SINGLE PAYER LEGISLATION

The 2021 Medicare for All Bill introduced by Representative Pramila Jayapal as H.R. 1976, would improve and expand the overwhelmingly successful and popular Medicare program, so that every person living in the United States has guaranteed access to healthcare with comprehensive benefits.

Filed last session, the Medicare for All Act of 2019, introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (S. 1129), would fundamentally transform the country’s dysfunctional health care system by eliminating profit-driven health insurance corporations and instead covering every resident through an improved Medicare plan. We expect Senator Sanders to re-introduce a version of the bill shortly in 2021!

State-level single-payer legislation has been introduced in 26 states at one time or another, and many state campaigns are currently very active, such as in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota, Oregon and elsewhere. Contact Healthcare-NOW if you would like to be put in touch with state single-payer efforts in your area.

The Healthcare-NOW Education Fund has posted a range of resources on the history of single-payer healthcare, including a timeline of national single-payer legislation from the 1930s through the present, a graph of growing sponsorship levels of single-payer legislation since the 1970s, a sortable listing of single-payer bills, and documentation of public hearings on single-payer legislation during the 1940s and 1970s.