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ANDOVER, MA — State senator and congressional candidate Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) praised the formation of a new Medicare-for-All Caucus in Congress
, and publicly committed to joining it in January.
Senator L’Italien has been a champion for single-payer health care in the legislature for more than a decade, long before the idea became politically popular. Her long record of leadership has earned her the endorsement of Mass-Care, the state’s single-payer advocacy organization, along with powerful voices on this issue like the Massachusetts Nurses Association and state senator Jamie Eldridge.
“I remember how scary it was sitting at my kitchen table, going over my bills and worrying how I could afford basic care my son needed. I don’t want any other parent to have to live with that fear,” L’Italien said. “Every single person in this country has the right to accessible, affordable health care. I am so glad so many members of Congress are coming together in support of that goal.
“Medicare-for-All is more popular than ever, but if we are going to make this long-time vision reality, we have to make the effort to build our coalitions and strength in numbers. Expanding health care coverage will not be easy, but I’ve done it in Massachusetts and I know what it takes.
“I am proud to be the single-payer candidate in this race, and I look forward to joining the Medicare-for-All Caucus in doing the hard work to make it happen. That’s why I’m asking voters to send me to Washington.”
Improving our health care system has been at the heart of Barbara L’Italien’s legislative efforts. She became an advocate because her son Rudy wasn’t getting the health care and education he needed, and brick-by-brick successfully built the nation’s best service delivery system for people with autism. Her victories included expanding insurance so that thousands of people with autism like Rudy could access effective, affordable care. She also worked on and helped pass legislation to get Massachusetts to near-universal coverage, what became the basis for Obamacare.