Harder Spotlights Central Valley At Medicare For All Rollout

February 27, 2019
Press Release
During my listening tour in the Central Valley, I’ve heard the same thing come up again and again: we need to do something about the costs of health care.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, February 27th Rep. Josh Harder (CA-10) joined with other members of Congress to introduce Medicare for All. Harder was the only member from California to speak on Wednesday’s rollout.

At the rollout, Rep Harder said:

“During my listening tour in the Central Valley, I’ve heard the same thing come up again and again: we need to do something about the costs of health care. In our community, premiums are rising, the cost of prescription drugs are rising, but the quality of care isn’t keeping up. I made a promise to the Central Valley I’d do something about it. Today, we take the first step towards fulfilling that promise.”

Watch Rep. Harder Speak by clicking on the picture or clicking HERE.

Lack of quality health care hits rural communities like the Central Valley especially hard. There are over 350,000 uninsured individuals in the Central Valley, the highest region in California after Los Angeles and Inland Empire. In California, over half of uninsured are Latino, a quarter are millennials, and one-in-three earns less than $25,000 per year.

At over $10,000 spent per person annually, the U.S. spends more money on healthcare than any other industrialized nation. Nevertheless, the quality of our healthcare is much worse—the life expectancy in the U.S. is lower than other nations, while our infant mortality rate is much higher. Nearly 30 million Americans are uninsured and at least 40 million more cannot afford the costs of their co-pays and deductibles.

The Medicare for All Act of 2019 improves and expands the overwhelmingly successful and popular Medicare program, guaranteeing every person living in the United States access to healthcare with comprehensive benefits.