It’s Not Just Mitch McConnell Blocking Votes on Legislation for Good Reason
This past Friday as the congressional August recess was ending, H.R. 1384, the Medicare-for-all legislation in the House, crossed a milestone with the 118th co-sponsor signing on and supporting the single-payer health care legislation. As reported in Friday’s edition of The Washington Post, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries became the 118th co-sponsor, and the 2nd member of House leadership to cosponsor the bill.
Combined with the sponsor, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D, WA), 119 of the House’s 235 Democrats now support Medicare-for-all. No Republican has signed on as a cosponsor.
As reported here on McHenry County Blog back on 8/3, neither Congressman Sean Casten or Congresswoman Lauren Underwood have signed-on to the socialist legislation to transform health care, and Medicare from the partial free market/socialist system under Obamacare to the completely socialist Medicare-for-all.
From Friday’s Post article:
More than half of all House Democrats now support Medicare-for-all, but that’s not likely to prompt Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow a vote on the floor.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the chamber’s No. 5 Democrat, signed on to the bill from Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) this week. He’s the 118th House member and the second-highest-ranking Democrat to back the legislation — showing the party’s growing aspirations to scrap much of the U.S. health-care system in favor of a single Medicare-like plan for everyone.
Jayapal, who has been working to bring more sponsors to her bill after introducing it in February, said getting the support of members of House leadership “is proof of the growing momentum for Medicare-for-all in Congress and in communities across America.”
Despite urging from the progressives in her caucus, Pelosi has resisted holding a floor vote on Medicare-for-all — a vote that could be difficult for moderates in her party given that it would overhaul coverage for millions of Americans and is sharply opposed by industry.The Washington Post, 9/6/19, emphasis from the Post
And let’s add single-payer is opposed by millions of Americans, too, and given neither Casten or Underwood have signed-on, that opposition includes, for the moment, Democrats who represent McHenry County.
The Post article also said Congressman Jeffries has signed-on to legislation known as “Medicare-X”, which adds a public option to the Obamacare Marketplace. This legislation, H.R. 2000, is sponsored by Congressman Antonio Delgado (D, NY) and including Jeffries, has 19 co-sponsors. Like Medicare-for-all, Medicare-X is not supported by Casten, Underwood and Republicans. Indeed, none of Illinois’ 13 Democratic House members have signed-on to Medicare-X.
The Post finishes its write-up by citing nearly all of the Democratic presidential candidates have backed-away from their pure Medicare-for-all stances, and only Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren now support the completely socialist Medicare-for-All as proposed in the House legislation, or the Senate bill written by Sanders.
The Post link and legislative links are below:
- The Washington Post 9/6/19: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2019/09/06/the-health-202-more-than-half-of-house-democrats-now-support-medicare-for-all/5d714b40602ff171a5d7343e
- Medicare-for-all H.R. 1384: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1384/text
- Medicare-X H.R. 2000: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2000/text
Catalina Lauf Interview with FOX Business News
IL-14 Republican candidate Catalina Lauf returned to TV on Monday and was interviewed on FOX Business News by Trish Regan:
The interview last night recapped the major themes of Catalina’s campaign but it was the first time since before Labor Day she was interviewed on TV. The link to view the nearly 4 minutes segment can be seen here:
Both Jeanne Ives and Evelyn Sanguinetti Appear at Dundee Township Republicans Picnic
As was written elsewhere (Illinois Review), the 2 Republican candidates for IL-06 appeared at the Dundee Township Republicans Picnic in West Dundee on Sunday.
McHenry County Blog thanks Linda Prestia, Dundee Township Republican precinct committeewoman and the Dundee Township Republican Organization for providing excellent video coverage of their annual picnic. Both Ives’ and Sanguinetti’s speeches are online and linked below.
In addition to the two IL-06 Republican candidates, other elected officials and candidates attending included:
- Kane County Board member Cliff Surges (R, Gilberts, in background of Sanguinetti video pic)
- McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen
- State Senator Don DeWitte
- IL-14 congressional candidate Anthony Catella
- State Representative Allen Skillicorn
- McHenry County Board Member and state representative candidate Carolyn Schofield
- U.S. Senate candidate Mark Curran
- U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Tom Tarter
- And too many others to list
The video links to both Ives’ and Sanguinetti’s respective speeches on Sunday are below, as well as a link to the Illinois Review article about the event published yesterday:
- Jeanne Ives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqeFHetx_Yo
- Evelyn Sanguinetti: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVn9vWiXxDA
- Illinois Review Article 9/9/19: https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/09/wheres-weyermuller-at-the-dundee-township-republican-picnic-2019.html