House’s ‘Medicare For All’ Plan Picks Up Its Highest-Ranking Democrat Yet
Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) is the No. 4 House Democrat and a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "Despite the incredible progress we’ve made because of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, we continue to see Americans crushed by the health insurance industry, and health care remains a right that far too many New Mexicans and far too many Americans struggle to gain," Luján said in support of the "Medicare for All" plan. Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the proposal next week.
'Medicare For All' Gets New Boost From High-Ranking House Dem
Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) on Tuesday announced his support for "Medicare for All" legislation, becoming the highest-ranking Democrat to co-sponsor the bill. The bill from Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) now has 112 co-sponsors in the House. (Weixel, 6/4)
House Panel Sets Medicare For All Hearing For Next Week
The House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing next week on "Medicare for all," the proposal that would shift the U.S. to a single-payer health care system. The June 12 hearing will mark the first time the proposal is considered by a committee that has jurisdiction over health care issues.A spokeswoman for committee Democrats said the hearing would cover Medicare for all and "other potential pathways to universal coverage." (Hellmann, 6/4)