By Mike Hersh for Donna, Mike F., Dr. Bill, Judy, Janis, Dan, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team
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Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) supports improved Medicare for All to guarantee a single standard of high-quality care for all without financial barriers, while saving taxpayers and consumers hundreds of $billions each year. This publicly-financed system would deliver healthcare to all—with no bills, no co-pays, no deductibles, and no medically-caused bankruptcies.
Nationally, PDA is committed to Improved Medicare for All. Next week, we will join a huge coalition on Capitol Hill delivering petitions urging Senators to cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ improved Medicare for All legislation. We are also working within various states for single payer systems—California, Florida, Colorado, Maryland and others. See below for specific updates.
Florida Healthcare Summit
The huge Florida Health Care Summit is bringing nationally-renowned policy analysts and grass roots activists together to develop and implement campaigns to guarantee healthcare for all Floridians within 2 years. Nina Turner, Michael Lighty, Mike Papantonio, Alan Grayson, Tim Canova, Nicole Sandler, Gerald Friedman, Rep. Lois Frankel, and more will be speaking and organizing with us. Click here for a special ticket available to PDA members only.
Can’t get to the Summit? Please click here and give generously to our solidarity fund. Donations of $100 or more will be featured in the official program. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Your support will help us make Expanded And Improved Medicare For All a reality. Healthcare is a human right. Everybody in. Nobody out.
The Healthy California Act
PDA California—led by State Co-coordinators Dr. Bill Honigman and Judy Hess—has been mobilizing in support of the Healthy California Act (SB 562). Judy and Dr. Bill rallied for SB 562 yesterday.
As Dr. Bill explained, “The Act passed in the California State Senate in June of 2017. Studies have shown (and systems around the world have proven) that Single Payer would save over $30 billion in tax dollars per year and save more than 3,000 lives per year in California. The California Democratic Party has had Single Payer Healthcare in its platform for over a decade.”
Even so, California Speaker Anthony Rendon is blocking a vote in the Assembly. We’re working with our Campaign for a Healthy California allies—including the California Nurses Association (CNA)—demanding a floor vote on Single Payer. PDA will mobilize at this year’s California Democratic Party convention to pressure Speaker Rendon and all others who are blocking needed healthcare progress.
Please click here to contact Dr. Bill Honigman if you can volunteer to help out. Please click here and give generously to help PDA bring people and materials to the California Democratic Party Convention so we can make the case for Single Payer and other key progressive issues!
The Healthy Maryland Act
PDA Maryland is working closely with our friends from National Nurses United (NNU), Our Revolution, and others in Maryland to gain support for our own single payer healthcare legislation.
Lead sponsor Maryland Senator Paul Pinsky explains, “The United States remains the only industrialized nation that does not have universal health care. This legislation creates the Healthy Maryland program, which will provide health care services to all residents of Maryland under a single payer system.”
We will organize for and testify for the Act in the state capital of Annapolis. If you’re in Maryland, contact me, Mike Hersh, to volunteer. Today is my birthday and I would consider your offer to help a very generous gift! Also, please click here to give whatever you can to support our Medicare For All / Single Payer Healthcare Fund.
PDA Is Organizing For Healthcare
Besides all of her incredible leadership on healthcare with PDA, our Executive Director, Donna Smith, helps organize with the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation; the Colorado Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP); and Health Care for All Colorado. She is also a founding cochair of PDA’s Healthcare Not Warfare campaign.
Kurt Bateman, Co-Coordinator of the PDA Healthcare Human Rights / Healthcare For All Issue Team (with Dr. Bill), also keeps busy working with the One Payer States group, helping state-based single payer efforts. He provides leadership and insights to help Medicare for All organizing.
PDA is happy to welcome everyone to the our regular Health Care is a Human Right calls. Click here (and scroll down) to sign up for the PDA Healthcare Team, and other issue teams.
For Improved Medicare for All,
Mike Hersh for Donna, Mike F., Dr. Bill, Judy, Janis, Dan, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team
P.S. Here are some quick and easy things you can do to help:
- Tell Your Senators To Cosponsor the Medicare for All Bill
- Tell Your Representative To Cosponsor the Medicare for All Bill
- Please donate whatever you can afford to support our struggle for healthcare
- Click here to watch and share a short video on single payer healthcare