As he gears up to introduce on Wednesday his much-anticipated Medicare for All bill—which has already garnered the support of several high-profile Democratic senators—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is urging activists and lawmakers to remember that bringing legislation to the table is merely the first step in a long struggle to guarantee healthcare for all Americans.
“We need to develop a political movement which is prepared to take on and defeat a ruling class whose greed is destroying our nation.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders”This is not going to be a quick or easy fight,” Sanders noted in a recent email to supporters. “We’ll be taking on the insurance companies, the drug companies, Wall Street, and all those who make billions in profit from the current dysfunctional system.”
Sanders and his allies are now executing a massive digital ad campaign that seeks to build upon the surging support for Medicare for All at the grassroots. As Common Dreams reported, the campaign has hauled in a flood of small-dollar contributions, reminiscent of Sanders’ 2016 presidential run.
Now, Sanders is preparing to continue this nationwide push for Medicare for All after he introduces his legislation in the Senate this week.
“We’re going to put together a grassroots movement that organizes people in all parts of this country much like we did during the presidential race,” Sanders wrote in the email. “There will be rallies, buttons, bumper stickers, shirts, and most importantly people organizing in their communities across the country.”
Acknowledging in an interview with NPR that the legislation will not pass the “very right-wing” Congress, Sanders has said the purpose of introducing the legislation, and of launching the Medicare for All campaign, is to continue building popular support while also calling attention to the fact that “the United States is the only major country on earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people.”
Our Revolution—the group that was formed on the heels of Sanders’ presidential run—and other progressive organizations are joining the Vermont senator’s single-payer push by phone-banking and knocking on doors throughout the country.
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