Beyond resistance: Establishing health care for all

July 29, 2017

Dear Friends,

Today is the first day of the House of Representatives’ district work period. Each day during the next five weeks, I will email you regarding a policy proposal I’m advancing to make our community—and communities across America—safer, healthier, and more economically secure. You can also track this policy agenda on my website.

This week, Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the protections it provides, collapsed…at least for now. It’s past time that Republicans abandon these disingenuous and destructive efforts. Instead, Congress must come together to expand health care coverage and reduce costs.

As a result, it is appropriate that I kick off my email series with a call to establish a single-payer system, or Medicare for all.

The ACA was the most important health care accomplishment since Medicare. It has led to the lowest uninsured rate in history and the slowest growth in health care costs in 50 years. I will continue to fight against its repeal, and work to improve it. 

It has become increasingly clear, however, that the ACA alone will not resolve health inequality or guarantee access to care. The United States needs a truly universal, single-payer health care system – similar to the less costly and more effective systems in Western Europe, Australia, and Canada. We must recognize health care as a right, not a privilege. Ultimately, we need a universal system that covers everyone from cradle to grave. 

This is a starting place. We all need to help refine our approach and build public understanding. That is why I’ve helped introduce H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which establishes a single-payer health care system. I will continue to support a single-payer system and urge my colleagues in Congress to provide health coverage for all Americans.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here. And be on the lookout for tomorrow’s email.

Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress