensWave to Congress. With a growing progressive caucus inside the most diverse Congress in U.S. history, it’s time to push forward our agenda -- the Women’s Agenda. First up on the list? Achieving Medicare for All, because access to healthcare is a key part of every woman’s life.
On Friday, January 18th, one day before the 2019 Women’s March on Washington, Women’s March and our friends at Center for Popular Democracy Action, Social Security Works, and National Nurses United, will be holding a lobby day on Capitol Hill to demand that our legislators support the Medicare for All bills being introduced by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as 22 other urgent policies that make up the Women’s Agenda.
In the previous session, the Medicare for All bill in the House had the support of 123 House representatives. We’re going to make sure that the new members of Congress hear our demands on healthcare. It is far past time for the U.S. to join every other industrialized country and guarantee healthcare for every resident through Medicare for All. We want to ensure that when Congresswoman Jayapal and Senator Sanders introduce the Medicare for All bills this session, all the Representatives and Senators we worked to elect stand with them!
The for-profit health insurance system in the U.S. fails to provide quality healthcare to Americans, while wasting billions of dollars every year in profits and unnecessary administrative costs. Roughly 30 million Americans are uninsured, and tens of millions more cannot obtain the care they need, even though they have insurance, because of high deductibles and co-pays. Despite this, the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on healthcare per capita than any other major industrialized country. Medicare for All would improve and expand the Medicare program, ensuring that every woman -- cisgender, transgender, and non-binary and gender non-conforming femmes -- and person living in the U.S. has guaranteed, therapeutic health care.