The Climate Emergency and Medicare For All

Sep 23, 2019

PDAers Demand Medicare For All

In solidarity,  Dr. Bill Honigman for Alan, Mike H., Dan, Janis, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Mike F., and Shayna—your PDA national team.

Tell Congress: We Need Medicare For All!

 

On this #MedicareForAll (#MFA) Monday during the #ClimateEmergency week of action, we at Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) wish to point out that MFA is a tenet of the #GreenNewDeal precisely because there can be no solution to either crisis without attention to both.

Of course, our #ClimateCrisis demands attention to the adverse health effects of extreme weather, such as water and food shortages, mass migrations to unfamiliar climes, and exposures to unusual toxins and pathogens.

But even more compelling is the argument for action based on the idea of #EnvironmentalJustice, knowing as we do that these health maladies disproportionately effect our most vulnerable populations, which demands of us a civilized and public solution.

We know that MFA is just that kind of public solution.

Click Here to Tell Congress: Healthcare is a Human Right!

On the other side, we know that MFA saves money, lots of money. Healthcare economists conservatively estimate savings with a #SinglePayer system between two and five hundred billion dollars per year.

And rather than asking us how we can afford MFA, they should be asking us how will we be spending all the money that we’ll save with MFA. That could for example buy us a whole lot of solar panels and wind farms.

The common thread here, as we say in PDA and the progressive movement, is the need to #EndCorporateRule. Corporate welfare and crony capitalism are why we can’t have the medical care and climate mitigation that we need.

So, on this MFA Monday, we at PDA ask you to join us in calling all of your members of Congress. Tell them to cosponsor the Climate Emergency Resolution #HConRes52 (House) and #SConRes22 (Senate), as well as the National Medicare for All Act #HR1384 (House) and #S1129 (Senate).

And tell them that our #ClimateEmergency and #MedicareForAll are not about right versus left, they’re about right versus wrong.

We’re closer than ever before to a historic Congressional vote! PDA wholeheartedly supports the Medicare For All Act. We need Improved Medicare For All which will save 10,000s of lives and 100s of $billions every year.

This legislation will provide comprehensive healthcare for all of us including: mental, dental, vision, hearing, prescriptions, medical devices, preventative, women’s health, long-term care, and more—all with no out of pocket expenses: no premiums, co-pays, fees, caps, or deductibles.

Help PDA and our allies force the politicians to listen! Click Here to email your Representative now! We need as many cosponsors as we can get! Call Congress at 202-858-1717 and Click Here to tell your Representative to Cosponsor Rep. Jayapal’s and Rep. Debbie Dingell’s Medicare For All Act. Also, Click Here to tell your Senators to cosponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders’s MFA legislation.

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PDA helps you make a huge difference with Educate Congress letter drops, action alerts, and coalition efforts with dozens of progressive organizations. Email Mike Fox to make your voice heard on critically important policies.

We appreciate all you do to help make progress on healthcare and other issues. If you’ve never donated to help PDA help you pressure our elected officials, now is the perfect time. We need your support now more than ever. Click here to pitch in $3, $5, or whatever you can afford to support PDA’s issue organizing.

 

PS: Click Here for Robert Pollin’s interview on The Nation Magazine’s Podcast, Start Making Sense. It starts with a discussion of the Economists for Medicare For All petition that Alan Minsky helped to initiate with our coalition allies. Click Here to watch the historic MFA hearings before the House Rules Committee.

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