September 12, 2017 4:15 a.m.
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley says he will cosponsor Senator Bernie Sanders “Medicare for All” legislation.
Merkley says as he talked with Oregonians and people around America while Congress debated health care earlier this year, he heard from many about the importance of “not only solidifying the gains we have made, but also simplifying our fragmented health care system to ensure that no Americans fall through the cracks”.
The junior senator says that health care “should be a right for every single American”, and not a ‘privilege reserved for the healthy and the wealthy”.
Merkley says that right now the health care system is complex, fragmented and stressful. He says it would be “terrific to have a simple seamless system” where Americans will get the care they need.
Senator Sanders legislation is expected to be introduced later this week.