Millions of people in the United States are not receiving healthcare because they can’t afford it. As nurses, we’ve seen the devastating effects at the bedside. Patients are delaying tests because of high copays and deductibles, skipping doses because prescriptions are too expensive, or turning to bankruptcy and GoFundMe to deal with outrageous medical bills. People are dying unnecessarily.
Medicare For All is a transformative healthcare reform that would provide quality care to all people, regardless of wealth, age, or employment status. MNA nurses and many other healthcare professionals have long supported the fight for a single-payer system like Medicare for All.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced the Medicare for All Act again in 2021 as support increased nationwide to nearly 70%. Since its introduction, the bill gained momentum, with 115 U.S. Representatives signing on as co-sponsors, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL-MN) and Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-MN).
Medicare For All changes the Medicare system to provide universal healthcare that includes expanded dental, hearing, vision, and home-and community-based long-term care, in-patient and out-patient services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, reproductive and maternity care, prescription drugs, and more with little or no cost to everyone enrolled.
It’s time to end health disparities, effectively control costs, and ensure that everyone has equal access to an excellent standard of care. It’s time for Medicare for All!
Learn more about Medicare for All
Now is the time to act. Call U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s office at (202) 224-5641 and ask her to become a co-sponsor of the Medicare for All Act. You can also call Senator Klobuchar’s office at (202) 224-3244. Do it for the health of yourself, your family, and your community!
For questions or additional ways to get involved, contact MNA Political Organizer Cameron Fure at 651.252.5028 (call/text) or Cameron.Fure@mnnurses.org.