Help Us End Healthcare Injustice
Solidarity, Mike Hersh and Dr. Bill Honigman for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Donna, Janis, Deb, Bryan, and Kimberly—Your PDA National Team
So far, Congressional response to the COVID-19 has been woefully inadequate. Powerful, influential special interests cash in on human misery while people are suffering and dying. They’ve been exploiting all of us for decades by perpetuating the profit-driven health insurance and pharmaceutical model with its inherent waste, fraud, and abuse. Help us end healthcare injustice now!
The current profits over patients system was an outrageous injustice even before the COVID-19 Pandemic. Now, this situation is unconscionable.
We founded Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) with our “Inside/Outside” strategy to bring the righteous passion and moral clarity of outside progressive movements for peace and justice inside the corridors of power. Together, we will make the insiders listen to your voice and deliver what we demand, but only if we all act decisively like never before.
We urge you to keep yourself and other people safe during this pandemic. Self-quarantine and maintain safe social distance to help limit the spread of the virus, but that isn’t enough.
We must step up our pressure and do all we can to compel Congress and the Administration to adopt fair and appropriate policies that reflect science, common sense, and human decency.
All studies show Medicare For All (MFA) would save 10,000s of lives every single year. Questions about “How can we pay for it?” make no sense, because MFA will actually save 100s of $billions each year as contrasted with the current system.
We will realize these savings by eliminating jacked up charges that plunder all of us to generate obscene profits for a few corporations.
Healthcare professionals are getting sick and dying. This is because of the continued refusal of our elected officials to respond courageously or effectively.
Contact your Senators and Representative via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.An operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.
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Hi, my name is (your name), and I’m a constituent from (your town/city and state). Thank you for passing previous legislation to address the pandemic. Unfortunately, that is not enough. Now, we need you to go much further.
I’m calling to ask (your elected official) to insist that the next COVID-19 relief bill contain full protections for frontline health workers, patients, and the public during this crisis—as is necessary to contain this pandemic. Specifically:
- The next legislation must include a mandate for issuance and strict enforcement of new comprehensive, stringent federal occupational safety and health standards to protect health care workers.
- The legislation must also appropriate at least $10 billion specifically to deliver effective respirators (like N95s) to nurses and other frontline healthcare professionals.
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PDA invites you to join us for a Healthcare Emergency online town hall / webinar Wednesday, April 15th, 4-5pm ET, 1-2pm PT. Dr. Bill Honigman and guest speakers including John Nichols from MSNBC and The Nation and Stephanie Kang, Health Policy Advisor for Rep. Pramila Jayapal, will address your concerns and answer your questions about the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Can’t make the call but still want to help our healthcare campaigns? Contact us and we’ll keep you as busy as you’d like to be.
Can’t volunteer? Then pitch in what you can to help finance our ongoing campaign for Medicare For All and other health policies we need to effectively respond to the pandemic, to promote an equitable economic recovery, and to upgrade our healthcare system.
Medicare For All is a vital component of the comprehensive Green New Deal agenda. To ensure our immediate and long-term survival, tell Congress we need the Green New Deal. That initiative features policies to create millions of new highly-paid sustainable jobs, to build critically-needed infrastructure, to eliminate household debt, and to enhance our social safety net.
We need an empowered, progressive mass movement to demand the policies and government responses needed to save lives and rebuild our shattered economy. We need your active support to get there.
P.S.: Please remember to RSVP to Mike Fox to join our Healthcare Emergency Virtual Town Hall / Webinar Wednesday 4/15 from 4-5pm ET, 1-2pm PT. Mike will provide all the call-in information.