Slow health cost growth has improved Medicare's financial outlook, extending the program's trust fund to last until 2030. If absolutely nothing changes, the trust fund that pays for most of seniors' hospital visits will now last an additional four years beyond the 2013 forecast. —Sarah Kliff, Vox.com, 07/28/14 More »
Medicare for All
Astronomical healthcare costs and lack of access continue to drive individuals, families and businesses past their breaking point while insurance companies continue to soak-up billions of healthcare dollars as millions of children's basic needs go unmet. NNU supports the American Health Security Act of 2013, H.R. 1200 and S. 1782, by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jim McDermott, that requires each participating state to set up and administer comprehensive healthcare services as an entitlement for all, through a progressively financed, single-payer system, administered by the states.
Medicare, which has provided guaranteed healthcare for millions of American seniors, marks its 49th anniversary July 30. The American Health Security Act, H.R. 1200 and S. 1782, would establish a Medicare for all, single-payer healthcare system that would end health disparities, effectively control costs, and assure that everyone has equal access to an excellent standard of care.
Please Take Action Today:
- Contact your members of Congress using our online tool. Urge them to oppose any cuts to Medicare, and support the expansion of Medicare to cover everyone, the American Health Security Act of 2013, H.R. 1200 and S. 1782, by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jim McDermott.
- Send a letter to your local newspaper about the need to defend Medicare, and support its expansion to cover everyone.
Medicare For All News
Dr. Theodore Corwin jumps through numerous hoops to get UnitedHealthcare to pay for a patient's breast reduction — only to finally be told the surgery wasn't covered by her policy. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness in her hands and arms, resulting from her unusually ample bust. She's 5-foot-6, not overweight, Corwin said. She wanted a breast reduction. More »
Medicare For All Blog
Registered nurses from across the country went to Washington DC last week to urge Congress to take action to fix the nation’s broken health care system by enacting Medicare for All. While our nation’s health care system has incredibly capable nurses and other health professionals, and boasts a variety of other advantages like the highest spending per person in the world, we don’t get the outcomes we should. Far too many go without health care when they need it. Our nation ranks behind 19 industrialized countries in preventable deaths among those under age 75. —Deborah Burger, National Nurses United, 05/27/14 More »
Senator Bernie Sanders-VT held the hearing, “Access and Cost: What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries” on March 11, 2014. Experts testified on single-payer health care systems in Taiwan, Denmark, Canada and France in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. —Sen. Bernie Sanders, 03/12/14 More »