Texas city becomes 1st in state, 100th in nation to endorse 'Medicare for All'

The city of Denton, Texas, passed a resolution May 18 endorsing "Medicare for All," becoming the 100th municipality in the nation and the first in Texas to do so, according to WFAA.

The resolution comes just days after the reintroduction of the Medicare for All Act by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, which would expand the federal program to all U.S. citizens within four years of its passage.

Large municipalities that have also formally endorsed the measure include New Orleans; Knoxville, Tenn.; Cook County, Ill.; South Bend, Ind.; New Haven, Conn.; and Sacramento, Calif.  

"I want to congratulate Public Citizen, and all those involved, on the passage of the 100th local government resolution in support of Medicare for All," Mr. Sanders said in a news release.

Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

Denton councilmember Alison Maguire told WFAA a single-payer healthcare system would cut over $23 million from the city's annual employee benefits budget.

"In light of all that, I wholeheartedly agree that it's appropriate for the Denton City Council to voice our support for Medicare for All at the federal level," Ms. Maguire said. 

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