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 		 [ "This will ensure that Medicare for All is part of the 2020
Democratic presidential platforms," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who
will sponsor the House Medicare for All bill] [https://portside.org/] 

 DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER HEARINGS ON MEDICARE FOR ALL  
[https://portside.org/2019-01-05/democrats-announce-first-ever-hearings-medicare-all]


 

 Jake Johnson 
 January 3, 2019
Common Dreams
[https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/03/giant-step-toward-humane-healthcare-democrats-announce-first-ever-hearings-medicare?fbclid=IwAR3HZlRDN9desgMF2OI7ZKG31ZVDzFYAay341mW7C_TJ80z-R93Q1H2D-Ww]


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 _ "This will ensure that Medicare for All is part of the 2020
Democratic presidential platforms," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who
will sponsor the House Medicare for All bill _ 

 Audience members cheer during a Medicare for All event in Washington,
D.C. on September 13, 2017, Yuri Gripas/Reuters 

 

In an essential and historic step toward developing a humane,
effective, and universal solution to America's for-profit healthcare
crisis
[https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/12/07/35-trillion-healthcare-each-year-and-were-still-uninsured-underinsured-and-unhappy],
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) has reportedly
[https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/democrats-plan-to-hold-hearings-on-medicare-for-all/2019/01/03/7051eccc-0f6c-11e9-84fc-d58c33d6c8c7_story.html]
won approval from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to hold the
first-ever hearings on Medicare for All in two of the most powerful
committees in Congress.

"It's a huge step forward to have the Speaker's support," Jayapal said
in an interview with the _Washington Post_ on Thursday. "We have to
push on the inside while continuing to build support for this on the
outside."

According to the _Post_, Medicare for All legislation is set to
receive hearings in the Rules and Budget committees, both of which are
chaired by Medicare for All supporters—Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)
and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), respectively.

While dates for the hearings have not been officially announced,
Jayapal said House Medicare for All supporters expect to release
legislation in "the next couple of weeks."

"This will ensure that Medicare for All is part of the 2020 Democratic
presidential platforms," said Jayapal, who will sponsor the House
bill.

This is a huge step forward. We have to push on the inside while
continuing to build support for this on the outside. Let’s make
#MedicareforAll
[https://twitter.com/hashtag/MedicareforAll?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]
happen!

— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 3, 2019
[https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/1080890609529995264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]

Highlighting reports
[https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/business/retirement-pensions-social-security-2019.html]
that legislation to expand Social Security will also get a hearing in
the Democratic House, Social Security Works president Nancy Altman
applauded
[https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2019/01/03/new-congress-poised-make-history]
news of the coming Medicare for All hearings as "a giant step toward
greater economic security."

"This Congress will be historic. House Democrats will hold hearings on
expanding Social Security for the first time in almost half a century
and on universal health insurance for the first time in almost
three-quarters of a century," Altman said in a statement. "The
hearings will highlight the wisdom of these policies and put pressure
on those who oppose them."

The first-ever Medicare for All hearings will come as nurses and
progressive advocacy groups continue to build support for single-payer
at the grassroots level, launching pressure campaigns
[https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/26/see-who-stands-people-over-lobbyists-progressive-campaign-pressures-democrats]
and nationwide Medicare for All "barnstorms
[https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/31/galvanize-local-push-medicare-all-2019-nurses-union-organizing-nationwide-barnstorms]"
designed to build enthusiasm for the immensely popular, bold,
and—contrary to the claims of its critics—cost-saving
[https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/19/51-gop-senators-just-voted-cut-15-trillion-medicare-and-medicaid-give-super-rich-and]
plan.

Meanwhile, insurance companies, Big Pharma lobbyists, and
establishment Democrats
[https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/11/21/unlimited-funds-lie-insurance-industry-readies-propaganda-blitz-medicare-all-surges]
committed to maintaining America's healthcare status quo are deploying
their vast wealth and resources to "crush
[https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/10/establishment-democrats-progressive-medicare-1052215]"
Medicare for All before it even gets off the ground.

As Sanders Institute Fellow Michael Lighty argued
[https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/01/03/now-everybody-medicare-all-opponents-say-lets-dilute-it]in
a piece for _Common Dreams_ on Wednesday, "Only a mass social movement
can overcome the huge resource and political advantages of the
medical-industrial complex."

"It requires elected officials having to choose between voters and
donors—and creating an overwhelming demand that forces them to
accede to fundamental reform," Lighty concluded. "To be clear, that
means guaranteed healthcare for all with no barriers to care."

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