This week, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) introduced legislation to create a federally administered Medicare-for-all national health insurance program (see S. 1804). Sanders advocates that this bill is in response to what the people want. According to an April 2017 poll by The Economist/YouGov, 60% of the American people want to “expand Medicare to provide health insurance to every American,” including 75% of Democrats, 58% of Independents, and 46% of Republicans. While this legislation won’t pass in our current Congress, it could map out a way forward for the future.
For more information, see:
- The text of the Medicare for All Act of 2017
- A summary of the Medicare for All Act
- National Public Radio’s article, Here’s What’s in Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’ Bill