Canova email: Universal Healthcare, Now!
The first weeks of the Trump administration have brought challenges and setbacks on numerous fronts. We have spoken out against many terrible Cabinet nominations, executive orders, and legislation in Congress that threaten our social safety net programs like Medicare, and would undermine our public schools and endanger our environment.
It’s important while we play defense that we also go on the offensive and push for the kinds of progressive reforms this country needs now more than ever. That’s why I applaud Representative John Conyers (D-MI) for a bill he introduced last week, H.R. 676, The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.
Many of you will know Rep. Conyers as a long-time civil rights leader. Through my own work over the years with the National Jobs For All Coalition, I have worked with Rep. Conyers and his staff on a full-employment legislative agenda. “Jobs for All” and “Medicare for All” are progressive initiatives that strive for social equality and recognize the universal human rights for all citizens. As I’ve said many times, it’s not progressive if it’s not Progress For All.
The future of the Affordable Care Act is now in doubt. Republicans have offered proposals that threaten to make matters worse by giving even more power to private insurance companies and Big Pharma. That’s why it’s so important to support the Conyers bill at this crucial time. His bill would provide universal coverage for all necessary medical care while ending deductibles and copayments. It would save consumers, employers, and taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance industry. And these savings could be used to provide health insurance coverage to the millions of citizens who remain uninsured and underinsured. The bill currently has 57 co-sponsors in the House and that number is sure to grow.
In introducing his legislation, Rep. Conyers said, “Half a century ago addressing the Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, Martin Luther King, Jr. declared, ‘of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.’ That’s why I am leading the charge in the House of Representatives for a single-payer, universal healthcare system.”
Please click here to donate $5 to support Progress for All’s efforts to build momentum for H.R. 676. We are helping to mobilize people across the country to call their representatives in Congress to support this legislation.
At the same time, we are continuing our fights on numerous other fronts. We are fighting against the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to head the Department of Health and Human Services. We are trying to build support for Senator Bernie Sanders’s efforts to challenge Big Pharma by reducing the costs of prescription drugs for all Americans.
I will not deny that the odds are stacked against us. With Republicans in control of the House and Senate, it will take a lot of hard work and grassroots organizing to achieve Medicare for All. With your support, we will keep fighting!
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