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Doctors’ group: House leaders are out of touch with majority of Americans demanding Medicare for all

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 4, 2017
Contact: Clare Fauke, PNHP communications specialist, 312-782-6006, clare@pnhp.org

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a nonprofit research and education organization of 20,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals, responded to today’s House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

“This vote shows that House leaders are not only out of ideas on health care, but out of touch with their own constituents,” said Carol Paris, M.D., president of PNHP. “In polls and at town hall meetings, Americans consistently demand Medicare for all, the only plan that is universal, sustainable, and proven to work in every other industrialized nation.”

Dr. Paris urged members of both parties support H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which would provide immediate, comprehensive coverage to all Americans and achieve President Trump’s campaign promises of more coverage, better benefits and lower costs. The bill has 108 co-sponsors in the House, 24 of whom have signed on in the past month.

“The Medicare for all train is leaving the station and the majority of Americans are on it,” said Dr. Paris. “Members of Congress need to get on board or get out of the way.”

Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org) is a nonprofit research and educational organization of more than 21,000 doctors and health professionals who support a single-payer national health program. It was founded in 1986.