Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Corporate gatekeepers and big tech monopolists are making it more difficult than ever for independent media to survive. Please chip in today.

PJ Espinal (C) joins with other protesters against Republican senators who have not spoken up against Affordable Care Act repeal and demand universal, affordable, quality healthcare for all on July 24, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Following Death of Trumpcare, 'Now It's Time for Medicare for All'

"We've got a long way to go. And our goal must be to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee healthcare to every man, woman, and child in this country."

Jake Johnson

The last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act was defeated in the early hours of Friday morning, dealing a "humiliating" blow to President Donald Trump and the GOP and sparking jubilant celebration among those who have marched, called their representatives, and risked arrest for months to ensure Trumpcare's demise.

"The failure of Trumpcare provides the perfect opportunity for Democrats to go on offense by fighting for Medicare for All."
—Murshed Zaheed, CREDO

"You killed Trumpcare, at least for tonight," declared Indivisible following the vote. "This is your victory. Celebrate it."

In the end, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and John McCain (R-Ariz.) defected from their party to vote down the so-called "skinny repeal" effort, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would leave 16 million more Americans uninsured.

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delivered a dejected speech announcing the death of the repeal effort he spearheaded, demonstrators outside the Capitol building expressed excitement and relief that, at least for now, the GOP's efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, defund Planned Parenthood, and gut Medicaid have fallen short.

"If millions of Americans had not raised their voices at town hall meetings, made phone calls to their senators, posted on social media, and resisted in other ways, this bill might already be law," Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org, said in a statement.

But, Galland emphasized, the threat has not been entirely eliminated.

"Republicans in Congress will not give up," she concluded. "Neither can we."

This sentiment was echoed on social media and in speeches at the Capitol in response to Trumpcare's defeat; many concluded that the struggle will continue until healthcare is guaranteed to all Americans as a right.

"To the thousands of citizen leaders who gave their all to this struggle: This is your victory. Thank you," Our Revolution said on Friday. "We fight on for Medicare for All."

"Our goal must be to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee healthcare to every man, woman, and child in this country."
—Sen. Bernie Sanders
In a statement following the Senate's vote, Murshed Zaheed, the political director of CREDO, argued that "the failure of Trumpcare provides the perfect opportunity for Democrats to go on offense by fighting for Medicare for All."

"Medicare already covers 40 million Americans over the age of 65, providing quality care at prices that are much lower than the private market,” he added. "It is time to take decisive steps toward a national healthcare system that puts people over profits."

As Common Dreams has reported, grassroots support for federally funded universal healthcare has peaked during the Trumpcare fight, and organizations throughout the country are mobilizing to pressure lawmakers into siding with popular sentiment.

"Tonight is just a start," said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a speech outside the Capitol. "We've got a long way to go. And our goal must be to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee healthcare to every man, woman, and child in this country."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Wall Street-Funded Democrat PAC to Spend $1 Million in Bid to Unseat Tlaib: Report

"Imagine spending $1 million to oust Rashida Tlaib instead of organizing in Detroit to make sure Michigan goes blue," quipped one progressive group.

Brett Wilkins ·


Parents Demand Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty 'For the Sake of the Children'

"We cannot remain silent as the fossil fuel industry and world leaders rob our children of a livable future," parents from 32 nations wrote in an open letter.

Brett Wilkins ·


'We Can Do Better' Than Biden's Paltry Student Debt Relief Plan, Says AOC

The president's approach, said the New York Democrat, is "just enough to anger the people against it *and* the people who need forgiveness the most."

Julia Conley ·


Right-Wing Supreme Court Poised to Make US Gun Carnage Even Worse

The U.S. Supreme Court's right-wing majority could soon "obliterate even the mildest of gun regulations in service of its gun lobby masters."

Kenny Stancil ·


'Enough Is Enough!': Thousands Protest Outside NRA Convention in Texas

"I'm just tired of the NRA subordinating children's rights for gun rights," said one gun lobby opponent just three days after the school massacre in Uvalde.

Brett Wilkins ·

Common Dreams Logo