‘Medicare for All’ — who’s in and who’s out in the Illinois Democratic congressional delegation? – Chicago Tribune

U.S. House Resolution 676 — the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act — pretty obviously isn’t going anywhere in the Republican-controlled lower chamber. But it sets forth a bold and increasingly intriguing idea:

The establishement of a “Medicare for All Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, dietary and nutritional therapies, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care …

“The program (would be) funded: (1) from existing sources of government revenues for health care, (2) by increasing personal income taxes on the top 5% of income earners, (3) by instituting a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment income, (4) by instituting a tax on unearned income, and (5) by instituting a tax on stock and bond transactions. Amounts that would have been appropriated for federal public health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), are transferred and appropriated to carry out this bill.”

The bill has 108 co-sponsors, all Democrats. In Illinois they include Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Evanston), Rep. Robin Kelly (Matteson),  Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Chicago), Rep. Danny Davis (Chicago) and Rep. Bobby Rush (Chicago).

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