Thomas Houchin, President of the IAMAW District 27 Retirees’ Organization and President of the Greater Louisville AFL-CIO Retirees, announced that both of those organizations have endorsed HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All. HR 676 is the national single payer legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and co-sponsored by 76 congresspersons.
District 27 IAMAW represents Machinists’ members in the metropolitan Louisville area including southern Indiana.
“As retirees we are concerned that our nation must preserve Medicare, not just for us, but also for our children and grandchildren,” said Houchin. “With HR 676, an Improved Medicare for All will be able to negotiate the rates for prescription drugs just like the Veterans Administration does, getting them for 40% less. That will secure and improve our Medicare for the future.”
“With HR 676, we will end the co-pays and deductibles that hurt so much for those on fixed incomes. And we will be able to cover everyone, not just those over 65. We believe that labor must move the country forward and lead this campaign to assure national single payer health care, HR 676,” concluded Houchin.