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For Immediate Release


Rebecca Sharer, or 703-585-0404

Press Release

Statement From National Nurses United President Zenei Cortez, RN: Sens. Kaine and Bennet’s New "Medicare X" Bill Fails to Solve Underlying Problems in Our Health Care System


In response to Senators Tim Kaine and Michael Bennet’s “Medicare X” health care legislation, reintroduced today, National Nurses United President Zenei Cortez, RN issued the following statement:

“We nurses find Senators Tim Kaine and Michael Bennet’s ‘Medicare X’ plan to be sub-par and wholly inadequate to address the health care crisis confronting our country. Now is not the time for half measures, while lives are at stake. Poll after poll shows that the majority of Americans favor Medicare for All, and Democrats have an opportunity to show real leadership and put forth transformative legislation that will change our country for the better. ‘Medicare X’ does nothing but put a Band-Aid on our current broken system. The solution to fix our health care is clear: the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384), which offers real patient choice, without devastating out of pocket costs. The Medicare for All Act is backed by over 100 members of Congress and will guarantee quality health care for everyone.”

“We nurses urge the Senate Democratic caucus to reject these sorts of half measures and instead put their full support behind H.R. 1384. National Nurses United, along with our allies, will continue to build the grassroots movement for genuine health care justice and push to pass Medicare for All.”

To find a Medicare for All event in your Congressional district, click here.

To request an interview with Zenei Cortez or another NNU spokesperson, please contact Rebecca Sharer at or 703-585-0404


National Nurses United, with close to 185,000 members in every state, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in US history.

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