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House Democrats Unveil Medicare-for-All Legislation

HeadlineFeb 28, 2019

House Democrats unveiled a bill Wednesday to dramatically revamp the U.S. healthcare system. This is the bill’s chief sponsor, Congressmember Pramila Jayapal of Washington.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: “It is time to ensure that healthcare is a right and not a privilege, guaranteed to every person in our country. It is time for Medicare for all.”

Congressmember Jayapal’s “Medicare for All” bill has over 100 co-sponsors. It would expand Medicare to include dental, vision and long-term care, while making the federally run health program available to all Americans. It would eliminate health insurance premiums, copayments and deductibles, while changing how healthcare providers are paid. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, says the legislation would eliminate nearly $500 billion in waste spent annually on bureaucracy, inefficiency and excessive corporate profits.

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