Sep 17, 2016 2:53 PM GMT
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/09/15/progressives-push-public-option-health-plan/90375964/WASHINGTON -- Progressive senators and activists are launching a campaign Thursday calling for every American to have the choice of a public health insurance option.
They aim to build on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s support for a public option with what they hope will be the biggest health care push by Democrats since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Chuck Schumer of New York, Patty Murray of Washington and Dick Durbin of Illinois, and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will introduce a resolution stating the Senate supports efforts to build on the ACA by ensuring all Americans have access to a public option in addition to coverage options provided by private insurers.
Schumer, who is expected to take over as Senate Democratic leader in 2017, said in a statement, “We need more competition in the insurance markets, not less, and a public option would help reduce costs and provide consumers with more affordable options.”
A coalition of activists led by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), including Presente.org, UltraViolet, Working Families Party, MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, Daily Kos, and the AFL-CIO, hopes to mobilize millions of people to call their senators and support the resolution in a petition at WeWantAPublicOption.com.