We Dumped TrumpCare! We Need Single Payer!

Sep 28, 2017

By   Mike Hersh, PDA Communications Director
for Donna, Mike F., Judy, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team

Together, we beat back Graham-Cassidy
Now, let’s get single payer healthcare

 

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) asserts that Healthcare is a Human Right. That’s why we worked to hold off the latest Republican scheme to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and replace it with Trump Care (aka Graham-Cassidy). It was nothing but a huge tax cut for the rich and a huge health cut for the rest of us. That’s why we’re relieved that we prevailed yet again, but we’re not even close to satisfied.

As long as for-profit health insurance companies and profiteering Big Pharma dominate our lives and prey on Americans, we will never have the healthcare we deserve—the healthcare care we are already paying for. Please click here to tell both of your Senators to join Sen. Bernie Sanders and about a dozen other Senators supporting improved Medicare for All legislation.

Please donate generously to support our Single Payer Action Fund

In the decades since Dr. King made that statement in 1966, our situation has gone from bad to critical. It doesn’t have to be this way. PDA—like our Advisory Board Member Rep. John Conyers, author of the House Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act (H.R. 676)—supports a guaranteed single standard of high-quality healthcare for all without financial barriers. Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the companion legislation in the Senate. Please click here to tell your Senators to cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ legislation.

PDA worked to persuade Bernie Sanders to run for President as a Democrat. We knew he’d advocate for the policies we need, because he’d made statements like: “Other industrialized nations are making the morally principled and financially responsible decision to provide universal health care to all of their people—and they do so while saving money by keeping people healthier. Those who say this goal is unachievable are selling the American people short.” If you support the struggle for single payer, please donate generously to our Single Payer Action Fund.

Our failure to guarantee healthcare as a human right causes death and suffering. If you agree we need and must and can achieve enhanced Medicare for All, please click here and tell your Senators to cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ legislation. Healthcare is a basic human right, codified in international treaties and declarations that the United States signed several decades ago. It is a moral outrage for a country as wealthy as ours to leave 50 million people with no reliable access to health care and tens of millions more with inadequate and/or overly expensive coverage. If you agree, please donate generously to help us gain support for single payer.

Despite spending nearly twice as much per capita as other developed nations on health care, millions of us remain vulnerable without any or adequate access to care, and facing bankruptcy should we develop a serious condition. For-profit U.S. insurance wastes approximately one-third of all the funds spent, and big pharmaceutical firms overcharge and exploit patients and taxpayers through monopolistic price fixing and other unethical practices.

A national Medicare-style system would free the U.S., employers, and individuals from the crushing burdens of overpriced health insurance and medications, while dramatically improving health outcomes.​ If you agree with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s statement that, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane,” please click here and tell your Senators to cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation.

In solidarity,

Mike Hersh, PDA Communications Director
for Donna, Mike F., Judy, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team

P.S. 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.

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