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Rep. Engel Cosponsors Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act to Create Single-Payer Option

Rep. Engel Cosponsors Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Actto Create Single-Payer Option

Washington, DC – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the Subcommittee on Health for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has cosponsored H.R. 676, The Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, which would create a new, single-payer public health insurance option. Also known as “Medicare for All,” this legislation would replace private insurance, transitioning the American health care system to a publicly-funded, yet privately-delivered, non-profit universal health care system.

According to data released in January 2015 by Gallup, nearly 13 percent of all adults still lack health coverage, despite the incredible decrease in uninsured Americans as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Health care costs also remain a concern for many Americans, as out-of-pocket health expenses, including workers’ premium contributions and deductibles, accounted for 9.6 percent of median household income in 2013, an increase of 4.3 percent from the previous decade. As a result, many Americans are still forced to prioritize their expenses, often to the detriment of their own personal health.

Under the Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, many of these concerns would be allayed. Evidence has shown that public insurers like Medicare are more economically efficient and would be better suited to contain health care costs, which are causing severe economic strain on some families, as well as state and municipal governments. A truly universal coverage plan, The Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act would ensure that every U.S. resident from birth would have guaranteed coverage and access to a range of medical services, including primary care, dental, prescription drugs, mental health and long-term care.

“The Affordable Care Act has done a great deal to rein in health care costs and cover more Americans, but a truly universal ‘Medicare for All’ approach is still the best way to reform the American health care system,” Congressman Engel said. “Significant costs and gaps in coverage remain serious issues for millions of Americans. The Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act would solve many of the problems facing our current health care system by creating a more cost-efficient, truly universal system.

“Most Americans agree that Medicare has been one of our country’s greatest successes. Let’s expand on what’s working by passing The Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act and give the American people the health care system they deserve.”