Ask your Congressperson to become a co-sponsor of HR 676 in the New 113th Congress
If you act quickly, there is time to get your congressperson to sign on as an original co-sponsor of HR 676, The Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act in the new 113th Congress.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) has sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter, inviting representatives to co-sponsor this national single payer legislation that he has introduced into every Congress since 2003. Soon he will introduce HR 676 into the 113th Congress. So far this year, the following 22 have signed:
Judy Chu (CA-27) Yvette Clarke (NY-9) Michael Doyle (PA-14) Keith Ellison (MN-5) Sam Farr (CA-20) Al Green (TX-9) Raul Grijalva (AZ-7) Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) Henry “Hank” Johnson (GA-4) Barbara Lee (CA-13) Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) James McGovern (MA-2) Gwen Moore (WI-4) Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) Rick Nolan (MN-8) Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) Chellie Pingree (ME-1) Mark Pocan (WI-2) Charles Rangel (NY-13) Janice Schakowsky (IL-9) Paul Tonko (NY-20) Peter Welch (VT)
The list includes two newly elected representatives, Nolan and Pocan.
Please urge your representative to sign on to HR 676. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative’s office and ask them to sign as a co-sponsor.
The letter from Congressman Conyers is below.
I invite you to become a cosponsor of H.R. 676, “The Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act,” which enjoyed the support of 77 cosponsors in the 112th Congress. HR 676 also has the support of over 17,000 doctors, 14,000 nurses, and hundreds of labor unions from across the nation. Under H.R. 676, the American health care system would transition to a privately-delivered, publicly-financed non-profit universal health care system. The United States remains the only country in the industrialized world that has a for-profit health care delivery system that is unable to contain health care spending. This dysfunctional system places a heavy burden on the budgets of states, municipalities, and American families. Under H.R. 676, every resident of the United States would receive a card at birth that would guarantee access to a full range of medically necessary services, including primary care, dental care, prescription drugs, mental health services, and long-term care. There would be no restrictions on choice of physician or health care provider. Americans would have greater freedom to pursue opportunities for work because health insurance would no longer be tied to employment. In addition to expanding access to care, H.R. 676 would curb the growth of health care spending and place our country on a sustainable fiscal path. H.R. 676 would provide approximately $300 billion dollars in savings by improving efficiency in our health care system. To become an original cosponsor of H.R. 676, please contact Michael Darner (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (202) 225-5126.
JOHN CONYERS, JR. Member of Congress