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




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. “


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.”

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.”


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.”

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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”

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.”


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).”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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 Jersey

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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”


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.”


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.”