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Engel Participates in Historic Hearing on Medicare For All

Engel Participates in Historic Hearing on Medicare For All

“Health care is a human right and I believe that H.R. 1384 will help every American access high-quality health care.”

 

Congressman Eliot L. Engel today participated in the first-ever legislative hearing on the Medicare for All Act, H.R. 1384, in the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. 

 

During his remarks at the hearing, Engel, an original cosponsor of Medicare for All and a Founding Member of the Medicare for All Caucus, emphasized how this sweeping legislation will expand access to health care services and reduce health care costs:

 

“Health care continues to eat a growing share of every American families’ income.

 

“This trend is also reflected by the health care sector consuming an increasing portion of our nation’s GDP. In 2016, it accounted for 18% of our GDP, but in 2026 it will jump to 20%.

 

“This trend is unaffordable and unsustainable.

 

“Every day, I hear heart-breaking stories from my constituents about how families are having to choose between paying for life-saving health care and other necessities such as groceries.

 

“I am pleased to be an original cosponsor of the Medicare for All Act and a Founding Member of the Medicare for All Caucus.

 

“This legislation will improve and expand Medicare for all Americans and will provide new benefits including dental, vision, and hearing—all without copays, premiums, and deductibles.

 

“Health care is a human right and I believe that H.R. 1384 will help every American access high-quality health care.”

 

In addition to his remarks, Congressman Engel submitted into the Committee’s record a letter from 253 leading economists in support of Medicare for All.

 

BACKGROUND: Congressman Engel believes that health care is a human right and that all Americans should have access to affordable, high-quality health care. To that end, Congressman Engel has been a cosponsor of Medicare for All legislation since it was first introduced nearly 16 years ago.

 

Congressman Engel’s remarks and question can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLi4sfA13mk&

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

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