Representative Jim Cooper represents Tennessee. He is a Blue Dog Democrat, which means he is a fiscal conservative. Blue Dogs “work with members of both parties to find areas of compromise and to advance public policies that benefit the entire nation.”
Jim Cooper is a health policy expert. He teaches health care management at Vanderbilt University.
And now, Jim Cooper is the 100th member of Congress this year to co-sponsor HR 676: The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.
He announced his endorsement publicly on Saturday, April 15, at a town hall in Nashville. He prefaced his endorsement by saying, “The American system is a confusing hodgepodge of a lot of things, but it is primarily called a ‘market-based’ system, although it’s so confusing, it’s so wasteful and it still leaves so many millions of people out that it’s hard to call it a system. We in America tend to lag the rest of the world, not in the quality of our research, but in the coverage available to our people and in the average healthcare quality that all Americans receive.”
He went on to explain how single payer healthcare systems work. And he said he was waiting for Republican support for single payer before he signed on, but he believes “it will be a cold day in you know where before that happens.”He explained: “I never thought I would live to see the day when my colleagues would willingly vote for things that would hurt 24 million of our fellow citizens. That’s astonishing.”
Cooper said that he is desperate for health reform and wants people to know that he is not standing in the way of a solution to the healthcare crisis.
So there you have it. Rep. Jim Cooper recognizes the severity of the healthcare crisis in the United States and is standing with the majority of people and on the right side of history by supporting Medicare for All.
Where does your member of Congress stand?
If they haven’t supported HR 676 yet, ask them why they are standing in the way of solving this crisis that is literally killing people. And if they support HR 676, tell them to do more. We can’t wait any longer.