The Savings Estimator: How the Progressive Coders Network Revolutionized a Campaign for Universal Healthcare
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“ ProgCode’s mission is to remove or reduce the impact of big money in politics by supporting the creation of open source tech tools to empower the grassroots. The community knew from the outset that it wanted to be a source of tech support to help local-level healthcare initiatives achieve their goals. Building a savings estimator to support Whole Washington’s people-driven, grassroots ballot initiative was a no-brainer. Project Lead, Marc Glasser, really stepped up as the driving force behind the successful completion of the savings estimator,” said ProgCode’s Pamela John. “Progressive activists like the hard-core organizers behind I-1600 are our inspiration. As a community, when we put our collective heads together, we continue to find there’s this sweet spot at the intersection of community organizing and tech activism where incredibly impactful stuff gets done?—?even when federal congressional gridlock seems insurmountable.”
Because of ProgCode, an individual or business can enter in their financial information and the estimator will let them know how many thousands they will save if I-1600 passes. My family of three will save $220/mo., for example. Due to Washington’s incredibly regressive taxation system, that’s much needed relief.
As important as this was for our campaign in Washington, I see this as having national implications. The estimator can be tweaked for any legislation anywhere in the country, including federal plans like HR 676 and S 1804. And while it is a critical tool for answering an important question, it has also driven many people to our website.
In fact, in the most recent newsletter we sent, the estimator got an astounding 63% of the click throughs. It produced new volunteers and increased excitement for the initiative. At this point, every single payer campaign staffer should be sitting on the edge of their seat brimming with enthusiasm!
In fact, in the most recent newsletter we sent, the estimator got an astounding 63% of the click throughs. It produced new volunteers and increased excitement for the initiative. At this point, every single payer campaign staffer should be sitting on the edge of their seat brimming with enthusiasm! It’s difficult to keep people engaged in the political arena even when the stakes are high. If added to your site, this estimator will re-engage your members and will bring in new volunteers. Moreover, it will defeat the opposition’s argument that single payer is too expensive to implement
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January 16, 2019 at 8:58 AM #12834Canoeist52Participant
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We’d save $1189. per month. Not from Washington state, but this seems like a “better deal”…
Currently for two: 1417 per mo. proposed premium would be $227.
This doesn’t include what our employers would save.
Try it out…
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January 16, 2019 at 9:21 AM #12843ThouArtThatParticipant
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The only way that Ctizens will rest control of Government from Oligarchs, Corporations and Banks is via creative use of technology and bottoms-up organizing.
Another good idea that has merit is local news content produced to bypass local and national news. This could be done via modest studio equipment and the use of YouTube. That combined with a cadre of Citizen activists combing through what their governments are up to. Imagine the following:
- weekly summary of city or town council meetings
- weekly or daily summary of what elected representatives did to help or hurt their districts to include budgets and contracts
- weekly analysis of what worked for Citizens and why
- weekly dissemination of direct action activities
- weekly summary of direct action results
This could all start small by just following votes of local, state and national representatives and grow from there. Given the number of retired people and underemployed millennials, there should be plenty of hands and technical know how. It just requires a little money and coordination.
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January 16, 2019 at 12:47 PM #12915Two way streetParticipant
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Sending the information out via social media and every way possible would let every American know the cost savings of single payer.
Actually with ACA for 2020 outlawed Dec 2018, The U.S. of A. has no national healthcare plan except defunded Medicare for the aged and disabled. Bernie’s Senate Bill 1804 included a slow transmission from ACA to a lesser Medicare for all. (Perhaps that Bill is dead in the water.)
House Bill 676 is the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, universal, comprehensive single payer health care plan waiting in the wings. :good: Is the saving calculator set up on SB-1804 or HB 676 or some other guideline? 🙂
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