Heinrich Backs Medicare For All

by Staff Reporter / Sep 13, 2017 / comments

Heinrich Backs Medicare For All

In a rapidly evolving debate over the future of health care coverage in this country, 18 U.S. Senators have joined with Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) in sponsoring legislation to extend Medicare to all Americans.

Among those Senators is New Mexico’s own U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on co-sponsoring the Medicare for All bill:

“America is the wealthiest country on Earth, yet despite our health care progress in recent years, we still spend far too much of our GDP on health care and some New Mexicans still find themselves without any coverage at all.

“It is time to recognize that health care is a human right and I believe that the best way to make that a reality in our nation is to build on what we all know works. Americans across the political spectrum recognize just how well the Medicare program delivers quality health care results at a reasonable cost. That is why I am joining in solidarity with others that share this vision by cosponsoring the Medicare For All Act.

“I am committed to bringing New Mexicans’ voices to this discussion with the goal of expanding coverage and providing more health care options that truly make a difference in the lives of everyday Americans.”

In the meantime, in an nearly opposite approach, President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans continue to explore options on how to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care, thereby eliminating the Federal government’s role in promoting universal coverage.