Despite 85% of Democrats, and 67% of the public supporting the policy, 7 weeks ago the Democratic National Committee rejected adding Single Payer Healthcare to the party platform by a more than 3-1 margin, 36-125.
The Michigan Democratic Party embraced Single Payer Healthcare as part of the state platform with a 98% margin.
"Catherine Manigold is a delegate to the DNC from Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District and a primary author of the resolution. She was among 1,000 delegates who voted against the DNC platform because Medicare for All was excluded.
Manigold said millions of Americans losing their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic illustrates the need to replace employer-provided health insurance. Public support rose throughout the pandemic, with 87% of Democrats, 69% of independents and 43% of Republicans saying they were in favor of Medicare for All in one national poll.
The Michigan Democratic Party’s adoption of the policy represents a major leap forward, she said, though the idea still lacks support from presidential nominee Joe Biden and a few Michigan Democrats in Congress.
“We’re going to get slammed with this economic downturn and to not have health care available is a sin,” Manigold said. “There are a lot of people out there that are already suffering and there are people that don’t even know that they’re going to be suffering.”
The Michigan platform urges all Democrats, including candidates, incumbents and Biden to support a universal, government-run health care system. It also calls on Michigan’s nine Democrats in Congress vote for the Medicare for All Act.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, is the lead sponsor of the Medicare for All Act. The bill, which has not received a vote in the House, expands Medicare coverage to every person living in the U.S., without insurance premiums, deductibles, copays or other out-of-pocket costs."