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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 BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE's administration.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezKamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (D-N.Y.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Trump, attorneys step up efforts to reverse election's outcome 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 SandersClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members 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.