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Progressive House Democrats to host health care strategy session

Progressive House Democrats to host health care strategy session
© Greg Nash

Three members of the House's growing progressive wing will attend a strategy session Wednesday for left-leaning health care activists aimed at defining priorities under President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE's administration.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE (D-N.Y.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade MORE (D-Wash.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.) will join the Center for Health and Democracy's Wendell Potter to "chart the path forward on transforming our broken health care system," according to a tweet from Potter.

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“At a time when millions of Americans are dying or going bankrupt because of a broken, profit-driven scheme that enriches corporations, it’s vital and urgent that we transform our healthcare system,” said Potter, a former executive with health insurance giant Cigna.

“During this pandemic when a countless number of Americans have lost their jobs and health insurance, insurance companies like the ones I worked for are posting record profits, and they’ll be using that windfall to try to stop any progress next year," Potter continued. "This conversation, with some of the most forward thinking leaders on healthcare in our nation, will begin building the grassroots support we need to beat back these forces.”

The three congresswomen are all co-sponsors of a 2019 House bill that would implement a single-payer "Medicare for All" health care system, a plan that has faced resistance from the Democratic Party's establishment wing and was championed most famously by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage, implying that it's sexist Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Schumer insists Democrats unified after chaotic coronavirus debate MORE (I-Vt.) during his two unsuccessful Democratic primary bids.

Biden's plan would expand the Affordable Care Act, passed under the Obama administration, as well as provide a public option, or a government-funded health care plan that would compete with existing private plans already in the marketplace.