Debate over the Senate Finance Committee health care bill was briefly interrupted on Tuesday by a protest in support of the one thing absolutely not under consideration — a single-payer health care plan.
“We are speaking for single-payer … good senators would vote for single payer. Please listen to what the people want,” said one protester, wearing a lab coat with that said “Medicare For All” on the back. “Please give us Medicare for all.” He said repeatedly that 80% of doctors want a single-payer system. (Polls suggest that about 60 percent of doctors support single-payer.) “Everyone should have health care, everyone deserves health care, it is a right.
“We came all the way from Kansas City to speak to you about single payer,” one protester said. “Good senators, listen to us –”
The senators ignored the protesters, who were surrounded by Capitol police, and quickly adjourned for lunch.