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News :: Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
Rep. Capuano agrees to co-sponsor Medicare for All bill (HR 676)
23 Nov 2005
Modified: 07:08:33 PM
At a meeting with constituents from the Eighth District on Nov. 23, Rep. Michael Capuano announced his support for a "Medicare for All" approach to health care reform.
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Rep. Capuano agrees to co-sponsor "Medicare for All" bill (HR 676)
A delegation of nine constituents from the Massachusetts' Eighth District met with Rep. Michael Capuano in Cambridge on Nov. 23 to discuss the urgent need to adopt a "Medicare for All" approach to health care reform. At the meeting, Rep. Capuano announced that he would become a co-sponsor of HR 676. The delegation was composed of caregivers, union representatives, senior citizens, and health care reform leaders.

"Medicare for All" would take the existing federal Medicare program and extend it to everyone in the United States. Doing so would not only give everyone an affordable health insurance plan, it would save money and improve the quality of care.

U.S. Census Bureau data for 2004 shows that in Massachusetts the share of uninsured among people under 65 was the highest it has been in seven years (13.2 percent). A recent Institute of Medicine report states that 18,000 people a year die prematurely in the U.S. due to not having health insurance.

American workers and voters are growing increasingly impatient for action. A recent poll by Peter Hart Research showed that health care is a major concern of workers:
· Seven in ten (72%) workers indicated they would like to see the federal government guarantee health care coverage for all Americans.

· Workers clearly want Congress and the president to take action and establish a national health care plan that guarantees health care coverage for all Americans. More than seven in ten (73%) workers highlighted this as their top or high priority for Capitol Hill and the White House to address.

Rep. Capuano joins four other Massachusetts Representatives, (Barney Frank, James McGovern, John Olver and John Tierney) and 52 other members of Congress as a co-sponsor in support of the Medicare for All approach.

The meeting was attended by Barbara Ackermann, Mass Senior Action Council and former Mayor of Cambridge; Alex Brown, Vice President, IUE-CWA Local 201; Catherine DeLorey, Women's Universal Health Initiative; Ann Eldridge-Malone, a Registered Nurse and director of the Alliance to Defend Health Care; Joe Geraneo, American Legion Post 447 and UE Local 262; Art Mazer, Grey Panthers; Craig Slatin, Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell; Tilly Texiera, Mass Senior Action Council; and Rand Wilson, IUE-CWA Local 201 and co-chair of Jobs with Justice's Health Care Action Committee.

The meeting was part of the follow up to a grassroots hearing on the health care crisis where organizers vowed to win support for HR 676 from all of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation. The hearing, organized by the Jobs with Justice Health Care Action Committee, was held in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall on September 1.

Pictured below is the legendary union leader and long time health care reform activist Joe Geraneo making the request to Rep. Capauno to support HR 676. Mass Senior Action Council's Tilly Texiera is next to Joe.

In the second photo below, Ann Eldridge-Malone, a public health nurse, makes a point about the urgent need for reform to Rep. Capuano. Eldridge-Malone is the director of the Alliance to Defend Health Care. IUE-CWA Local 201 Vice President Alex Brown and Grey Panther Art Mazer are looking on.
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Rep. Capuano agrees to co-sponsor "Medicare for All" bill (HR 676)
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Rep. Capuano agrees to co-sponsor "Medicare for All" bill (HR 676)
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Re: Rep. Capuano agrees to co-sponsor Medicare for All bill (HR 676)
23 Nov 2005
Great work, Team! Now if we can just get Mike to say no to the Bush-BU bioterror lab planned for the site across Albany Street from the ER at Boston Medical Center.
Re: Rep. Capuano agrees to co-sponsor Medicare for All bill (HR 676)
24 Nov 2005
What a fabulous Thanksgiving message! The world can actually be better and there are people with the power to vote "Yes!" to just such a transformation. Let's give all the Massachusetts representatives who back this legislation AND actually speak about it in public a "Backbone" spine card. They should know we are aware and feel that they are doing the right thing for people.
Re: Rep. Capuano agrees to co-sponsor Medicare for All bill (HR 676)
24 Nov 2005
Hey. I think I see Nick Giannone in the first picture. He is the woman in black on the far left.