I just discovered that congresswoman Betty McCollum has not yet signed on as a co-sponsor of  H.R. 676 Medicare for All bill that has already garnered 112 cosponsors.  Here is the official listing of the co-sponsors.  I thought about this after watching a Jimmy Dore youtube video where he interviews a guy who is primarying against Nancy Pelosi, who is also not yet a cosponsor and who has said words to the effect that she is against single payer.  This makes me wonder if maybe I should primary against McCollum, even though she doesn’t represent my residential district.  That would be a little ironic because congressman Jason Lewis ‘represents’ my district, but resides in McCollum’s district.

Democratic constituents, in these congressional districts that lean so heavily Democratic that the Dem candidate is all but guaranteed to get elected, should see the primaries as brass ring opportunities to get the most progressive candidate possible.  By that I mean there isn’t much of a need in those districts for a candidate to compromise in order to acquire the moderate fence sitters that might get put off by the far left progressive positions of a candidate.  But instead, it seems more so that the opposite has occurred, whereby the constituents of perennial House Democrats settle for progressive mediocrity in electing very conventional neoliberal, corporate friendly candidates.

 

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2 thoughts on “Why hasn’t Congresswoman Betty McCollum yet cosponsored H.R. 676 Medicare for all single payer act?

  1. I would personally love to see a progressive challenge betty mccollum in my district! I have called her multiple times, left emails asking for a follow up, even tryed on social media platforms asking for her to cosponsor this bill. I have talked with many progressives in this district and they have had the same results. Hopefully someone would step up be a progressive runner up.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I think Mccollum is allied with Pelosi in the House, which, given Pelosi’s apparent position against single payer, may partially explain Mccollum’s not signing on to the bill.

      So, I’m still seriously considering throwing my hat into the ring as I also have a lot of other ideas outside of Medicare for All, that I don’t think are even being considered by even the progressive Democrats currently in the House and Senate.

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