U.S. lawmaker Yarmuth says Democrats to begin Medicare for All hearings

U.S. lawmaker Yarmuth says Democrats to begin Medicare for All hearings
By Yasmeen Abutaleb, Susan Cornwell for Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in control of the U.S. House of Representatives will begin holding hearings on expanding Medicare this spring and will aim to pass a bill by the end of next year, a senior Democratic lawmaker said on Tuesday. John Yarmuth, chairman of the House Budget ...

Key House Democrat Wimps Out of Holding Medicare for All Hearings

Key House Democrat Wimps Out of Holding Medicare for All Hearings
By Libby Watson for Splinter News Earlier this month, Nancy Pelosi signaled her support for House Democrats holding hearings on Medicare for All in the Rules and Budget committees. But those aren’t the major committees that would consider Medicare for All. So it was significant news when the Hill reported yesterday that Rep. Anna Eshoo, ...

Democrats Don’t Just Support Medicare for All, 84% in New Poll Want Party Leaders to Make It ‘Extremely Important Priority’

Democrats Don't Just Support Medicare for All, 84% in New Poll Want Party Leaders to Make It 'Extremely Important Priority'
“Are you listening?” party Leaders asked as new Politico/Harvard survey shows more than 8 in 10 Democrats think covering everyone “through taxpayer-fund national plan” should be urgent pursued By John Queally for Common Dreams ‘Are you listening?’ That was the question posed by healthcare justice advocates to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of ...

Why Are These Labor Unions Opposing Medicare for All?

Why Are These Labor Unions Opposing Medicare for All?
NOTE: This article points out that healthcare industry and business groups are using unions to oppose single payer. Union groups that do support single payer need to speak out and out-organize these industry-backed unions. We can expect this tactic to be used to subvert other single payer supporters and be ready to neutralize them. By ...

Establishment looks to crush liberals on Medicare for All

Establishment looks to crush liberals on Medicare for All
The coalition that fought Obamacare repeal has fragmented as the party tries to follow through on campaign promises. By Adam Cancryn for Politico The united front that helped Democrats save Obamacare just a year ago is falling apart over single-payer health care. Deep-pocketed hospital, insurance and other lobbies are plotting to crush progressives’ hopes of ...

Center for American Progress CEO says Dems will have debate on single-payer health care ahead of 2020

Center for American Progress CEO says Dems will have debate on single-payer health care ahead of 2020
By Julia Manchester for The Hill Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, said in an interview that aired Thursday on “Rising” that she expects Democrats will have a debate over single-payer health care ahead of the 2020 presidential elections. “I think the Democratic Party is actually unified around universal health care, ...

Pelosi: ‘Medicare for All’ should be ‘evaluated’ if Dems win House

Pelosi: 'Medicare for All' should be 'evaluated' if Dems win House
NOTE: It is a good sign that Nancy Pelosi’s rhetoric is changing. It shows that the political winds are blowing toward single payer. Pelosi is likely to face a challenge for the House Speaker position if the Democrats take the majority in the House this fall. Our tasks are to keep building momentum for National ...

Amid Grassroots Push, Medicare for All Winning Big in Democratic Primaries

Amid Grassroots Push, Medicare for All Winning Big in Democratic Primaries
By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams “Being able to go to the doctor for any reason and not worry about paying for it? That sounds pretty good. We should do that.” With Medicare for All reaching record levels of support among both members of Congress and the American public—where support for single-payer is spreading “like ...

The Democratic Establishment is Moving Closer and Closer to Single Payer, but Activists Want the Real Thing

The Democratic Establishment is Moving Closer and Closer to Single Payer, but Activists Want the Real Thing
Note: “I do not view the Center for American Progress’ plan as moving to single payer. Instead, it would actually cement the private Medicare Advantage Plans into our healthcare system. Although it is referred to as a public option in the article below, it differs in that it would allow people to purchase Medicare plans, ...

The Healthcare Bait-and-Switch: From the Clintons to Obama and Back Again

The Healthcare Bait-and-Switch: From the Clintons to Obama and Back Again
By Glen Ford for Black Agenda Report “Cory Booker and others are joining the pro-single payer bandwagon to weaken it from the inside.” On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders’ single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. “People who have health ...