On December 9 Senator Bernie Sanders (I., VT) introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to provide healthcare to everyone in America through a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system.
“The United States is the only major nation in the industrialized world that does not guarantee healthcare as a right to its people,” Sanders said. “It is time that we bring about a fundamental transformation of the American health care system. It is time for us to end private, for-profit participation in delivering basic coverage.”
The Bill, S. 1782, The American Health Security Act of 2013, would cover “every individual who is a resident of the United States” in a state-administered health security program. The programs would provide comprehensive “womb to tomb” coverage and coverage would be seamlessly transferrable between states. The programs would be publicly financed through an equitable system of progressive taxation, payroll taxes and re-allocation of current dedicated healthcare expenditures by the federal, state and local governments.