In Support of Medicare Expansion on the Path to Medicare for All

Aug 11, 2021 | PDA News

​In solidarity,
Alan Minsky for the PDA National Team

Join PDA, Bernie Sanders, and Pramila Jayapal:
Support the Three Proposals to Expand and Improve Medicare in the $3.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

 

Since our founding in 2004, we at PDA have been unwavering in our support for a universal single-payer “Medicare for All” healthcare system run by the federal government, available to all residents, and free at the point of service.

Nothing less will do—and we will fight for M4A every day until it’s a reality.

Still, when there’s an opportunity to make significant improvements, albeit incremental ones, in the existing healthcare system—and those improvements also increase the likelihood of ultimately passing Medicare for All—we will raise our voices in support.

Thus, we were heartened to see three measures to expand and improve Medicare included in the August 9th memorandum from Majority Leader Schumer outlining the content of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation infrastructure bill:

  • Expand Medicare to include coverage for dental, vision, and hearing

  • Allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices
  • Lower the Medicare eligibility age 

We feel these measures will improve healthcare for millions of people while making Medicare even more appealing, building support for M4A in the process.

The inclusion of these measures in Sen. Schumer’s memo is a good sign, but we’re a long way from seeing them passed by Congress. We know that the healthcare industry will unleash its lobbyists on Capitol Hill to try to water down these proposals or eliminate them outright.

That is why we’re asking PDA supporters to call and write your Senators and Congressional Representatives and ask them support all three of the measures that expand and improve Medicare in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. Let us know you acted.

Thanks so much for anything you can do right now.

1 Comment

  1. Patricia Dellera

    I think what frightens people is how slow and ineffective the govt is about everything. I am in favor of Medicare for all but it should have happened years ago. It is obvious it should include dental care, vision care, and eye care. Why? Because they are part of HEALTH! It should cover at 100% not 80%. The supplements cost far more and they are just covering 20%!!! That is nothing but profit for the insurance companies. And why a deductible? For what purpose? Why does Medicare not cover acupuncture? Who makes these ridiculous decisions? Acupuncture kept me from having surgery! It works.