Health debate energizing Tucson 'Medicare for All' proponents

Stephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes
Jul 15, 2017 Updated Jul 16, 2017  

Universal health care is far from the plan Republican leaders are proposing, but it’s getting some love in Southern Arizona.

Advocates cite various factors fueling single-payer popularity.

These include fear about recent Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also called Obamacare), a public that’s more well-versed in health care and a repackaged “Medicare for All” message that they say makes the single-payer concept more understandable and palatable.

Nowhere was local support for that kind of system more obvious than at a standing-room-only health forum hosted by Tucson Medical Center June 26. A question about single-payer health care drew cheers, not from one or two lone voices, but from a chorus across the room of 700 people.

While the response from expert panelists at the forum was tempered, the audience’s enthusiasm was clear. Signs saying “Healthcare not Wealthcare” and “No More Pay Up Or Die Plans!” dotted the entrance to the event. The crowd was energized.

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