PRESS RELEASE: National Nurses Union & Sanders Institute Release Report on Medicare for All Single Payer System

JUNE 26th, 2017

Burlington, VT - National Nurses United and the Sanders Institute have released a comprehensive report on implementing a Medicare for All Single Payer Healthcare System in the United States.

The Medicare for All vs. All the Healthcare That Each Can Afford, featured in full on the Sanders Institute website, is timely as the Senate is currently debating their proposed health care bill - The American Health Care Act. The bill is expected to be voted on by the full Senate later this week.

 “This report challenges lawmakers to go beyond the narrow conventions of special interest policy-making, to reject the healthcare industry model that drives that policy, and instead establish a system of guaranteed healthcare reflecting the nurses' values of caring, compassion and community” said RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director of National Nurses United. “Here's where values, policy and the real lives of people intersect to make the case for healthcare as a human right.” 

The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation has estimated that 14 million more people would be uninsured in 2018 under H.R. 1628 than under current law. In 2026, an estimated 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law. 

“It’s time to broaden the discussion. The debate on health care needs to go beyond market-based insurance to a debate about creating a healthy society, with our citizens as the focus,” said Jane O’Meara Sanders, Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute. “Leaving millions of people uninsured should not be the only option.”

This in-depth report provides an analysis of our current complex, fragmented healthcare system and shows how replacing it with a Medicare for All single payer system would produce enormous administrative savings and provide coverage to all Americans. 

The Sanders Institute believes a vital democracy requires an informed electorate, civil discourse and bold thinking. This in-depth report is a step toward those goals on a very important issue in our society.  

To read the document in full, click here.                       

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