MARKEY AND WARREN BACKING SINGLE PAYER LEGISLATION
By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 13, 2017.....Both Massachusetts senators are now backing a bid to establish a federal single-payer health care system in the United States.
Sen. Ed Markey's office announced Wednesday that the Malden Democrat had signed on to a bill filed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to create a national health insurance program called the Universal Medicare Program. Under the bill, every U.S. resident would receive health insurance through an expanded Medicare program "with improved and comprehensive benefits," according to Markey's office.
"Most wealthy countries in the world provide universal health insurance coverage, except the United States. That's just plain wrong," Markey said in a statement. "As we work to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and build upon the important progress we have made, we must also set our sights toward achieving our ultimate goal: universal health care coverage for all."
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