Likely presidential candidate, East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell, was in Iowa yesterday and Monday. The week prior, Swalwell spent the weekend in New Hamsphire.
His continued presence in both first-in-the-nation caucus and primaries is fueling certainty that he will announce a run for the presidency sometime this spring.
In an opinion piece for NBC News this weekend, Swalwell laid out one of his first definitive possible platforms, support for Medicare for All.
The recent hospitalization of his infant daughter for a respiratory virus signaled to Swalwell that all Americans need greater access to health care without the worry of exorbitant medical bills.
“We need a Medicare for All universal health guarantee. We need, and Americans deserve, a health care system in which if you get sick you get seen, as well as one in which if you get seen, you don’t go broke because of it,” Swalwell wrote. “The rest of the industrialized world figured this out long ago; it’s past time that we catch up.”
Swalwell, however, gives no explanation for how to pay for Medicare for All.
But he also urged for more federal funding for curing diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, cancer and cystic fibrosis.
“So, no more half-steps,” he wrote. “Let’s pass coverage for all today, and spend money to make sure there are cures for all tomorrow. Ponder your own child’s precious health, and then let’s go big, be bold and do good for all of our children, and their children, too.”