Moments before Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VA) introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2017, Justice Democrats, a National Progressive organization endorsed Peter Jacob, who seeks the 2018 Democratic nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7). Justice Democrats is a new political action committee founded earlier this year by Cenk Uygur (The Young Turks), Kyle Julinski (Secular Talk), and former senior staffers from the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Peter joins 15 other candidates who have been endorsed by this organization including Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17).
“To ensure a democracy and an economy that works for everyone – regardless of religion, color, sexual orientation, or class – America needs new leaders with a vision and plan,” Jacob said in a statement. “Justice Democrats have a clear policy platform as well as the candidates, who are unwavering in their commitment to put people above politics. I’m honored to stand beside fellow Justice Democrats who will fight to restore the people’s voice in our government.” The Democrat failed by 11 points in his 2016 bid to unseat Lance and now wants a return bout. He will have to compete against multiple Democrats, among them Lisa Mandelblatt, Goutam Jois, Scott Salmon and Linda Weber, all whom are in the contest for next year’s Democratic Party nod to go up against the incumbent Republican Congressman.
Jacob appears intent on riding a progressive message.
“We deserve better than an inadequate and heartless health insurance system in America, we deserve health care,” the candidate said after collecting the endorsement. “In 2016, I was unapologetic in supporting a Medicare For All program in our nation, and today I am proud to stand with congress-people like Cory Booker, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Donald Payne Jr. and support Medicare for All in 2017 and beyond. When medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy and some people must choose between paying for food or medicine in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, it clear that we need to start treating health care as human right.”