From our allies at One Payer States: Exciting news! And a call to action:

Headshot of Sen. Ed Markey wearing a blue suit jacket, white shirt, and purple tie.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

This week we got the very exciting news that the State-Based Universal Health Care Act (H.R. 6270 or “SBUHCA”) will be introduced into the U.S. Senate!

This is a huge development. Originally introduced into the House in 2015 by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) and carried since 2019 by Rep. Ro Khanna – Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) will be introducing the bill into the Senate for the very first time giving us the rare opportunity to ask all 100 members of the U.S. Senate for co-sponsorship.

What’s the SBUHCA?

The State-Based Universal Health Care Act (SBUHCA) unlocks the power of the states by enabling them to design and implement statewide universal healthcare systems while accessing federal money from multiple federal healthcare programs. Unlike a similar provision in the Affordable Care Act, the SBUHCA adds regulatory protections and important Medicare and ERISA waivers for a more complete package.

We need as many co-sponsors as possible!

Please use the following form to automatically send a letter to both of your US Senators asking them to be an original co-sponsor of the Senate version of the SBUHCA.

What’s our deadline? Friday 3/29 at 5 PM EST

While we will still be able to push for co-sponsorship, the deadline for original co-sponsorship will be Friday March 29th at 5pm EST.

Original co-sponsorship is an opportunity for congressmembers to distinguish themselves as leaders providing special support to a bill as it makes its debut to the rest of Congress, the press, and the public.

What can I do for extra credit?

  • Forward this to a friend or organization to spread the word even farther. You may also use this sample email template.
  • Call your Senators – (202) 224-3121 – this phone number will put you in touch with a switchboard operator who will connect you to your Senators’ office. Or you can look up their number online.

Don’t delay. Take this easy action now and we can lift our demand for Universal Healthcare progress.