Weekly Recap Featuring Unprecedented Medicare For All Momentum

May 4, 2019

photo: MFA Activist Ady Barken Testifies at the Rules Committee
As Rep. Jayapal Looks On. Tell Congress We Need MFA!

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

We’re Making History With Medicare For All
Tell Your Senators To Cosponsor MFA Now

This was a historic week for Medicare For All (MFA). Monday, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) joined with our MFA coalition allies in a massive demonstration at the D.C. offices of PhRMA—the trade association for Big Pharma, the industry responsible for keeping prices for medication sky high, and also a main funder of anti-Medicare For All propaganda.

Tuesday, we watched the riveting first-ever Congressional hearings on MFA in the House Rules Committee featuring our advisory board members Rep. Jim McGovern (the committee chair), and Rep. Jamie Raskin (one of PDA’s original cofounders). Jamie offered heartfelt testimony of his own personal healthcare struggles. Also last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released findings showing MFA is affordable and practical.

Help PDA keep the MFA momentum building! Join the Webinar on our coalition’s Local MFA Resolutions Campaign with special guest MFA lead cosponsor, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, featuring our own Dr. Bill Honigman! Tuesday at 8pm ET, 5pm PT. Click here to RSVP.

Join our Healthcare is a Human Right Call—hosted by Dr. Bill with special guest Melinda St. Louis from Public Citizen—to get more MFA updates and find out how you can get more involved with the Medicare For All Movement: Wednesday 9PM ET, 6PM PT. Dial-in Number: (712) 770-4160, Access Code: 733525#. Read more about the MFA Resolutions Campaign here.

PDA was founded in 2004 to achieve progress on the most important issues. We wholeheartedly support the Medicare For All Act in the House and Senate. This legislation will provide comprehensive healthcare for all of us with no out of pocket expenses: no premiums, co-pays, cap, or deductibles, including, mental, dental, vision, prescriptions, medical devices, preventative, women’s health, long-term care, and more.

Medicare For All will save 10,000s of lives and 100s of $billions each year. 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 Bernie’s MFA bill.

Earlier this week, PDA activists voted overwhelmingly to support impeachment investigations against Trump. Please click here to email your congressperson in support of Representative Rashida Tlaib’s Impeachment investigations resolution. We must hold Trump accountable for alleged high crimes and misdemeanors.

PDA is proud to mobilize Bernie supporters with our We Want Bernie campaign featuring regular organizing calls and other efforts. Not a Bernie supporter? No worries. We’re always working onHealthcare Not Warfare, Windmills Not Weapons, and battling the Trump Regime at every turn. See below for several actions you can take. If you’d like to volunteer for those campaigns, let Mike Fox know.

Last month, Trump vetoed a joint congressional resolution that would end U.S. support for Saudi war crimes in Yemen. The resolution was authored by Senator Bernie Sanders in the Senate and Representative Ro Khanna in the House. PDA supported this effort to reassert Congressional constitutional authority over war and peace, and especially to end the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Please click here to tell Congress to override Trump’s veto. 

Long after hurricanes ravaged their homes, our sisters and brothers in the Caribbean remain in peril. Please take action now! Click here to tell Congress to help the people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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.

PDA Makes it Easy For You to Tell Congress:

We Don’t Need Trump’s Border Wall

We Need a Green New Deal

We Need Gun Safety Legislation

We appreciate all you do to help make progress on these 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 more than ever. Click here to support PDA’s issue organizing.


PS: Click here to hear PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky’s interview with Jacobin Radio. Join PDA investing early to recruit and elect progressives in 2020