House panel sets 'Medicare for All' hearing for next week

House panel sets 'Medicare for All' hearing for next week
© Greg Nash

The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing next week on "Medicare for All," the proposal that would shift the U.S. to a single-payer health care system.

The June 12 hearing will mark the first time the proposal is considered by a committee that has jurisdiction over health care issues.

A spokeswoman for committee Democrats said the hearing would cover Medicare for All and "other potential pathways to universal coverage."

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The scheduled hearing before one of the most powerful House committees is a big win for progressive Democrats, who have been lobbying leadership to take the proposal seriously.

The news was first reported by Politico.

The House version of Medicare for All, sponsored by Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalSanders to propose canceling .6 trillion in US student debt Democrats not keen to reignite Jerusalem embassy fight GOP rep: Trump needs to retaliate against Iran to deter other hostile nations MORE (D-Wash.), a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has 110 Democratic co-sponsors.

And a version from Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE (I-Vt.) is backed by 14 senators, including four who are running for president.

Supporters also received hearings this year in the Budget and the Rules committees, but they were low-key affairs as neither have jurisdiction over health care.

The Ways and Means Committee hearing is likely to put pressure on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the other panel with control over health care issues, to focus on Medicare for All.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneBipartisan House lawmakers announce compromise anti-robocall bill Key senators release bipartisan package to lower health care costs Top Trump health official warned against controversial ObamaCare changes in private memo MORE (D-N.J.) has been noncommittal on holding a Medicare for All hearing, instead focusing on strengthening the Affordable Care Act.