From Carol A. Paris, M.D., President, Physicians for a National Health Program: I’m pleased to announce that Sen. Bernie Sanders, a longtime single-payer advocate, has filed a landmark single-payer bill in the Senate. The Medicare for All Act of 2017 has already earned sixteen co-sponsors, including Sens. Harris (D-Calif.), Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Shaheen (D-N.H.), Schatz (D-Hawaii), Hirono (D-Hawaii), Warren (D-Mass.), Markey (D-Mass.), Franken (D-Minn.), Booker (D-N.J.), Udall (D-N.M.), Heinrich (D-N.M.), Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Merkley (D-Ore.), Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Leahy (D-Vt.) and Baldwin (D-Wisc.).
This unprecedented surge for Medicare-for-all is because of grassroots advocates like you! Our years of phone calls, lobby visits, town hall meetings and one-on-one conversations have brought single payer to the forefront of the national health care debate.
But this is just the beginning. We must now work even harder, not just to win more support for single payer, but to implement policies that rein in skyrocketing health costs and deliver better medical outcomes for our patients.