It was only a few years ago that the corporate media and political establishment laughed us off when we said it was past time to guarantee health care as a right for all.
Well, that’s not the case anymore. Because right now Medicare for All is not only supported by the majority of Americans, it is also an idea embraced by many Democrats, including most running for president.
Let me be very clear: that did not happen by accident. It happened because of you. Because of us.
Together we have made incredible progress on this issue, but we are not finished yet.
Today I am reintroducing Medicare for All legislation in the Senate. And it’s important that we send an unmistakable message to my colleagues that health care must be guaranteed as a right for all Americans.
I cannot do it alone. So I am asking you directly:
It will come as no surprise that the health insurance and pharmaceutical companies do not like our Medicare for All plan.
They would rather continue making billions in profits off a dysfunctional health care system that leaves millions of Americans struggling to get the care and prescription drugs that they need.
It has never made sense to me that our health care system is primarily designed to make huge profits for multibillion-dollar insurance companies, drug companies, hospitals, and medical equipment suppliers. Health care is not a commodity. It is a human right. And the goal of a sane health care system should be to keep people well, not to make stockholders rich.
So today we say to the private health insurance companies, whether they like it or not, the United States will join every other major country on earth and guarantee health care to all people as a right. All Americans are entitled to go to the doctor when they’re sick and not go bankrupt after staying in the hospital.
If we are serious about providing high-quality and affordable health care to every man, woman, and child in this country, the only real solution is a Medicare for All, single-payer system that provides health care to ALL Americans.
Although we have seen growing support in Congress, the truth is that we are still taking on much of the political and financial establishment in this fight. There are many who still believe universal health care is a radical idea. But what they will soon realize is that this is a struggle whose time has come.
Today, as I re-introduce legislation in the Senate, we must send a powerful message that we are prepared to fight for – and win – Medicare for All. The only way we will win is if we are united and prepared to fight on this issue.
Let’s show we’re in this together:
Our ideas are winning, and today it is important that we show we are as committed to this fight as ever.