Pramila Jayapal

“Let’s Make It Happen!” Declares Jayapal of Medicare for All After Single-Payer in Canada Lauded as Shield Against Pandemic

Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Thursday made a fresh call for the U.S. to implement Medicare for All in response to an op-ed from an American doctor working in Canada who says that country’s universal health coverage allowed it to have a better response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Hendry is a US doctor in Canada. …

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“Let’s Make It Happen!” Declares Jayapal of Medicare for All After Single-Payer in Canada Lauded as Shield Against Pandemic

Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Thursday made a fresh call for the U.S. to implement Medicare for All in response to an op-ed from an American doctor working in Canada who says that country’s universal health coverage allowed it to have a better response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Hendry is a US doctor in Canada. …

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‘Greed Is a Danger to Public Health’: Progressive Caucus Urges Ban on Big Pharma Coronavirus Price-Gouging

In the wake of Gilead’s announcement that it will charge U.S. hospitals $3,120 per privately insured patient for a treatment course of Covid-19 drug remdesivir, the Congressional Progressive Caucus is calling on Congress to pass legislation combating the pharmaceutical industry’s effort to “profiteer off a pandemic” by imposing exorbitant prices. “This doesn’t come as a …

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Progressive Lawmakers Call on US to ‘Take a Clear Stand’ by Suspending Military Aid If Israel Carries Out ‘Illegal’ Annexation

Peace and justice advocates are praising a letter from a dozen House Democrats urging further military aid to Israel be conditioned on the state not annexing larger swaths of the occupied West Bank and calling on Congress to ensure the human rights of the Palestinian people be respected. “Our generation of American Jews are clearly …

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‘This Bill Should Immediately Pass’: Applause for New US Legislation to Ban Facial Recognition

In a move cheered by civil liberties advocates, a quartet of progressives in Congress announced on Thursday they will introduce sweeping legislation to effectively ban government use of facial recognition and other biometric technology nationwide, citing threats to privacy rights and the well established flaws of such tools. “This bill would boldly affirm the civil …

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Progressives Have Good Chance to Move a ‘Receptive’ Biden to the Left, Says Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders told The New Yorker Tuesday that he believes former Vice President Joe Biden can be pushed to the left on a number of issues if he wins the 2020 general election. In an interview titled “Bernie Sanders Is Not Done Fighting,” the Vermont independent senator refused to “sugarcoat” his political differences with his former …

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‘We Can and Must Do Better’: House Passes Massive $3 Trillion Relief Package, But Progressives Say More Must Be Done

The Democrat majority House of Representatives passed a massive, $3 trillion coronavirus relief stimulus package known as the HEROES Act roughly along party lines on Friday night despite progressive concerns over the bill’s provisions.  “The truth is that while a significant step in the right direction, the bill does not go far enough to provide …

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Sanders Bill Would Expand Medicare During Covid-19 Crisis Instead of Costlier Plan to Prop Up Private Insurers

Countering a proposal from Democratic congressional leadership to subsidize private health insurers, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday led a group of progressive lawmakers in introducing a competing bill to leverage the existing Medicare payment infrastructure to cover all out-of pocket health costs for every person in the country during the coronavirus pandemic. “During this public …

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Senate Staffer Warns Congress ‘Sleepwalking Toward a Gut-Wrenching, Painful Failure’ on Covid-19 Relief

A senior Democratic Senate staffer wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread Tuesday morning that he has “never been so dejected” by the state of policymaking on Capitol Hill and warned that Congress is “sleepwalking toward a gut-wrenching, painful failure” as it refuses to advance solutions that match the scale of the coronavirus pandemic and the …

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‘Serial IG Purges’ by Trump Fuel Dems’ Call for Anti-Corruption Provisions in Next Covid Package

Sen. Richard Blumenthal pointed on Sunday to President Donald Trump’s intention to oust another inspector general—this time of a Department of Health and Human Services watchdog—to bolster his call for the next coronavirus legislative relief package to include measures to “forestall fraud and favoritism.” Trump’s serial IG purges must be stopped as part of a …

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As Millions Stripped of Health Coverage Amid Covid-19, House Dems Unveil Bill for Emergency Expansion of Medicare and Medicaid

As Millions Stripped of Health Coverage Amid Covid-19, House Dems Unveil Bill for Emergency Expansion of Medicare and Medicaid Read As Millions Stripped of Health Coverage Amid Covid-19, House Dems Unveil Bill for Emergency Expansion of Medicare and Medicaid on Common Dreams

‘Incrementalism Is Not Helpful in This Moment’: Ocasio-Cortez Rejects Settling for Crumbs in Next Covid-19 Stimulus

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the only Democrat in Congress to oppose the previous multi-trillion-dollar coronavirus stimulus package, said during a conference call with progressive leaders Monday that communities across the U.S. cannot afford another incremental relief bill that delivers crumbs for the vulnerable and massive bailouts for big businesses. “Incrementalism is not helpful in this moment,” …

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Progressive Caucus Demands Pelosi Unveil Bold Coronavirus Package That Includes $2,000 Monthly Cash Payments, Vote-by-Mail

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to meet the coronavirus crisis with the urgency it deserves by advancing another sweeping stimulus package that—unlike the previous business-friendly legislation—guarantees economic security for all, protects public health, and ensures election safety. “Our actions now can lay the foundation for a just and resilient …

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