David --In the last 48 hours, the historic Medicare for All bill introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and an All-Star team of U.S. Senators -- including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Mazie Hirono and Al Franken -- has turned some heads, including the Tweeter-in-Chief currently occupying the Oval Office.
Apparently frightened by the media momentum of Bernie’s bill, Donald Trump impulsively launched these two puzzling tweets to his 38 million Twitter followers (and Russian bots):Donald Trump can threaten all he wants. But it’s telling that he sees a world in which every single person could have access to health care without financial stress as a "curse."
For far too long, we’ve let wealthy millionaires like Donald Trump define health care as a privilege -- and too many of our politicians have been happy to play along. It’s time for the people of this country to stand up and make it clear that health care is an undeniable human right.
That’s why I’m working with Democracy for America to build public support for Medicare for All. We’re collecting the signatures of DFA members across the country, then delivering them to Congressional leaders -- including Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and Paul Ryan -- to show them just how wide and deep the support for a single-payer system has become.
Some politicians still speak about Medicare for All as if it were a political impossibility. But the fact of the matter is that public support for Medicare for All has never been stronger.A Gallup poll conducted in May found that a majority of Americans would support such a system. A poll by the Pew Research Center shows that such support is growing, with 60 percent of Americans now saying government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans -- up from 51 percent last year.
Democrats have been wisely seizing the moment. In the House, the single-payer bill introduced by Rep. John Conyers has gathered the support of a record number of representatives and a majority of the Democratic caucus. And Bernie’s 15 co-sponsors include a broad cross-section of Senate Democrats, many of whom announced their support for single-payer health care for the first time on Wednesday.
Bernie’s bill is a model for where this nation needs to be headed, and we need to make it clear to leadership on both sides of the aisle that it has the support of the American people.
Thanks for standing with me, Bernie, and the American people in favor of Medicare for All.
- Robert Reich.Former Labor Secretary