Updated March 21, 2019
On February 27, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced H.R. 1384, To establish an improved Medicare for All national health insurance program. Read the UE Political Action Update about the bill introduction.
Call your Member of Congress NOW at (202) 858-1717 and tell them to co-sponsor H.R. 1384.
- The bill will guarantee quality, therapeutic care to every person in the United States.
- There will be a comprehensive package of benefits, including primary care, hospital and outpatient services, prescription drugs, dental, vision, audiology, women’s reproductive health services, maternity and newborn care, long-term care services and supports, mental health and substance abuse treatment, laboratory and diagnostic services, ambulatory services and more.
- Patients will have the complete freedom to choose the doctors, hospitals and other providers they wish to see without worrying about whether a provider is “in network.”
- There will be no premiums, no co-pays and no deductibles—and no charges whatsoever at the point of service.
- The bill preserves the ability of veterans to receive their medical benefits and services through the Veterans Administration if they wish, and of Native Americans to receive their medical benefits and services through the Indian Health Service, if they wish.
We are in a historic moment in the movement for Medicare for All single-payer healthcare. A record number of House candidates ran on Medicare for All in the midterm elections, and we now have record high support among the public.
Call your Representative NOW at (202) 858-1717 and ask them to sign on.
Then get your co-workers, friends and family to call.
Other Ways to Take Action
- Download a leaflet to pass out in the shop
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper
- Join a Medicare for All action near you
- Healthcare Cost Calculator Worksheet — use it to figure out how much you and your coworkers are already paying for healthcare
- Full text & summaries of H.R. 1384 from Rep. Jayapal's office
- UE Policy: Healthcare for All
- Fact sheet about the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act (January 2019, PDF)
- Single Payer: Improved Medicare for All brochure from Healthcare-NOW! (Updated January 2019)
- Economic Analysis of Medicare for All by researchers Robert Pollin, James Heintz, Peter Arno, Jeannette Wicks-Lim and Michael Ash (Nov 2018)