How Are You Going To Pay For It?
In solidarity, Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)’s work for Improved Medicare For All (MFA) continues as we wrap up 2018 and organize for the new 116th Congress. Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to join the Medicare for All Caucus. Remember to share the action alert on social media and with your friends!
PDA and our coalition partners are working with the MFA Caucus organizing panels and other events to help us achieve Medicare For All! (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.)
PDA is prioritizing our work to end wars and occupations and 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.
Now is the time for Medicare For All! CommonDreams reports:
Confronting the question most commonly asked of the growing number of Americans who support replacing America’s uniquely inefficient and immoral for-profit healthcare system with Medicare for All—“How do we pay for it?”—a new paper released Friday by researchers at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) 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.”
As PDA board member Michael Lighty explains, “We really can get more and pay less.”
Help PDA work toward Medicare For All as well as for a clean DREAM Act, a living wage, election integrity, Green New Deal, ending wars and occupations, drastic reduction of military spending, free college, eliminating big money in politics, and other progressive priorities in 2019 into 2020.
Visit the PDA Store to purchase high quality, American union-made items that amplify our progressive message. We Want Bernie items and Healthcare Not Warfare T-shirts are in! Hurry! Orders received by December 5th will be shipped USPS Priority by December 10th. 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.
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Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team
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