These Incoming Members Of Congress Want Medicare For All

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

The House Medicare for All Caucus could count some new members when the 116th Congress convenes in January, although progressive candidates on the whole had a less than stellar performance on Election Day Tuesday.

Democratic Reps.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Deb Haaland of New Mexico and more winning progressive candidates campaigned on “Medicare for all.”

Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley addresses the audience during the Election Day Massachusetts Democratic Coordinated Campaign Election Night Celebration at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts on November 6, 2018. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images

Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley addresses the audience during the Election Day Massachusetts Democratic Coordinated Campaign Election Night Celebration at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, on Nov. 6, 2018. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images

The idea came to national attention because of Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who introduced a Medicare-for-all bill in Congress in September 2017, but there’s still no hard and fast definition of Medicare for all. Candidates like Ocasio Cortez and Haaland touted iterations of the proposed single-payer system that caused many critics to question how it would be funded.

“People often say, like, ‘how are you going to pay for it?’ And I find the question so puzzling, because, how do you pay for something that’s more affordable?” Ocasio-Cortez said during an interview Nov. 1. (RELATED: FDA To Ban In-Store Sales Of Many Flavored E-Cigarettes To Keep Them Away From Teens)

Other Democratic Medicare-for-all candidates who won their elections Tuesday night and could jump on board the Medicare for All Caucus include:

  • Pennsylvania Rep.-elect Mary Gay Scanlon
  • Massachusetts Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley
  • Texas Rep.-elect Colin Allred
  • Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar
  • Michigan Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib

But Medicare for all and a progressive candidacy did not prove to be a winning formula for many Democrats Tuesday night. Democratic congressional candidates Katie Porter of California, Kara Eastman of Nebraska, Leslie Cockburn of Virginia and others lost their races after campaigning on progressive issues including Medicare for all.

US Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio addresses delegates on fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio addresses delegates on fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

And many of the Medicare-for-all Democrats who won Tuesday were campaigning in blue districts, or even ran unopposed like Pressley. In fact, the Democratic incumbent she beat during the primaries, Marc Capuano, was a member of the House’s Medicare for All Caucus founded in July.

Other members of the caucus, which had 66 original members, include Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters of California, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Tim Ryan of Ohio and Jerry Nadler of New York. Outgoing members include Democratic Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado and Keith Ellison of Minnesota.

Researchers have found that a Medicare-for-all plan like Sanders’s could cost as much as $42 trillion over a 10-year period.

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