Democrats Schedule First COVID-Era Hearing on Medicare for All

The House Oversight Committee Democrats have scheduled the first hearing to examine Medicare for All since the pandemic. Progressive lawmakers are making a renewed push for the proposal.

Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, (D-New York), and Rep. Cori Bus (D-Missouri), will be lead the hearingThis meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 22nd to discuss proposals for universal health insurance and to evaluate the various options. the U.S.’s primarily privateThe health care system has a significant impact on people who don’t have insurance.

The hearing will also feature representatives Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rashida Talaib (D–New York), and AyannaPressley (D–Massachusetts), along with testimony from prominent figures in the Medicare For All sphere like Ady Barkan, an activist, and Jeffrey Sachs, an economics professor.

“We deserve a health care system that prioritizes people over profits, humanity over greed, and compassion over exploitation,” Bush wrote on Thursday. “That’s why we’re holding our first Medicare for All hearing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy will save lives.”

This is the latest move in progressive lawmakers’ recent push to revive the campaign for Medicare for All, which has been relatively dormant in Congress for several years; the last time Democrats held a hearing on the subject was 2019.

In the hearing, lawmakers will cover Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-Washington) Medicare for All Act, which would establish a single-payer health care system and which Recently, exceededRecord 120 cosponsors. Democrats will also address inequities facing non-whites, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. disproportionately underinsured or uninsured.

“As chairwoman of the Oversight Committee,” Maloney told The Nation, “I am holding this hearing to examine how the gaps in our current system threaten the health of the most vulnerable among us and how Congress can ensure that every person in this country has access to high-quality health care — no matter who they are.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) Recently announcedHe said that he plans to reintroduce Medicare For All legislation. did so was in 2019.

“In the midst of the current set of horrors — war, oligarchy, pandemics, inflation, climate change, etc. — we must continue the fight to establish healthcare as a human right, not a privilege,” Sanders wrote. The Vermont lawmaker Also known asAll medical debt should be eliminated.

This hearing takes place during a pandemic in which major cracks have been found in the U.S. healthcare system. An estimated 400,000 people died in the first months of the pandemic. 7.7 million people lostAfter losing their job, they are left without access to health care, as COVID-19 sweeps the U.S. Only wealthy countries can afford it in the world that doesn’t have universal health care.

As the pandemic continues to envelop the country, the disparities in pandemic-related outcomes for health have only become more apparent. A survey last yearA study found that 40% of COVID cases and 1 in 3 COVID deaths are due to lack of insurance. Another study concluded that for every 10 percent increase in a county’s rate of uninsured people, the county experienced 70 percent more COVID infections and 50 percent more deaths.