For Immediate Release


Laura Bonham, PDA Communications Coordinator, (435) 336-2123
Tim Carpenter, PDA National Director, (413)-320-2015

Grijalva: Medical Security Is the Name of the Game

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, September 17, Congressional Progressive
Caucus Co-chair Rep. Raul Grijalva, sent the following message to the
members of Progressive Democrats of America: 

co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), I want to thank
the PDA community for its ongoing support of Medicare for All. Who
knows where we would be in this debate without your moral and
compassionate voices railing against the status quo.

These have been trying times, in Congress, as the CPC has worked to
muster support for a real and robust public option against a
well-funded corporate opposition. The CPC is confident that we will
influence this debate and we remain committed to a robust public option

  • Enacts concurrently with other significant expansions of coverage and must not be conditioned on private industry actions.
  • Consists
    of one entity, operated by the federal government, which sets policies
    and bears the risk for paying medical claims to keep administrative
    costs low and provide a higher standard of care.
  • Be made available to all individuals and employers across the nation without limitation.
  • Allows
    patients to have access to their choice of doctors and other providers
    that meet defined participation standards, similar to the traditional
    Medicare model, promotes the medical home model and eliminates lifetime
    caps on benefits.
  • Has the ability
    to structure the provider rates to promote quality care, primary care,
    prevention, chronic care management and good public health.
  • Utilizes
    the existing infrastructure of successful public programs, such as
    Medicare, in order to maintain transparency and consumer protections
    for administering processes, including payment systems, claims and
  • Establishes or negotiates
    rates with pharmaceutical companies, durable medical equipment
    providers and other providers to achieve the lowest prices for
  • Receives a level of subsidy and support that is no less than that received by private plans.
  • Ensures premiums are priced at the lowest levels possible, not tied to the rates of private insurance plans.

I urge you to continue to rally citizens and your representatives to support the Kucinich and Weiner
amendments. Although Congress does not appear to have the stomach to
pass HR 676, there's every reason to believe that we can secure
Medicare for All, once states begin to pass their own single-payer

The CPC will do its best to
ensure that the public option is as close to Medicare as we can get it.
I hope you will do your best to continue to build support for the Kucinich and Weiner amendments.

Girjalva serves on the PDA Advisory board.


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