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U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) have introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2021 (H.R. 1976), endorsed by 300 local, state, and national organizations and co-sponsored by more than half of the House Democratic Caucus including 14 committee chairs and key leadership Members.

This bill expands and improves on Medicare to provide comprehensive benefits to all with no copays, private insurance premiums, deductibles, or other cost-sharing.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the deep flaws in the United States' for-profit healthcare system. Nearly 100 million people are uninsured or underinsured. The current system exists to benefit corporations and deliver huge profits to corporate CEOs. But as progressives, we know that healthcare is a human right and it’s past time that we guarantee healthcare to every person in the United States.

Most rich countries spend much less on healthcare and provide it for everyone. They use non-profit systems like single-payer that cut out the middleman, the bureaucracy, the advertising, and the profit motive.

The Medicare for All Act builds upon and expands Medicare to provide comprehensive benefits to every person in the United States. This includes primary care, vision, dental, prescription drugs, mental health, substance abuse, long-term services and supports, reproductive health care, and more.

The Medicare for All Act of 2021 also includes universal coverage of long-term care with no cost-sharing for older Americans and individuals with disabilities, and prioritizes home and community-based care over institutional care. Additionally, patients have the freedom to choose the doctors, hospitals, and other providers they wish to see without worrying about whether a provider is in-network. Importantly, the legislation streamlines the health care system to negotiate drug prices and reduce exorbitant administrative waste.

Medicare for All is supported by 69 percent of registered voters including 87 percent of Democrats, the majority of Independents, and nearly half of Republicans. Additionally, over 50 cities and towns across America have passed resolutions endorsing Medicare for All.

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Background:
>> H.R. 1976
>> The Nation: "The Essential Pandemic Relief Bill Is Medicare For All"


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