Make It Monthly for Medicare For All: A Final Request from Journalist and Activist Pearl Korn

Jan 23, 2022 | PDA News

photo: Two Medicare For All Champions: Awards breakfast in 2019 honoring Pearl Korn (right) for her volunteer efforts to elect NY State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (left).

Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team


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PDA’s dear friend and longtime Medicare For All advocate, Pearl Korn, has had too much first-hand experience with our failing healthcare system. Now she is battling grievous illness, but continues her advocacy from her hospital bed.

A former photojournalist, fine art photography dealer, and world traveler, Pearl turned her formidable skills to Medicare For All advocacy, and wrote many hard-hitting articles for Huffington Post, 2011-2017. She has formed valuable relationships on Capitol Hill and in New York state government, where she has pushed relentlessly for single-payer healthcare at the state level.

We chatted recently, and Pearl asked me to write this email as her final gift to PDA, imploring the good friends of Progressive Democrats of America to step up and support our efforts to bring Medicare For All to the American people. It’s been a long, hard fight, and though we are making progress in states like New York and California, we need more advocates in the federal government.

From our weekly town halls to our Congressional Office Liaison and national phone-banking teams to our endorsements of congressional Medicare For All champions and game-changing early and steadfast support for Bernie Sanders’ presidential runs, we at PDA have been at the vanguard of the single-payer movement. Pearl has been right there alongside us.

PDA won’t give up until Medicare For All is the law of the land. Pearl has asked that we request your support in this—her last fight and our continuing fight—to enact Medicare For All across the U.S. Pearl says, “Your voices and your support in every town matter.”

Make a monthly gift of $27, $10, $5, or $2.70 today.

We love you, Pearl, and we thank you for all you have done in service to Medicare For All and for your steadfast support of PDA.