Congressman Blumenauer Joins Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Establish a Single-Payer Health Care System

January 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Blumenauer (OR-03) joined Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) to introduce H.R. 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, legislation to establish a single-payer health care system.

Congressman Blumenauer released the following statement:

“The Affordable Care Act has led to the lowest uninsured rate in history and the slowest growth in health care costs in 50 years. We are going to continue to fight against the repeal of the ACA and work to improve it. What has become more and more clear, however, is that the ACA alone will not resolve health inequality, bring down costs, or guarantee access to care.

“This country needs a truly universal, single-payer health care system – similar to the less costly and more efficient systems in Western Europe, Australia, and Canada.

“Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Ultimately, we need a universal system that covers everyone from cradle to grave.”