Healthcare Is A Human Right Call!
By Donna Smith, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America
Wednesday evening, join Progressive Democrats of America for a special conference call with Lori Kearns, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ staffer who works on healthcare policy. Please click here to RSVP and to find out more about the call. PDA supported Bernie for president in large part because of his support for improved Medicare for All. We also suppprted Sen. Warren in every campaign she’s waged.
Ten years ago, then Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren and I testified on the same witness panel about the medical debt crisis. From that day forward, she and I have been in sync on every issue—well, almost—except for her former reluctance to support Medicare for all. But because I know her to be courageous, intensely curious, compassionate, and among the most intelligent people I have ever known, I knew earning her support would be a matter of time. I underestimated just how much it would mean to me to have her come on board.
With Sen. Warren’s announcement last week that she would be co-sponsoring Bernie’s bill, I heard our late founder, Tim Carpenter, cheering from his Massachusetts home, alongside our dear PDA-MA leaders like Martha and Russell Freedman and Kelley Johnson—all of whom spent quality time whenever they could reaching out to their Senator on this issue.
I also imagined Benjamin Day in Boston, everyone with Healthcare-NOW!, and so many of the awesome Medicare for all advocates in Massachusetts discussing this with Senator Warren. And I certainly think of all of the other allies in the single-payer movement working to garner support from one of the Senate’s most respected and influential members. I think I can even faintly hear some of the naysayers expressing a tiny bit of joy.
Now it’s time for the PDA family to step up too! Let’s make sure to add many co-sponsors to join Bernie, Senator Warren, and Senator Harris on Bernie’s Medicare for all bill. If you haven’t yet reached out to your own Senators, click here to send them a quick note, and then please share the link with all your friends to make sure they do as well. Please click here to RSVP, and to find out more about the Healthcare is a Human Right call with Lori Kearns, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ staffer on healthcare policy.
Donna Smith, PDA Executive Director
for Mike F., Judy, Dr. Bill, Mike H., Janis, Dan, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team
P.S. Click here to RSVP and to find out more about the Healthcare is a Human Right call with Lori Kearns, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ staffer on healthcare policy. We need your help now. Click here to remind your Senators that a majority of Americans support expanded, improved Medicare for All. Please sign up with our phone team to make important calls from your own home. No time to make calls? Please donate now to help PDA recruit and elect single payer healthcare champions to Congress.