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Things are getting awkward with Rep. Brad Schneider RE: Medicare For All

I have had a respectful, friendly, and collaborative relationship with my Congressman, but I am frustrated by his political double-talk about healthcare. Tens of thousands of Americans are dying or going bankrupt from a healthcare establishment that puts corporate profits ahead of the health and general welfare of the nation. Too many political elites in the democratic party are protecting a greedy and inefficient for-profit private health insurance industry. Our Revolution is challenging all of them with a simple question: “Are you for Medicare for All or are you on the side of Big Pharma and the insurance industry?” Brad is trying to stand for “Healthcare as a human right” while obstructing the plan to make sure that’s not an empty slogan.

Brad Talking On Both Sides of the Room
Colleen from Our Revolution Buffalo Grove asks Rep. Brad Schneider: What will it take just to get #MedicareForAll out of the Ways and Means Committee.
Tom from Our Revolution Lake County talks to Nancy about #MedicareForAll

Members of Our Revolution Lake County previously met Rep. Schneider to discuss Medicare For All. He frequently says, “The perfect should not be the enemy of the good.” When it comes to Medicare For All, he holds a different standard. He uses progressive slogans and says he has no sacred cows, but he does not offer an alternative plan that allows access and quality healthcare without continuing to bankrupt the American people. His opposition is reminiscent of the Republican opposition to Obamacare. He offers previously debunked criticism and fails to explain how he can lead us to a better path.

‘Democrats Against Medicare for All Make Me Sick’: Steny Hoyer First Target of National Emergency Ambulance Tour

Published on Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Common Dreams

“Each day House Democrats fail to lead, lives are lost… This is an emergency campaign to go after politicians who are unwilling to stand up for our basic human right to healthcare.”

by Jake Johnson

The tour kicked off Thursday in the Maryland district of House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who has yet to co-sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All legislation. (Photo: Our Revolution/Screengrab)

“Are you for Medicare for All or are you on the side of Big Pharma and the insurance industry?”

That is the fundamental question advocacy group Our Revolution intends to pose to Democratic lawmakers across the country with its nationwide “Medicare for All Emergency Ambulance Tour,” which launched Thursday with the goal of pressuring members of the House majority to support Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s single-payer legislation.

“It is morally unacceptable for the Democratic House majority to stand by and do nothing as Americans needlessly die and families fall into despair.” 
—Joseph Geevarghese, Our Revolution

To underscore the life-or-death urgency of passing Medicare for All, Our Revolution members plan to drive an ambulance to the home offices of House Democrats who have yet to sign on to Jayapal’s Medicare for All Act of 2019.

The nationwide tour kicked off Thursday in the Maryland district of House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a long-time opponent of single-payer.

“Each day House Democrats fail to lead, lives are lost,” Joseph Geevarghese, national director of Our Revolution, said in a statement. “It is morally unacceptable for the Democratic House majority to stand by and do nothing as Americans needlessly die and families fall into despair.”

“The truth is Medicare for All is a progressive litmus test—either you’re on the side of the sick and the suffering or you’re with corporate healthcare CEOs,” said Geevarghese.

Speaking at the launch event on Thursday, Dr. Laura Kaplan—a member of Our Revolution Maryland—urged Hoyer to join his fellow Maryland Reps. Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes, and Elijah Cummings in supporting the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

“It is important to remember that we did not arrive at our current healthcare payment system for moral, ethical, or inevitable economic reasons,” Kaplan said while standing in front of a sign that read “Democrats Against Medicare for All Make Me Sick.”

“As a medical doctor,” Kaplan said, “my prescription for our nation is universal healthcare.”

Watch the Maryland event:

The Medicare for All ambulance is expected to travel to Texas, Wisconsin, and other states before a final event at the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Florida, on June 26 and 27.

“This is no ordinary road trip—this is an emergency campaign to go after politicians who are unwilling to stand up for our basic human right to healthcare,” Geevarghese wrote in an email to supporters on Wednesday. “It is time to hold Democrats—like Steny Hoyer—accountable.”

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