A handful of House Democrats are pushing for the #HealthCare for All Act, legislation that would extend health coverage to millions of Americans and expand Medicaid to all low-income Americans, and would help fight global warming by providing more funds to fight the rising costs of heat stress.
The legislation has a long way to go before it reaches President Donald Trump’s desk, but the Democrats’ push for it reflects the growing frustration among Democrats who have struggled for years to push a single-payer plan in the House and in the Senate.
Here are three things the Democrats are saying about #HealthcareForAll: 1.
Democrats want a single payer health care system.
While the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was a step in the right direction, it was not the best health care policy for millions of people, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The ACA, which Democrats have long been demanding for years, provided coverage to everyone, but it failed to guarantee universal coverage for everyone.
The Trump administration announced that it would phase out the ACA, but House Republicans are threatening to do the same in 2018, after the CBO said that the GOP would take away coverage for more than 8 million people in the 2020 presidential election.
“If we’re going to do something about global warming, then we’ve got to do it right,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader.
“And we’ve gotta do it now.
We can’t wait until we’re 100 percent covered.”
She added that the “humanitarian crisis” that has engulfed the globe over the last few years and has been fueled by climate change is causing people to have more health problems.
“People need to have access to the right care,” she said.
“That’s why I believe that single payers are the way to solve this problem.
I believe we can build a world in which we can all live with dignity, health, and well-being.”
Democrats support universal health coverage.
Some Democrats have been more vocal about the need to expand access to health care since the Affordable Act, but their position has not been consistent, according the Congressional Research Service.
“We should extend health care to all Americans, regardless of income, age, gender, or other characteristics, even when the coverage is less effective, unaffordable, or unaffordable for some,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in an op-ed in The Hill on Monday.
She said that she and other Democrats believe “in a universal health care plan.”
The Democratic Party also supports a single system of universal health insurance.
In an op/ed in Vox on Monday, Rep. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for “universal coverage for all, no matter how much you earn, no job, no ability to afford, and no family in need.”
She noted that the U.S. currently has the highest uninsured rate in the developed world, and she called on the Republican-controlled Congress to pass universal health-care coverage.
“Universal coverage for every American is the only way to ensure health care is affordable, accessible, and accessible to everyone,” Warren said.
Democrats will provide $100 billion in funding to fight climate change.
The #healthcareforall Act would provide $10 billion in federal funding for the United States to help fund an expansion of the nation’s National Weather Service.
This would include $1 billion in climate change research funding and $200 million in funding for a new U.N. Climate Change Solutions Program, the first time the U-N will have a program dedicated to tackling climate change and its impacts.
The plan would also provide $4 billion in support for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct and coordinate a “climate-driven approach” to protecting the nation from the effects of climate change, according an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Services. “The U.