One of the most hotly debated issues of the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign is sure to be the nation’s broken healthcare system, the costliest in the world on a per capita basis, yet one that yields disappointing health outcomes.

One proposal that has been receiving increased attention in recent years is to replace the current private insurance-based system with a universal plan built on the highly successful
Medicare program that has served seniors and disabled Americans for over 40 years.

During the current session of Congress, legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to implement a Medicare-like plan that covers every American regardless of age, income, health status or any other eligibility criterion. Known generically as Medicare
for All plans, the forces that favor and those that oppose are already lining up for what is sure to be one of the most brutal and expensive public policy battles in decades.

Locally, a group of concerned citizens who support Medicare for All have scheduled a public informational meeting to be held in the Patagonia Library at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. The meeting will feature an introductory presentation on the bills
presently before Congress followed by questions and answers and discussion about action steps the group could take to support the passage of Medicare for All.

More information is available by contacting Bob Brandt at (703) 615-8002 or