Rep. Chu Statement on Medicare for All Act
Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) joined Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and over 100 other sponsors in the House of Representatives to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2019. The Medicare for All Act improves and expands the Medicare program so that every resident of the United States has guaranteed access to healthcare with comprehensive benefits, including dental, vision, prescription drugs, women’s reproductive health services, maternity and newborn care, long term services and supports and more. It would require no out-of-pocket costs for patients for any services, and it would allow all patients the freedom to choose the doctors, hospitals, and other providers they wish to see. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:
“I believe that healthcare is a human right. And like all rights, that means it applies to everyone, not just a few, regardless of where you live or how much you make.
“But too many Americans are just one medical emergency away from financial ruin, and too many have to turn to fundraising efforts like GoFundMe to help afford the medical care they need to stay alive. That is wrong, and it is a failure of a healthcare system that values profits over patients. That is why I am proud to be a cosponsor of this important legislation to make Medicare available for all Americans so nobody has to worry that falling ill could mean bankruptcy or worse.”