Senate Introduces Medicare for All Act of 2017

Senate Introduces Medicare for All Act of 2017

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.

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Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.