Celebrate Human Rights Day With Medicare For All

Dec 11, 2018

photo: The Launch of the Medicare For All Caucus

In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team

Urge Your Congress Member To
Join The Medicare For All Caucus!

Today is Human Rights Day, and today we once more declare that healthcare is a human right! Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is supporting our coalition partners National Nurses United organizing a Barnstorming Tour. We’re working with the Medicare For All (MFA) Caucus organizing panels and other events to help us achieve Medicare For All.

Click here to join our Healthcare Human Right National Call (this Wednesday December 12th, 9pm ET / 6pm PT). Sign up for a “Host a Local Barnstorm” Training Call Saturday Dec 15th @ 12:30 pm PT/3:30 pm ET or Monday Dec 17th @ 5 pm PT/8pm ET. Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to join the Medicare for All Caucus. Remember to share this action alert on social media and with your friends (Note: please remain patient if the action alert system is still connecting you with a recently defeated or retired Senator or Representative. Updates are in progress.)

Join Our Healthcare Human Right Call This Wednesday

Please Give Now To Support Our MFA Organizing!

PDA is prioritizing our work to end wars and occupations and to enact Medicare for All with our Healthcare Not Warfare (HNW) Campaign during “December, A Month For Peace.” Please join the PDA Phone Team making easy, effective calls from your own home with Mike “Phone Guy” Fox to help out! No time to make calls? Please pitch in to support HNW phone banking, mobilization materials, and other organizing efforts.

When advocating for Medicare for All, we often hear questions like: “How are you going to pay for it?” Well, we’re already paying so much for healthcare (and wasting so much on for-profit insurance etc.) that we’d actually save more than $5 Trillion with #MedicareForAll. As CommonDreamsreports:

[R]esearchers at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) [published analysis that] shows that financing a single-payer system would actually be quite simple, given that it would cost significantly less than the status quo.

“It’s easy to pay for something that costs less,” Robert Pollin, economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and lead author of the new analysis, declared during a panel discussion at The Sanders Institute Gathering in Burlingon, Vermont, where Pollin unveiled the paper for the first time.

According to the 200-page analysis of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for All Act of 2017, the researchers found that “based on 2017 U.S. healthcare expenditure figures, the cumulative savings for the first decade operating under Medicare for All would be $5.1 trillion, equal to 2.1 percent of cumulative GDP, without accounting for broader macroeconomic benefits such as increased productivity, greater income equality, and net job creation through lower operating costs for small- and medium-sized businesses.”

Help PDA work toward Medicare For All and spread the word on our progressive priorities. Visit the PDA Store to purchase high quality, American union-made items that amplify our progressive message. Our new Healthcare Not Warfare T-shirts are in! Hurry! Orders received by December 12th will be shipped USPS Priority Mail ASAP. Avoid the holiday rush and order progressive gifts now!

Reminder: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open enrollment ends December 15th. If it would help you gain access to healthcare, sign up for ACA coverage until we can enact Improved Medicare for All (MFA). While the ACA remains deeply flawed, it offers life-saving coverage for millions of Americans. Get more info. and sign up here.

Your monthly donation of $100, $27, $10, or $5 gives us the resources we need to sustain the struggle for healthcare as a human right. We don’t get a dime from corporarions. We rely exclusively on support from activists like you. To build on our midterm successes, we need your help now! Please sign up now to make automatic monthly sustaining gifts or a generous one-time gift now. If you can give $5 per month, that’s great! $10? Wonderful! $27? Spectacular!

Whatever you can spare will help keep us working for you. Thanks so much for anything you can do right now to help us reach our goal of 100 new monthly sustainers by New Years. Thank you so much for supporting PDA and our shared efforts for progress! We appreciate you more than words can say.

In solidarity,

Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team

P.S. We’re here to help you make progress in your state and locality! If you need help organizing a new PDA chapter or energizing your existing chapter, please contact PDA Field Coordinator Dan O’Neal. Join the PDA Phone Team making easy, effective calls from your own home with Mike “Phone Guy” Fox. Also please pitch in $1000, $100, or whatever you can afford to support our organizing.

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