For Immediate Release
July 18, 2019
Business for Medicare for All Contact: Will Drabold
Postmates Contact: April Conyers or Vikrum Aiyer
Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann joins Business for Medicare for All
Business for Medicare for All (BM4A), the national coalition representing and organizing thousands of business owners and companies who support a Medicare for All system in the United States, is excited to welcome the technology company Postmates -- the pioneer of on-demand delivery, with the largest delivery network in the industry across 3,500 cities -- to the fight for Medicare for All.
In an op-ed published Monday in CNN, Bastian Lehmann, the CEO of Postmates, announced his company’s support of Medicare for All and urged other gig economy companies to embrace similar policies that will support their increasingly mobile workforce.
Bastian Lehman | CEO, Postmates
Lehmann laid out a bold new policy platform for investing in the economic certainty of workers at gig economy companies. He called on fellow tech industry leaders and elected officials to craft a new social compact that encourages entrepreneurship and guarantees a portable benefits system for workers to better support contract workers in all industries.
Medicare for All is the obvious solution to America’s healthcare crisis, and would ensure that no one ever risks losing access to health care from switching jobs, starting a new business, or becoming self-employed. The average American will change jobs 12 times during their career, a number that is expected to continue growing as younger people often spend less than five years at any job.
"Postmates is one of the biggest names in the gig-economy,” said Wendell Potter, President of Business for Medicare for All. “We’re excited to see them leading the charge on restructuring benefits to be more portable and less tied to the workplace, especially health care benefits. Bastian is setting the pace for all tech CEOs by calling for Medicare for All. But he is far from the last. We will work tirelessly to raise business voices to call for a federally-financed, privately-delivered health care system."
“Gig workers, young people who shift jobs frequently, and entrepreneurs trying to create new businesses all need the security of benefits that will be there for them no matter what,” said Bastian Lehmann, CEO of Postmates. “No one should have to pass up an opportunity because they’re worried about losing health coverage, paying high prescription drug costs, or missing out on a dignified retirement. Businesses like mine must do their part. But ultimately national solutions like a short term public option or long term Medicare for All creates the most portable benefit of all: health care as a right not a privilege.”
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About Business for Medicare for All
We comprise business owners nationwide who believe Medicare for All must be the top policy priority of American business.
We believe the profit-driven health insurance system poses an existential threat to American business. Health insurance companies lower profits and wages, harm innovation, and hamper international competitiveness. A Medicare for All system is the only business-friendly way to achieve universal health care in America.
Postmates is transforming the way goods move around cities by enabling anyone to have anything delivered on-demand. With the largest on-demand delivery network in the industry, Postmates now covers 3,500 cities.
Our revolutionary Urban Logistics platform connects customers with local couriers who can deliver anything from any store or restaurant in minutes. We empower communities to shop local with no waiting, and empower businesses through our API to offer delivery.