BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday will host a livestream on why the coronavirus pandemic proves the necessity to assure well being care as a human proper via Medicare for All.
Sanders will likely be joined by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Dr. Claudia Fegan and Bernie 2020 Health Care Constituency Director Michael Lighty.
Laura Jean Anderson and MAX will present music for the stream, which may be seen at stay.berniesanders.com.
Rep. Jayapal was elected in 2016 is now serving her second time period in Congress representing Washington’s seventh District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its surrounding areas. She is the primary South Asian American lady even elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and one in every of solely 14 naturalized residents presently serving in Congress. Jayapal is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which makes up nearly 40 % of the House Democratic majority. She was the National Health Policy Chair and Washington State Chair for Bernie 2020, and is the lead sponsor of H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019. Jayapal is the Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, and in addition serves on the House Budget Committee and House Education and Labor Committee.
Dr. El-Sayed is a doctor, epidemiologist, public well being professional, and progressive activist. He is the Chair of Southpaw Michigan and previously the Health Director for the City of Detroit. He is the writer of the e-book Healing Politics, calling for a politics of empathy to remedy our epidemic of insecurity. He is the host of “America Dissected,” a podcast by Crooked Media, which fits past the headlines to discover what actually issues for our well being.
Dr. Fegan is chief medical officer of Cook County Health and is previous president of the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. In 2016, Modern Healthcare named Dr. Fegan one in every of “10 Minority Executives to Watch,” noting her achievements within the medical occupation and her single-payer activism. Dr. Fegan is nationwide coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program and has appeared on nationwide tv and radio applications, testified earlier than congressional committees, and lectured extensively to each medical and group audiences. She is a co-author of the e-book “Universal Healthcare: What the United States Can Learn from Canada” and a contributor to “10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care.”
Lighty has organized, advocated and developed coverage for single-payer, Medicare for All, nationally and in California for 30 years. He is a founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute. A frontrunner in DSA’s Medicare For All marketing campaign, Lighty retired final 12 months from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the place he was director of public coverage. Most not too long ago, he served as well being care constituency director for Bernie 2020.