Sign the Petition: Include Medicare for All in the 2020 Democratic Party Platform
Solidarity, Mike Hersh and Dr. Bill Honigman for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Donna, Janis, Deb, Bryan, and Kimberly—Your PDA National Team
We know Medicare For All (MFA) is overwhelmingly popular. Recent polling shows 88% of Democrats support it. Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has supported Single Payer since our founding.
We’re concerned that unless the Democratic platform includes MFA, many voters may not be motivated enough to work for victory up and down the ballot. Sign the petition to put Medicare For All in the platform.
PDA continues working within powerful, expanding coalitions to demand the policies we need to survive through the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond. Together, we will make the insiders listen to our voices and deliver what we demand, but only if we all act decisively like never before.
Save the dates! We’re holding online town hall meetings every Wednesday and Sunday, 1pm PT, 2pm MT, 3pm CT, 4pm ET. Max Cotterill from National Nurses United and PDA Advisory Board member Dr. Paul Song, MD will join us for this Wednesday’s edition.
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.
Greedy insurance companies exploit all of us for decades by perpetuating the profit-driven health insurance and pharmaceutical model with its inherent waste, fraud, and abuse. Votes are expected this week. Help us end healthcare injustice now!
The current profits over patients system was an outrageous injustice even before the pandemic. Now, this situation is unconscionable. If you agree, please pitch in your time and money now to empower our movement.
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) 294-3121.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 29th, 4-5pm ET, 1-2pm PT. Dr. Bill Honigman and guest speakers 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.
P.S.: Please remember to RSVP to Mike Fox to join our Healthcare Emergency Virtual Town Hall / Webinar Wednesday 4/29 from 4-5pm ET, 1-2pm PT. Mike will provide all the call-in information.