On March 17, 2021, Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2021 (H.R. 1976), a landmark piece of legislation that would establish a single-payer national health program in the United States.
PNHP has endorsed this bill and urges Congress to move quickly to address decades of health-related injustices that have been made even more painfully apparent by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Overview of the Medicare for All Act
- One-page summary covering major features of the bill.
- Comparison chart contrasting Medicare for All (good) with commercial insurance (very bad).
- PowerPoint slides from Dr. Ed Weisbart offering a primer on the bill
- PNHP’s news release celebrating the bill’s introduction, as well as a news release from lead sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.).
- Full text of the Medicare for All Act.
Activism on the Medicare for All Act
- Send an email to your representative and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.
- Call your representative at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.
- Schedule an in-person meeting with your representative or a health policy staffer at their district office; this is a crucial part of building a relationship with their office.
- If your representative is already a co-sponsor, thank them for their support and ask them to push for hearings in the current session of Congress. Click HERE for a list of current co-sponsors.
- Seek out allied organizations, both locally and nationally, to expand the reach of your activism. See THIS LIST of more than 300 organizations that have endorsed the bill.
Introductory town hall
Dr. Susan Rogers: It’s time for Medicare for All
PNHP president Dr. Susan Rogers recorded a testimonial in support of the Medicare for All Act, saying, “In this country, unfortunately, we provide care for those who can pay. And for those who cannot, they get it whatever way they can. It is often too little, and too late. It’s time for Medicare for All.”