‘Medicare For All’ Advocates Strive To Build Grass Roots Support One Door Knock At A Time
Although "Medicare for All" is popular with progressives, it faces long political and legal odds in Washington. But a network of advocates is canvassing the country, going door-to-door to try to build support for the idea with voters. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) defended the plan on Sunday.
The New York Times:
On The Doorstep With A Plea: Will You Support Medicare For All?
Art Miller listened patiently as the stranger on his doorstep tried to sell him on the Medicare for All Act of 2019, the single-payer health care bill that has sharply divided Democrats in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail. The visitor, Steven Meier, was a volunteer canvasser who wanted Mr. Miller to call his congresswoman, Abby Finkenauer, the young Democrat who took a Republican’s seat last year in this closely divided district — and press her to embrace Medicare for all. Beyond congressional politics, there was the familiar role that Iowa plays as the first state to weigh in on the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination. (Goodnough, 6/15)
Sanders On Medicare For All: 'People Don't Like Insurance Companies, They Like Their Doctors'
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 presidential candidate, defended one of his signature policy proposals, Medicare for All, on “Fox News Sunday,” saying Medicare is “far more popular” than private insurance. “Medicare itself is far, far more popular than our private insurance,” Sanders told Fox’s Chris Wallace. “People don’t like insurance companies, they like their doctors and they like their hospitals.” (Budryk, 6/16)