January 31, 2018

Standing Up for Single Payer Healthcare

Below are the 2018 candidates who are running to win improved Medicare for All in Congress! Candidates can show they’re “Standing Up for Single Payer” by explaining why they support Medicare for All on their website.

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2018 Congressional Candidates Standing Up for Single Payer

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Arkansas

Robb Ryerse for Arkansas’s 3rd District
“The United States should catch up to every other modern nation and implement a healthcare solution where all people have the health coverage they need. I think the best way to do this is to implement a Medicare for All system. I believe it is morally right to support healthcare for all. I also believe that there are good economic reasons to support this. “

Arizona

Deedra Abboud for Arizona Senate
“I support the creation of a single-payer health care system, or Medicare for All. We must increase coverage, support small businesses, expand primary care, and lower premiums. Medicare for All is the next step toward addressing the high costs and inequalities in the current health care system.”

Billy Kovacs for Arizona’s 2nd District
“Health care is a human right. Not a privilege. I believe that all Americans should have health insurance coverage. We need a health care system that puts people and positive outcomes before profits. That is why I support a Medicare for All.”

Mary Matiella for Arizona’s 2nd District
“Health care is a right, not a privilege. While most prosperous countries have moved to a universal health care system, we have stayed in a “sick care” system that costs more and provides less. Medicare for All would drastically reduce administrative costs, help with negotiating drug prices, and encourage preventative care. Because Medicare for All will save billions of dollars annually, providing health care for all Americans is not only the right thing to do, it will actually save lives and money, too.”

Barbara Sherry for Arizona’s 2nd District
“I am a Rancher in McNeal Arizona, these feet have walked the fields of this land, shopped in stores, ate in the restaurants and listened to the neighbors that surround my Ranch… My Platform: MEDICARE FOR ALL.”

Bruce Wheeler for Arizona’s 2nd District
“Healthcare is a universal right. From a moral and economic perspective, the best way to ensure that right is to expand Medicare to cover everyone. Most of us have family members that receive Medicare coverage, and have seen that it saves lives, prevents economic hardship stemming from unaffordable medical costs, and is efficient by any standard of measurement.”

Brianna Westbrook for Arizona’s 8th District
“It’s still far too common that a person is forced to choose between paying for the life-saving medical attention they need or keeping their house. We must stop prioritizing corporate profits and ensure health care for every American through a single payer system – The time is now. Right now.”

California

Alison Hartson for California Senate
“The time is long overdue for healthcare for every human being. Every day, 27 million Americans go without healthcare coverage, one incident away from financial ruin. The majority of the country wants Medicare-for-All.”

Barry Hermanson for California’s 12th District
“I support an IMPROVED and EXPANDED Medicare for All. Single-payer universal health care. It is less expensive to cover everyone. And, we get better care.”

Stephen Jaffe for California’s 12th District
“Health care is a moral right of every person. The U.S. is the only highly industrialized nation in the world which does not provide universal healthcare (Medicare for all) to its residents. I will join with Bernie Sanders and John Conyers to pass HR 676 or a similar single-payer bill.”

Ro Khanna for California’s 17th District
“I support the creation of a single-payer health care system, or Medicare for All. We must increase coverage, support small businesses, expand primary care, and lower premiums. Medicare for All is the next step toward addressing the high costs and inequalities in the current health care system.”

John Nelson for California’s 26th District
“I will never stop fighting until every single American is guaranteed Medicare. Healthcare is unquestionably a human right… If a Medicare For All bill is brought to a vote, I will support it and vote for it. I support H.R. 676 and I support Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act.”

Jon Pelzer for California’s 30th District
“Healthcare is a right to be expanded, not a product to be peddled. We no longer have the luxury of allowing those in office to put the interests of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies fueling their careers over the health of their constituents. This is morally unacceptable. We must have single payer Medicare for all. Period.”

Kenneth Mejia for California’s 34th District
“We will be fighting for a Medicare for ALL “Single Payer” System to provide universal healthcare and affordable prescription drugs as human RIGHTS. It’s time to cut out the for-profit private health insurance companies and stop the pharmaceutical companies from overcharging prescription drugs.”

Laura Oatman for California’s 48th District
“When in Congress, I will cosponsor #HR676 and support #SB562 for California. These measures will guarantee Healthcare for all regardless of one’s ability to pay, and that’s the only way to guarantee Healthcare as a Human Right.”

Ammar Campa-Najjar for California’s 50th District
“I believe the best way to offer every American healthcare security, while lowering the costs of care, would be a health care program known as Medicare for All. It is the best way to advance our society toward health justice. I’d proudly join those supporting H.R. 676.”

Colorado

Saira Rao for Colorado’s 1st District
“My parents were doctors. My mother worked in a VA hospital, caring for America’s veterans. I was raised to believe that healthcare is a human right… The majority of Americans support a single-payer healthcare system. The Democratic Party must reject the for-profit healthcare lobby and lead on a single-payer bill that includes full prescription drug, mental, dental, and reproductive healthcare coverage.”

David Sedbrook for Colorado’s 1st District
“We must join every advanced nation in the world and provide a single-payer healthcare system for our people in order to curb the cost of health insurance, which is bankrupting America.”

Joe Neguse for Colorado’s 2nd District
“Joe will fight to expand opportunities for all Coloradans and protect our fundamental rights as Americans, including [t]he right to quality health-care, which means opposing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and fighting for a national Medicare-For-All healthcare system.”

Mark Williams for Colorado’s 2nd District
“Medical care is a basic human right. Having health insurance is just and fair, and it preserves the social compact between the government and the people. I support Medicare for All because it fundamentally and immediately affects the well-being of every American and therefore our nation. We currently have a healthcare system that is for profit, not for people.”

Diane Mitsch Bush for Colorado’s 3rd District
“Healthcare is a right and everyone should have the opportunity to live a healthy life. To ensure you and your family get the healthcare you need, I will fight for universal, single-payer healthcare to keep Coloradans and Americans healthy.”

Richard Lyons Weil for Colorado’s 4th District
“Healthcare Reform: Single payer healthcare is the only way.””

Betty Field for Colorado’s 5th District
“Betty will represent us, because she is one of US! * Medicare for All”

Levi Tillemann for Colorado’s 6th District
“The solution: A single-payer medicare or medicaid for all plan that ties insurance premiums to income is the best near-term solution for dealing with this issue. The Bernie Sanders proposal is an example of such a plan.”

Florida

Tamika Lyles for Florida Senate
“All Americans deserve high quality, affordable healthcare. I will fight for Medicare for all — no more co-pays, no discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, nor unaffordable minimums. By ensuring peace of mind for you and your loved ones, I will work to secure a higher quality of life for all Floridians.”

Chardo Richardson for Florida’s 7th District
“The United States should catch up to every other modern nation and implement a single-payer, medicare-for-all system. There’s no reason we can’t be #1 in the world instead of #37. It’s time to end the destruction of American healthcare by rapacious, price gouging, for-profit, private health insurance middlemen.”

Jan Schneider for Florida’s 16th District
“OT ONLY THE WEALTHY DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY: Preserve Medicare without conversion to a voucher system and without cuts in benefits; support the Affordable Care Act as a vital step forward, but move to a more efficient and less-costly single-payer/Medicare-for-all insurance program.”

Tim Canova for Florida’s 23rd District
“I firmly believe that health care is a universal human right and it is because of this that I want to improve upon the Affordable Care Act, by moving to a “Medicare for all” single-payer health care system that would guarantee every citizen health care as a basic right.”

Alina Valdes for Florida’s 25th District
“As a physician who has taken care of many poor, uninsured people, I cannot emphasize the importance of having health insurance so that people can seek and receive medical care early on in a disease rather than waiting until they become disabled from a condition that could have been prevented if treated early. This has led me to the conclusion that we need to work towards achieving a one-payer system which follows each person for their entire life.”

Michael Hepburn for Florida’s 27th District
“There has always been a simple solution to our health care mess: cover everyone with Medicare. Private insurance companies have been allowed by generations of corrupt politicians to become monopolies with the power to extort many hundreds of billions of dollars from the American people each year… Our Medicare for All plan will provide all Americans with Medicare, increase the number of doctors and care facilities and stop Big Pharma from gouging American consumers.”

David Richardson for Florida’s 27th District
“In Washington, David will engage this same unflagging spirit as he stands up to the Trump Administration and its extremist agenda. He’ll work to implement a single-payer healthcare system, reinstate the Paris Climate Accord, and protect as well as expand upon the great strides we have made in this country on the rights of women, Hispanics, African Americans, the LGBT community and other minority groups.”

Hawaii

Kaniela Saito Ing for Hawaii’s 1st District
“Rather than stripping healthcare from 30 million Americans like Donald Trump and the GOP, Kaniela believes everyone should have access to affordable healthcare through a single-payer medicare-for-all system.‍‍‍ It‍‍‍s time has come.”

Tulsi Gabbard for Hawaii’s 2nd District
“We need real healthcare reform that brings down costs, increases access to quality care, and ensures basic health services are available to all Americans. As a cosponsor of H.R.676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, Tulsi Gabbard is working towards a system that will provide universal healthcare to all Americans—a standard met by nearly every other major industrialized country in the world.”

Illinois

Marie Newman for Illinois’s 3rd District
“Healthcare is a right, it is not a privilege. While I continue to support improvements to the Affordable Care Act, I believe Congress needs to step up to protect and expand health care for all Americans… We should be looking at uniquely American versions of universal care that solves the nation’s current issues once and for all, such as Medicare For All.”

Sol Flores for Illinois’s 4th District
“Sol will stand up to the Republicans’ efforts to repeal Obamacare. She believes that health care is as human right and understands how critical it is to moving families out of poverty and into the middle class. Sol will work to further expand access and make health care more affordable. Sol supports efforts to move toward a Medicare for All system.”

Sameena Mustafa for Illinois’s 5th District
“Sameena believes that healthcare is a right, not a privilege and supports Medicare for All.”

Amanda Howland for Illinois’s 6th District
“Amanda supports single payer health care. Health care is a right, and Amanda will fight to expand health insurance coverage to all residents of the 6th District. As a cancer survivor, health insurance and access to health care is personal to Amanda.”

Ryan Huffman for Illinois’s 6th District
“Ultimately our country needs to transition to a single-payer, Medicare for All health system similar to what has worked so well in other countries around the world. Only through such a system can we ensure that every American has access to affordable health coverage, and that’s what I’ll fight for when I’m in Washington.”

Jonathan Ebel for Illinois’s 13th District
“We need to follow the lead of the rest of the industrialized world and finally enact a universal, “single-payer” system that covers every citizen and leaves no one out. Organizing this under an existing (and successful) program like Medicare is a smart way to build on a model that already delivers high-quality care with only a 2% overhead.”

David Gill for Illinois’s 13th District
“Moving to a single-payer system will save the United States nearly $1 trillion each year and cut the cost of health insurance for working families. Dr. Gill looks forward to leading the charge for Medicare for All when he gets to Congress.”

Victor Swanson for Illinois’s 14th District
“The Affordable Care Act was a great first step in providing Americans with essential health benefits that every human deserves. The ACA was not the final answer. The next logical step is to provide every person in the United States with high quality health care through a single payer system.”

Jim Walz for Illinois’s 14th District
“Jim strongly supports lowering the Medicare eligibility age to cover all Americans. We already pay the equivalent cost for this program now without getting the same benefits. Jim will support and push for this change to ensure that all Americans have access to healthcare as a right. (See Walz’s Medicare for All fact sheet.)”

George Weber for Illinois’s 14th District
“Providing the U.S. with the same great, inexpensive universal coverage healthcare system that Canada and the European countries already have: … I will do a better job of marketing the real facts about healthcare systems to the American people, especially those who are still not on-board, to finally get our healthcare situation fixed and allow the U.S. join the rest of the developed world.”

Indiana

Dan Canonn for Indiana’s 9th District
“When elected, I intend to support by any and all means universal healthcare as a necessity and a right for all people, beginning with basic transparency and cost controls along with a public option which would be gradually expanded, ultimately phasing in a true single-payer system over time; support for the Medicare for All Act (H.R. 676) and principles/policies espoused by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP).”

Iowa

Courtney Rowe for Iowa’s 1st District
“Everyone wants the same health insurance, one that will cover whatever illness or injury occurs. That is why I support Medicare For All… We have to take the billion dollar profiteers from the health insurance industry out of the equation.”

Pete D’Alessandro for Iowa’s 3rd District
“In Congress, Pete will: Fight for a $15/hour livable wage; Expand Medicare-for-all to ensure universal healthcare access; Support tuition-free college; Lead on addressing the global climate crisis.”

Austin Frerick for Iowa’s 3rd District
“I support the creation of a single-payer healthcare system by expanding Medicare to cover every American.”

Kansas

Brent Welder for Kansas’s 3rd District
“Fighting for Medicare for All: Every woman, man, and child in the United States deserves quality health care as a right. No one should have to choose between going to the doctor, taking their medicine, and having food on the table.”

James Thompson for Kansas’s 4th District
“James believes now is the time to end the price gouging, for-profit corporate greed that currently drives our healthcare system, with special scrutiny paid to our pharmaceutical industry. James believes in a Medicare for All plan if the Democrats can take back control of Congress.”

Maryland

Roger Manno for Maryland’s 6th District
“My dad was a carpenter. He had a 4th grade education, worked hard, but died from a preventable heart condition when I was 6 years old, because he was poor and couldn’t afford health insurance. That economic injustice thrust my mom and I into an economic nightmare that left me living in the streets, in a group home, and on and on. That should never happen in America… We’ve made a lot of progress, but our work will continue until every single Marylander has Medicare for All, the “single-payer” universal health care system that leaves no one out.”

Aruna Miller for Maryland’s 6th District
“Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution is it written that the government must provide free, quality education to our children, but we do it because we know that providing a basic level of education to all citizens is a public good. A healthy population is at least as important as an educated population, which is why I believe that we should be moving toward a single payer health care system that covers every American.”

Massachusetts

Alexandra Chandler for Massachusetts’s 3rd District
“I join associations of doctors, nurses, and patient advocates in supporting a deliberative transition to a Medicare for All system where we cut out the middlemen in healthcare and put patients before profits. I will ensure Medicare is improved in this transition process, and this system incorporates or otherwise sustains essential Medicaid programs including for people living with disabilities and seniors.”

Dan Koh for Massachusetts’s 3rd District
“Fight for universal healthcare coverage and resist Trump’s attempts to destroy the Affordable Care Act. Support proposals, including a single-payer system, that expand everyone’s access to quality, affordable healthcare.”

Patrick Littlefield for Massachusetts’s 3rd District
“I’ve worked closely with the healthcare industry for 14 years. I will seek real reforms that lower costs and expand access—including the adoption of universal access via a single-payer mechanism.”

Gary Rucinski for Massachusetts’s 4th District
“High quality health care is a basic human right. No American should be without health care and no woman should have to live without access to full reproductive freedom, including abortion. To realize these principles as a member of the 116th Congress, Gary will co-sponsor reintroduction of H.R.676 – Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.”

Michael Capuano for Massachusetts’s 7th District
“I remain committed to universal health care coverage and that is why I co-sponsored H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act to establish a national single-payer healthcare system.”

Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts’s 7th District
“Donald Trump and the Republican Congress are continuing their efforts to dismantle Obamacare, legislation that enabled millions of Americans to obtain health care and no longer worry about going bankrupt if a family member gets sick. Ayanna believes that we must defend the gains made under Obamacare, and that we must push further to implement a Medicare for All system that will make healthcare even more accessible.”

Brianna Wu for Massachusetts’s 8th District
“Polls of Democratic voters could not be clearer – single-payer health care is undoubtedly the future of our party. It won’t just allow every American access to high-quality health care, it is the best solution that addresses our out-of-control costs… As your congresswoman, Brianna Wu’s commitment to single-payer healthcare will be without qualification. Health care is not an option, it’s a right.”

Michigan

Fayrouz Saad for Michigan’s 11th District
“In the richest country on earth, it is a moral outrage that 28 million Americans live without health insurance. Our health care costs are more than every other economically developed country in the world — but we still have worse health outcomes. That’s why I support Medicare For All in order to control skyrocketing health care costs and to ensure that every single American is guaranteed the right to health care.”

Michael Gilmore for Michigan’s 13th District
“I firmly stand by implementing a single-payer Medicare-for-All system in the country. Healthcare is a right and the United States is the only major developed country that does not guarantee it. Not only do I support a Medicare-for-All system which will negotiate prescription drug prices internationally, but I also support a campaign to get the remainder of Congressional Democrats on board with this human right.”

Minnesota

Johnny Akzam for Minnesota’s 1st District
“Healthcare must become a human right. We support – H.R.676 Medicare-for-All.”

Rich Wright for Minnesota’s 1st District
“Healthcare is a fundamental human right. Period. We need a Medicare for All system that includes mental health parity as well as vision and dental coverage. This system will provide accessible, comprehensive, affordable, and high quality healthcare for all.”

Jeff Erdmann for Minnesota’s 2nd District
“Jeff strongly believes that healthcare is a human right. Our current healthcare system is a drain on working Americans and small business. There is a better way. Ensuring that all Americans can access health care in their time of need, regardless of their income, isn’t a partisan issue, it’s just flat out the right thing to do. There is a reason almost all industrialized nations provide universal health care for their citizens.”

Keith Ellison for Minnesota’s 5th District
“I am a steadfast advocate for a single-payer health care system. I am a proud co-sponsor of the United States Health Insurance Act, which will provide health care to all Americans by establishing a national single-payer health care system. I will continue to fight for a single-payer health care system because I think it is the only true way to make health care a right for every single American.”

Missouri

Cori Bush for Missouri’s 1st District
“Cori has devoted her life to helping people meet their healthcare needs. From working as a registered nurse to serving as an advocate for mental health and childcare, she has consistently made the health and wellbeing of others a top priority. As an elected representative, she would support medicare for all, ensuring that families no longer need to break their backs and deplete their savings simply to meet their health care needs.”

Montana

John Heenan for Montana Representative At-Large
“John believes that we need to put people’s health above insurance company and health industry profits. The current proposed healthcare law would be a disaster for families in Montana… John believes healthcare is a right, and he supports affordable healthcare for everyone, and would vote for Medicare for All.”

Nebraska

Kara Eastman for Nebraska’s 2nd District
“We must ensure that no mother ever weighs the costs before taking her children to the emergency room when they are in the need of immediate care. No father should ever forgo life-saving medication because he is afraid of being unable to pay the medical bills. No family should ever need to claim bankruptcy because they had the audacity to live after an accident or illness. Our country should move toward the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.”

Nevada

Amy Vilela for Nevada’s 4th District
“Single-payer, universal care works. Medicare works. I will fight for Improved and Expanded Medicare For All so that no one has to suffer the needless loss of a beloved child, spouse or family member.”

New Hampshire

Deaglan McEachern for New Hampshire’s 1st District
“We need to be able to control prices and promote holistic care. I support a single payer system whether it be public or non-profit. I believe this would enable us to control prices and improve the healthcare system. Healthcare should be a right in America. But it also needs to be truly affordable.”

Mindi Messmer for New Hampshire’s 1st District
“It’s time to stop allowing insurance executives and pharmaceutical lobbyists dictate what healthcare is best for our families and our children. We need to start putting money and trust into a system that will take us in a fundamentally different direction- a single-payer healthcare system, where healthcare for all is a fundamental right.”

Terence O’Rourke for New Hampshire’s 1st District
“In the long term… we must join the rest of the industrialized Western world by providing truly universal, truly comprehensive health care for all of our citizens. When elected, I will join with Senator Bernie Sanders to create a “Medicare for All” single-payer health care system. I will also champion efforts to create a British-style National Health Service.”

New Jersey

Lisa McCormick for New Jersey Senate
“Access to affordable and quality health care should be a universal human right for everyone, everywhere… Whether you’re paying with premiums or with taxpayer dollars, in a single-payer system we have more fundamental power to control health care costs.”

Sean Thom for New Jersey’s 2nd District
“Medicare For All: Healthcare is a right and it is our responsibility to guarantee affordable insurance coverage for every American. The quality of treatment of an individual should not be determined by that individual’s level of income.”

Jim Keady for New Jersey’s 4th District
“I stand in firm support of H.R. 676 – the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act. A heart attack does not care what income bracket you fall under. Cancer does not care if you are rich or poor, black or white, a Republican or a Democrat, an employee or an employer.”

Peter Jacob for New Jersey’s 7th District
“Access to full healthcare is therefore a right of all people, and not a privilege or commodity money can buy. Far too many are being shut out from this essential right… Peter Jacob supports the enactment of a Medicare-for-all, healthcare system.”

New Mexico

Patrick Davis for New Mexico’s 1st District
“It’s time to stop fighting over who should have health care and recognize health care as a basic American right. My Commitment: Co-sponsor HR676, a single-payer “Medicare for All” bill endorsed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”

Deb Haaland for New Mexico’s 1st District
“I believe healthcare is a human right, and so I will fight for universal public healthcare through Medicare for All. It’s time to challenge corporate dominance over our health, and a corporate healthcare system that is inefficient, rocky, and wildly expensive. No American should face bankruptcy, death, or poverty because of a lack of healthcare.”

Jesse Heitner for New Mexico’s 1st District
“I’m for single-payer healthcare via Medicare for All, and I will fight for that. But there’s so much more to good healthcare than good insurance.”

Damian Lara for New Mexico’s 1st District
“We need a single-payer health care system, right now. I will advocate for Medicare for All, and other real health care solutions.”

Antoinette Sedillo Lopez for New Mexico’s 1st District
“Family always comes first. It should be a moral outrage that in the richest country on Earth, 28 million Americans live without health insurance. Americans pay more for health care than any other industrialized country, but we still have worst outcomes across the board. Together, we can change that. That’s why I support Medicare For All.”

New York

Kirsten Gillibrand for New York Senate
“It’s simple: Health care should be a basic human right, not a privilege for the few. As Kirsten has traveled across New York State, it’s clear that there’s still much work left to do to ensure high-quality, affordable health care for everyone who needs it—that’s why she supports working toward building a Medicare-For-All health care system in America.”

Elaine DiMasi for New York’s 1st District
“Health. Life. Freedom. You can’t have one without the other two. If you have a serious illness or injury but have no health care, you’re not free… A single payer system has been analyzed by many organizations, including New York State, concluding that it is the most cost effective way to deliver.”

Liuba Grechen Shirley for New York’s 2nd District
“After each of my children was born, I had thousands of dollars in medical bills, even though we pay hundreds of dollars in insurance premiums each month. I recently took my son to the emergency room and had a $1,200 bill because of our high deductibles… I would support HR 676 Medicare for All. Health care is a human right.”

Adem Bunkeddeko for New York’s 9th District
“Support Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All bill, which will put us on the path to single-payer healthcare system that is cheaper, better, and more just than what we have today.”

Sander Hicks for New York’s 12th District
“Healthcare: Free Medicare for All. Healthcare is a human right.”

Suraj Patel for New York’s 12th District
“I’m fighting for [a]ffordable healthcare. Medicare for all. And wholesale reform on how we deliver healthcare for results rather than services.”

Adriano Espaillat for New York’s 13th District
“Congressmember Espaillat firmly believes that healthcare is a right and is a cosponsor of H.R. 676, the Medicare for All Act. This legislation would remove the incentive and ability for insurance companies to profit from an individual’s health insurance coverage.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York’s 14th District
“The United States should catch up to every other modern nation and implement a single-payer, medicare-for-all system. There’s no reason we can’t be #1 in the world instead of #37. It’s time to end the destruction of American healthcare by price gouging, for-profit, private health insurance middlemen.”

Jeff Beals for New York’s 19th District
“I plan to cast a vote in Congress to provide Medicare for All. Healthcare is a human right and should not be a privilege of the rich. Getting health care shouldn’t depend on your job. It’s time for us to act on what we know is right for all of us and fiscally best for our country. House Resolution 676 calls for Medicare-for-All. We should add our voice to it.”

Dave Clegg for New York’s 19th District
“We need to pass Medicare for all – this will transform our country by ensuring everyone, regardless of their income, has quality health care. No one should ever have to choose between paying their rent and paying for their medical bills – that’s just wrong.”

Brian Flynn for New York’s 19th District
“The Affordable Care Act was a great start – and we must do everything possible to defend it from the near constant attempts by Donald Trump and the Republicans to repeal it – but we must do even more. I support moving to a Medicare for All system because no one should have to be burdened by unnecessary debt when it comes to maintaining our health and wellness.”

Gareth Rhodes for New York’s 19th District
“Health care should be a right, not a privilege. Here in the United States, we spend more on health care than any other wealthy country, but still have some of the worst health outcomes. Gareth believes we need a single-payer healthcare system that works for all Americans, and is committed to fighting for affordable, quality health care for all, especially the 29 million Americans without insurance and the millions more who are still under insured.”

Patrick Nelson for New York’s 21st District
“HEALTH: Improved and expanded Medicare for all.”

Linda Andrei for New York’s 23rd District
“So how do we address the issue of health care? This must be approached as a basic human right, not a privilege. Our current system compared to those in other developed countries falls woefully short in both providing good care and cost containment. The ACA is imperfect, but has moved us closer to what I believe should be a single-payer system.”

Ian Golden for New York’s 23rd District
“We must declare health care to be the right of all Americans, not just the privileged few; set the stage for a healthier workforce; and unlock entrepreneurial small business startups by moving to a more efficient, less costly, and effective system of health coverage: Medicare For All.”

Dana Balter for New York’s 24th District
“Healthcare is a fundamental human right. We must fight to ensure that every American has both coverage and access to quality healthcare. And we must make fiscally sound choices to bring the skyrocketing costs of healthcare down… Medicare-for-All will achieve these goals.”

North Carolina

Richard Watkins for North Carolina’s 4th District
“No one should go without proper medical care in such a prosperous country. I believe healthcare is a right for ALL people, regardless of their ability to pay… I support Medicare for all because it is fiscally responsible. I support Medicare for all because it protects our nation from epidemics. I support Medicare for all because it is the right thing to do.”

Ohio

Ed Albertson for Ohio’s 12th District
“Offering Medicare for all would provide an already-working competitive alternative in the healthcare industry that would lower healthcare costs, provide access and ease the pressures of health uncertainty for every one of us. America CAN be HEALTHY at a reasonable, shared cost to all of us.”

John Russell for Ohio’s 12th District
“[W]e need to fundamentally change the American healthcare system: we need to ensure that every American has access to quality insurance and coverage. And that means we need to move to a universal model of coverage—my preferred method being single-payer care.”

Rob Jarvis for Ohio’s 15th District
“The United States will have a single payer health care system. The rising cost of health care in this country, combined with the growing chasm of wealth inequality in this nation, will lead to a unanimous public outcry for health care for all. Our govt. needs to embrace the inevitability of this in order to prepare for it, and then implement it in a way that honors health care as a right, and not as a privilege.”

Oklahoma

Tom Guild for Oklahoma’s 5th District
“I favor adopting a Medicare-for-All Single Payer health care system to provide affordable and dependable health care for all Americans.”

Pennsylvania

Greg Edwards for Pennsylvania’s 7th District
“Championing Medicare for All legislation that centers people over profits by guaranteeing equitable coverage for all Americans.”

Jess King for Pennsylvania’s 11th District
“It isn’t right that in the richest country on Earth, 28 million Americans live without health insurance, we pay more for health care than any other industrialized country, but have worse health outcomes across the board. We can change that. We can pass Medicare-for-All and ensure that every American, no matter how rich or poor, has medical care.”

Texas

Ivan Sanchez for Texas’s 7th District
“Americans should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income. A single-payer system would guarantee that every man, woman, and child would be able to access appropriate health care. I believe health care is a right, not a privilage, and it should be regarded as more important than encouraging profits for insurance companies.”

Jason Westin for Texas’s 7th District
“Healthcare is a human right. That was the most important lesson I learned in my first year of medical school 20 years ago… The bottom line is this: insurance companies are motivated to maximize profits and bonuses for their executives, not improve our health. In Congress, I would be a champion for a single payer system like Medicare for all. ”

Veronica Escobar for Texas’s 16th District
“I will fight for health coverage for all. The only way to care for everyone is to have a single payer healthcare system, and I will work tirelessly at the federal level as I did at the local level to ensure you have access to quality healthcare.”

Derrick Crowe for Texas’s 21st District
“We must implement Medicare for All because health care is a right, not a privilege. Our district has 83,000 people without health insurance–that’s unacceptable. We must stop Republican plans to kick more people off of health care, then go on offense to get Medicare for All passed.”

Elliott McFadden for Texas’s 21st District
With the Republican Senate healthcare bill in limbo, Democratic congressional candidate Elliott McFadden called on Congress to scrap the current plan and adopt a Medicare for All program as the most humane and cost-effective way towards universal healthcare.

Mary Wilson for Texas’s 21st District
“No one in this country should get sick or not see a doctor for lack of insurance, and no corporation should profit off of human illness. Bankruptcy due to astronomical health care costs is not freedom. This is why Mary supports a single-payer, Medicare for All system that would guarantee health care to all as a right, not a privilege.”

Tahir Javed for Texas’s 29th District
“As someone who works in healthcare, it always mystifies me when Washington policy makers talk about healthcare in the context of coverage, insurance, and cost. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege… We need to go beyond the Affordable Care Act. We need to mend – not end – Obamacare. I support Medicare for all. Period.”

Virginia

Andrew Sneathern for Virginia’s 5th District
“Single payer is the way to deliver affordable healthcare to every American. And right now, it is not affordable. Healthcare premiums have gone up everywhere. And in Charlottesville, we have the highest premiums in the country.”

Anthony Flaccavento for Virginia’s 9th District
“It’s time for us to move away from incremental steps that do nothing to improve health or challenge the power and profits of the insurance industry and Big Pharma. It’s time to begin the transition to a system of universal health care, or “Medicare for all”. I will support this shift over the next several years”

Washington

Dorothy Gasque for Washington’s 3rd District
“The health insurance industry spent $150 billion dollars last year in lobbying expenses alone, to protect their monopolies — money that could have been spent on providing care and saving lives. Medicare for All will provide all Americans with Medicare, increase the number of doctors and care facilities and stop Big Pharma from gouging American consumers.”

Pramila Jayapal for Washington’s 7th District
“Pramila supports a “single-payer” model that creates comprehensive coverage for all Americans, from preventive care to long-term care, prescription medications, and mental health services.”

Adam Smith for Washington’s 9th District
“The Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act, H.R. 676, represents an important step forward in improving our health care system by establishing a single-payer, health care for all program. I am proud to cosponsor this legislation that recognizes health care as a basic human right.”

Tamborine Borrelli for Washington’s 10th District
“I stand solidly in favor of a single payer insurance system which ensures that everyone who needs to see a doctor can do so before treatable illnesses become more serious and unaffordable. A Medicare for All style system would streamline the process and eliminate the reliance upon companies that profit from denying care to those who need it.”

West Virginia

Paula Jean Swearengin for West Virginia Senate
“The United States should catch up to every other modern nation and implement a single-payer, medicare-for-all system. There’s no reason we can’t be #1 in the world instead of #37. It’s time to end the destruction of American healthcare by rapacious, price gouging, for-profit, private health insurance middlemen.”

Wisconsin

Randy Bryce for Wisconsin’s 1st District
“Our current healthcare system does not work for middle-class families. Tied to employment, families can face sudden loss of care if the head of the household loses their job, doubling their economic crisis… Medicare for All would lower costs for families and businesses by giving the government greater negotiating power with health insurance companies and untying health insurance from employment.”