Medicare For All Letter

Dear Senators Van Hollen and Cardin, 

The following organizations, community leaders, and elected officials are writing to you about the reintroduction of the Medicare For All Act of 2022 by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). 

This common-sense legislation is similar to the Medicare For All Act of 2019 introduced by Senator Sanders and had fourteen of your Senate colleagues. and would guarantee health care as a human right for anyone living in the United States. Just like every other Industrialized nation on earth has already done. As we write to you, drug and insurance companies are using our broken and immoral healthcare system to enrich themselves at the expense of sick Americans and spending millions blocking any meaningful reform to fix the major issues our nation faces in healthcare. 

 

A Medicare For All system will:

  1. Save $450 billion and 68,000 lives every year, according to the Lancet, a world-leading medical journal.
  2. Reduce prescription drug prices by allowing Medicare to negotiate on behalf of the American people and forcing big pharmaceutical corporations to decrease prices.
  3. Ensure Americans never lose their coverage, even if they change or lose their job. 
  4. Create a system where every doctor or hospital would be in-network for every person – whether a cancer specialist, pediatrician, psychiatrist, or nursing home. 
  5. Aid working families due to having no copays and no deductibles for any health services, including all primary care, hospital care, prescription drugs, dental, vision, mental health, and long-term care. 
  6. End Medical Bankruptcy and the practice of working people having to choose between healthcare and paying the rent or putting food on the table. 

 

It is for these reasons and more that the following organizations, community leaders, and elected officials proudly support Medicare for All and strongly urge that you cosponsor the Medicare For All Act of 2022.

 

In Solidarity,

Jared Schablein

Chair, Lower Shore Progressive Caucus  

 

Cecilia Plante

Co-chair, Maryland Legislative Coalition

 

Todd Nock 

Pocomoke City Councilmember & Candidate House of Delegates 38A 

 

Rosie Bean 

President, Feminists, Liberals, Independents & Progressives (FLIP)

 

Michele Gregory 

Salisbury City Councilwoman & Candidate State Senate 38 

 

Chrissy Holt 

President, Our Revolution Maryland 

 

John King 

Candidate For Governor 

 

Deborah Nissley

Candidate for Somerset County Commissioner District 4

 

Kristy Fogle 

Chair, Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition 

 

Larry Stafford 

Executive Director, Progressive Maryland 

 

Gains Hawkins 

President, Wicomico Democratic Club

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