Merkley, Sanders, and Colleagues Introduce Medicare for All Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today joined a group of 15 Senators, led by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

The legislation would expand Medicare so that every American is covered by this high-quality, popular health care plan simply by virtue of being an American.

“Health care should be a right for every single American, not a privilege reserved for the healthy and the wealthy,” said Merkley. “Right now, our health care system is incredibly complex, fragmented, and stressful. Americans could have so much more peace of mind if we had a simple, seamless system where, solely by virtue of living in America, you know that you will get the care you need. We’ve made tremendous strides in expanding access to health care across our nation, but many Americans still are rightfully frustrated by the cost and complexity of our current system. It’s time to simplify health care and lower patients’ costs, and embrace Medicare for All.”

Merkley holds an open town hall in each of Oregon’s counties, every year. By the end of this year, he will have held nearly 400 town halls while in office. In red and blue counties alike, Merkley has heard from Oregonians about the stress and uncertainty families experience in our current health care system, and the appeal of having a simple, seamless health care system that Americans would know is there for them no matter what.