Supporting Medicare for All

WHEREAS, the number of Americans without health insurance is still nearly 30 million, while more than 40 million Americans remain underinsured, despite important gains made since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act;

WHEREAS, every person in America/Texas deserves high-quality health care;

WHEREAS, the never-ending rising costs of health care add challenges to our already strapped municipal budgets and our small businesses, which keep our communities thriving;

WHEREAS, Medicare for All would provide national health insurance for every person in the United States for all necessary medical care, including prescription drugs; hospital, surgical and outpatient services; primary and preventive care; emergency services; women’s reproductive care; dental and vision care; and long-term care;

WHEREAS, Medicare for All would provide coverage without copays, deductibles or other out-of-pocket costs, and would slash bureaucracy, protect the doctor-patient relationship and assure patients a free choice of doctors;

WHEREAS, recent polls show that a majority of Americans support Medicare for All;

WHEREAS, Medicare for All will guarantee that all residents of America/Texas will be fully covered for health care without copays, deductibles or other out-of-pocket costs, and would save millions in taxpayer dollars now spent on premiums that provide often inadequate health insurance coverage for government employees;

WHEREAS, the quality of life for the residents of Texas will vastly improve because they would be able to get the ongoing care they need, instead of waiting until they have a medical emergency that could upend their lives as well as further burden local resources;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Texas AFL-CIO enthusiastically supports Medicare for All and calls on the Texas federal legislative delegation to work toward assuring appropriate and efficient health care for all residents of the United States; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Texas AFL-CIO expresses its enthusiastic support for the Health Texas Act and calls upon our state legislators to work toward its immediate enactment.

Submitted by National Nurses United