Mobilizing For Medicare For All

Nov 26, 2018

photo: Dr. Bill with H.R. 676 Lead Sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Rep-Elect Katie Porter, and Orange County, CA Activists
Healthcare is a Human Right: Improved Medicare For All

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

Please Give Now For Medicare For All!

Contact Mike Fox to Get Involved With MFA Barnstorming

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is celebrating Medicare for All (MFA) Monday by stepping up our coalition work for Healthcare as a Human Right. We’re mobilizing for new and improved MFA legislation in the new Congress. We’re raising money to send Dr. Bill Honigman all around the USA to help raise awareness and activate progressives. Pitch in if you can now.

Our allies National Nurses United (NNU) are leading the way with a barnstorming tour. We need your help to organize an event in your community during the week of February 9th – 13th as part of the National Medicare for All Week of Action. There will be training calls to learn more about how to organize a barnstorm and what you can do now to get started. Contact Mike Fox to get involved!

Dr. Bill puts his heart, soul, and shoe leather into organizing for Improved Medicare For All. He’s $1000s out of pocket. Will you help? We’re trying to raise $1,000 today to cover his travel expenses—discount air fare and a sandwich or two along the way—and to set aside some funds to cover his travel to future events. Please pitch in whatever you can afford, and if you can, please make it an automatic monthly gift.

PDA will focus on Healthcare Not Warfare during December, A Month For Peace. Please tell your representative to join the Medicare for All Caucus. Note: please remain patient if the action alert system is still connecting you with a recently retired or defeated representative. Updates are in progress.

We’re working with our allies including Social Security Works, our sister organization People Demanding Action, and many others to combat the exploitative practices of Big Pharma. Progressive Democrats of America strongly endorses the Bernie Sanders / Ro Khanna Drug Pricing Bill.

We desperately need this legislation to prevent price gouging and profiteering as widely reported in U.S. media. Currently, pharmaceutical corporations overcharge U.S. patients and taxpayers—often at several multiples of prices in other nations such as Canada and the U.K.—and far in excess of the costs to develop, manufacture, and market these medications. This legislation would stabilize and lower the costs we pay and bring pricing into line with the prices paid in the rest of the world. Stay tuned for ways you can help! For now….

Join the PDA Phone Team making easy, effective calls from your own home with Mike “Phone Guy” Fox. Will we mobilize well enough to enact Medicare For All and our other progressive priorities? That’s all up to you! With your help, we’ll work to make it so.

PDAmerica Healthcare Human Rights (HCHR) activists and PDAction Issue Organizing Team (IOT) members continue to raise awareness every day in canvassing, town halls, and movie showings, and by telephone and video conferencing to further refine our message and gather more and more momentum for our movement.

Please sign up for future Healthcare Human Rights announcements here. Scroll down and check the box. Please join us for these important calls to offer reports on this effort from your own community and state, and help PDA National to better define our policy moving forward.

The larger movement for Universal Healthcare which must result in ALL the people getting ALL of the care, we at PDA know will only be achieved when the corporate welfare of big insurance and big pharma are eliminated in favor of Healthcare directed by of and for we the people.

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 $50, $20.20, $10, or $5 gives us the ongoing resources to keep up the fight for healthcare as a human right. We can only continue with your support. To build on our midterm successes, we need your help now! Please make automatic monthly sustaining gifts or a one-time gift now.

If you can give $5 per month, that’s great! $10? Wonderful! $25? Spectacular! Whatever is good for you is great for us. Thanks so much for anything you can do right now to help us reach our 100 new monthly sustainers goal.

Help PDA work toward Medicare for All, a clean DREAM Act, a living wage, election integrity, sustainable energy policy, reduction of military spending, tuition-free college, eliminating big money in politics, and other progressive priorities in 2019 and 2020. Visit the PDA Store to purchase sturdy American union-made items that amplify our progressive message. Our new Healthcare not Warfare T-shirts are in production and will arrive shortly. Orders received by December 5 will be shipped USPS Priority by December 10. Avoid the holiday rush and order progressive gifts now!

We appreciate you more than words can say. Thank you so much for supporting PDA and our shared efforts for progress!

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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