In March of 2021, Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal filed HR 1976, the new Medicare for All Bill, which now has 121 cosponsors. This is the newest update of HR 676, the Medicare for All Bill introduced in 2003 and in each congressional session since, gaining cosponsors every year.
In May of 2022, Senator Sanders introduced S.4204, his nearly identical Senate Medicare for All Bill, with 14 cosponsors.
While it’s unlikely that this bill will be passed by the current Senate, we believe that passage of the House bill after many Committee hearings and great debate would educate enough of the general public and Congress that passage and enactment into law may become very possible.
HR 1976 has had several House Committee hearings and Sanders held a Budget Committee hearing on the day he filed his bill. We need to encourage the Democratic members on the relevant committees to urge their chairmen to schedule hearings. Please take a few moments to call their offices and write emails to their health care legislative aides, who are often better informed and very influential on their bosses’ positions. Click HERE for a list and suggestions for your messages.
At the bottom of the list are Representatives who cosponsored HR 676 but have not yet cosponsored the new bill. Please also call their offices to encourage them to become cosponsors of HR 1976. Every call is logged and reported - it does make a difference!