What Is Medicare For All

As Bernie has been saying, Medicare For All in various forms and names has been discussed, talked about, and studied for a hundred years. Bernie Sanders has been talking about universal health care in Congress since 1991. Here’s a 1991 clip of Bernie:

Bernie Sanders in Congress, 1991 speaking for universal health care

Formally, in Congress, Medicare For All began life as H.B. 676.1

It was introduced by John Conyers and Bernie Sanders in January 2009.

United States Health Care Act of the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act - Establishes the United States National Health Care Program to provide all individuals residing in the U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, prescription drugs; emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care.

It was introduced again in January of 2017.2 Here is Bernie again, in the Senate:

Bernie Sanders in the Senate speaking for Medicare For All

H. R. 1384

House Resolution 1384, introduced in February 2019, was called the Improved Medicare for All National Health Insurance Program and also known as Medicare for All Act of 2019.3

S. 1129

Bernie Sanders rewrote the whole national health care program and brought forth Senate Bill 11294 in April 2019, which is the Medicare for All Act of 2019 that we know today.5

These endorsements of Medicare For All are in our Supporters and Endorsements section:

Physician Adul el Sayed endorsement

Congresswoman Pramila Jaypal endorsement

Physician Victoria Dooley endorsement

Harry Truman
Harry Truman on Universal Health Care