Medicare for All: Far sooner than people realize

January 28, 2019

Over the past eight years, conservatives have been spending a majority of their legislative energy trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provides healthcare from millions of Americans.  From legal battles to budget cuts by the administration, basically every branch of government has attempted to kill the Affordable Care Act. While my Democratic colleagues and I are making good on our promise to strengthen the ACA, it’s not enough. 

Right now, 30 million Americans lack health insurance and tens of millions can’t afford to use the coverage they have.  Even when families have insurance, they still struggle to get the quality care they need because our system is so complex.  This is unacceptable.  We should be providing better, more affordable care for all people.  Now that Democrats control the House, we have a real opportunity to make strides toward a healthier, more affordable future with Medicare for all. The time is now.

That’s why I’m co-sponsoring Medicare-for-All and am excited to fighting along with Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell, and fellow members of the Progressive Caucus.  We must recognize health care as a right, not a privilege, and it is past time our system reflects that. The United States needs a universal, seamless health care system.  I think transformational change is possible far sooner than people realize.



Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress