FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2017
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION CONGRATULATES & SUPPORTS SENATOR SANDERS SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION
A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
When I ran for President of the United States in 1984 and 1988 I became the first national candidate to support and advocate for a universal and comprehensive national single payer health care system, Vermont’s progressive champion, Bernie Sanders, endorsed my candidacy both times.
Today I want to congratulate U.S. Senator Sanders (I-VT) and the 15 Democratic senators who joined him in co-sponsoring a universal and comprehensive single payer “Medicare For All” legislative proposal.
Those U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives, both Democrats and Republicans, who by age are covered and participants in the Medicare program are already supportive of a single payer system. So, if it’s available and good enough for members of Congress, it’s good enough and ought to be accessible to every other American.
I fully support this legislation and urge others to do so as well.