If the building momentum for a single-payer or Medicare-for-All healthcare system wasn’t already clear, developments this week should more than make up for that.
Declaring that “healthcare is a fundamental human right” and TrumpCare is “an abomination,” Democratic New Jersey State Assemblyman John Wisniewski on Thursday announced draft legislation to provide universal coverage for the state’s residents.
“It is unconscionable that in this day and age, families must go without health insurance coverage because of its cost,” Wisniewski, a gubernatorial candidate, said in a statement announcing the Healthy New Jersey Act. “We must find a way to eliminate the profit motive from our healthcare decisions and provide services to everyone regardless of their income.”
“TrumpCare is not the way forward,” he stated, adding: “The current system prioritizes dollars over lives.”
“The only way to truly solve the problem of providing affordable healthcare is creating a single-payer system,” Wisniewski said.
The draft legislation was unveiled to get comments from experts and stakeholders and will be introduced in the next legislative session, the statement explains.
The New Jersey chapter of Our Revolution, which endorsed Wisniewski’s gubernatorial bid this week, said on Twitter that it applauded the legislation, as “It’s long past time we have Single Payer!”
The same day as Wisniewski unveiled his legislation, a single-payer healthcare bill in California, which supporters hope can “send a message” and “be a catalyst for the nation,” advanced.
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