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Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren Co-Sponsor New Medicare-For-All Bill

May 18, 2022

A group of 15 U.S. senators, including both Massachusetts senators Ed Markey (D-Malden) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Cambridge), introduced a bill (S.4204) to establish Medicare for All in the United States last week.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is the lead sponsor of the bill; Markey and Warren offered their support of the bill in a press release from Sanders’s office.

Here is what Markey said of the bill:

 

In the richest country in the world, it’s an injustice that millions of people lack basic health care. Too many Americans live on the cusp of financial collapse if they face unforeseen medical emergencies or devastating diagnoses, or are forced to forego critical treatment altogether. As our nation heals from a public health crisis that has shone a stark light on the disparities that have long existed in our health care system, our answer is clear:  Medicare for All. I am proud to cosponsor this important legislation to make universal, affordable health coverage a right for every American.

 

And here is what Warren said of the bill:

 

Medicare for All guarantees that every American will be able to get the health care they need when they need it. No one should ever go broke because of a medical bill or have to ration life-saving medications to make ends meet. Health care is a basic human right, and I will always fight for basic human rights.

 

President Joe Biden opposes Medicare for All and has previously said that he would veto such a bill if it came to his desk.

 

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