With support for single-payer spreading rapidly among current members of Congress, congressional candidates, and the American public, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) launched the first-ever Medicare for All political action committee (PAC) on Wednesday in an effort to accelerate this momentum ahead of the upcoming midterm elections and funnel small-dollar financial contributions to candidates who want to guarantee healthcare to all as a right.
“The time for taking incremental steps towards health justice is over. Now is the time to be bold.”
—Rep. Pramila Jayapal
“It’s time for public officials around the country to stand with the American people, the majority of whom, according to the latest polling, believe Medicare for All is the best path forward,” reads the PAC’s new website, alluding to a recent survey that found 70 percent of Americans support Medicare for All. “Insurance companies, drug manufacturers, and special interest groups have been standing in the way of real progress for too long—it’s time we fought back.”
To receive an endorsement and financial support from the Medicare for All PAC, Jayapal—who is co-chair of the House Medicare for All Caucus—makes clear that candidates must actually support going all the way to Medicare for All, not just incremental measures or watered-down reforms of the status quo.
“The only criteria that we have is: are they legitimately for that or do they undercut it in the next sentence and say, ‘And the way to get there is through a Medicare buy-in,’ which doesn’t really get at the idea that we’re transforming the whole system?” Jayapal said in an interview with the Huffington Post on Wednesday.
“The time for incrementalism is over,” declared the Medicare for All PAC’s official Twitter account. “It’s time to pass Medicare for All!”
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