Pramila Jayapal Frustrated by Democrats Using Medicare for All Label to Push Plans 'That Are Not Medicare for All'

Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Tuesday voiced her frustration with fellow Democrats who are attaching the Medicare for All label to proposals that fall well short of the core principles and goals of single-payer healthcare.

“The Medicare for All movement is powerful because grassroots members have fought for years to achieve true universal healthcare and remove the profit-motive from the system.”
—Rep. Pramila Jayapal

“I appreciate the robust healthcare debate my Democratic colleagues have brought to the table,” Jayapal tweeted. “But as lead sponsor of Medicare for All [in the House], I find it misleading when my fellow Democrats use the M4A name to describe proposals that are not Medicare for All.”

Though Jayapal did not mention Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) by name, the Washington Democrat’s criticism appears to have been directed at Harris’s newly released healthcare plan, which single-payer advocates have criticized as Medicare for All in name only.

Jayapal outlined the fundamental components of a Medicare for All system and said any proposal that does not live up to those standards “is not Medicare for All.”