House Leadership Seeks CBO Score for HR676; single-payer will get a floor vote
Democratic members of the House of Representatives are hearing the people. Keep the pressure on! It started with the tenacious Anthony Weiner of New York. California's Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, changed her mind in July and said single payer would get an up-or-down floor vote.
Now Maryland's Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader, says the Congressional leadership has asked the Congressional Budget Office to score House Resolution 676, entitled "To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, and for other purposes" -- aka United States National Health Insurance Act.
This bill's other short title is the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act -- and according to SinglePayerAction, Hoyer's told a constituent he'll address single payer and the effort to get HR 676 scored at a town hall this week:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) said on Friday that he will address the vote on single payer and the effort to get the CBO to score it at a town hall meeting on health care he is scheduled to attend in Waldorf, Maryland on Tuesday.
“Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has put single payer on the table,” Paris told Single Payer Action. “She has called for an up or down vote on the Weiner amendment when Congress convenes in the fall. I pointed that out to Congressman Hoyer, along with the fact that the Congressional leadership has just called to have HR 676 scored by the Congressional Budget Office.”
“So those two events – asking to have HR 676 scored, and calling for an up or down vote on the Weiner amendment – puts single payer on the table as an option in the ongoing health care debate,” Dr. Paris said.