Cohen supports Medicare for All

Cohen said programs like Medicare are now mainstream and accepted as essential for those eligible.  

MEMPHIS –– Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) supports a Medicare for All program for Tennessee and the rest of the country.

Over the summer, Cohen released a statement on the 53rd anniversary of Medicare and said that program and Medicaid helped millions of Americans over the last five decades to live healthier lives.

"As an advocate of Medicare for All, I know the safety net programs can be expanded and improved but, especially on this anniversary, I stand with those who want to make Medicare and Medicaid stronger and better and against proposals, like those advocated by House Speaker Paul Ryan, that would slash federal funding for these lifesaving programs," Cohen said.

Cohen said programs like Medicare are now mainstream and accepted as essential for those eligible.

Cohen was one of more than 100 Democrats who supported a Medicare for All bill in 2017. HR 676 would establish the Medicare for All Program to provide Americans with free health care, including mental health care, dental coverage and vision coverage.

HR 676 was first introduced by former Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Michigan).

Cohen has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Tennessee's 9th district since 2007. He was a member of the Tennessee Senate for the 30th district from 1983 until 2006.

Prior to that, Cohen was a commissioner for the Shelby County Commission.

Many of Cohen's votes center around human rights for Americans, including access to health care.

Cohen also sought to repeal a ban on lotteries in the Tennessee State Constitution for nearly 20 years. The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program was established in 2004. So far, the lottery has raised more than $4 billion for higher education in the state.

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