Democratic congresswoman starts Medicare for All PAC
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), one of the co-chairs of the House's Medicare for All caucus, is starting a PAC to raise money for congressional candidates who support the issue, per Huffington Post.
Why it matters: Single-payer health care is no longer a far-fetched fantasy of the left. It's now part of the Democratic Party's identity in the Trump era.
The big picture: 20% of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's (DCCC) "Red to Blue" candidates support Medicare for All, Jayapal told HuffPost.
- It has been a winning issue for Democrats running in congressional races from Pennsylvania to Kentucky.
- With only two months until the midtersms, this can only be so helpful for candidates running this cycle, but Jayapal said she hopes the PAC helps Democrats in 2020.
- Jayapal said Democrats' best shot at victory in November is to continue campaigning on similar issues, but Republicans are tying Democrats in competitive races to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a way to weaponize Medicare for All ahead of the election.
The bottom line: “People are cautious about this sometimes because they don’t have all the information,” Jayapal told HuffPost. “And I really hope that the PAC serves not only as a source of financial support, but that we can help candidates to feel comfortable talking about the issue.”