Friday, August 5, 2016

Why Singlepayer was removed from the DNC platform

Despite our best efforts, single payer didn't make it onto the 2016 Democratic platform. Caving to calls for party unity, the Sanders campaign backed out of filing a minority report, which would have forced a floor fight over the platform.

While we're disappointed with the outcome of the platform fight, we're thrilled by what this primary race has done for our movement.

This incredible grassroots response to a candidate running on "Medicare for All" has connected thousands to the single payer movement and given renewed energy to our organizing. Over the past couple months, Healthcare-NOW has grown in membership by almost 50%!

            The Medicare for All workshop at the Democratic National Convention

It's difficult to overstate how significant this is for us; a 50% gain rivals the increase we saw during the fight over the Affordable Care Act. Much of the credit here goes to all of you who capitalized on this moment by going out into your communities to talk about single payer and get signatures for the DNC petition. Thank you.

This is the kind of work, carried out by dedicated supporters in their spare time, that paved the way for an insurgent such as Bernie Sanders to offer up a serious challenge to the establishment. We've inspired millions to stand up, challenge the corporatism of the Democratic party, and put single payer back on the agenda - where it will stay until it is passed.

Stephanie Nakajima
Director of Communications

Monday, July 25, 2016

TODAY --> Online Day of Action

Greetings from Philly! Things are already heating up as thousands of #seeyouinphilly protesters hit the streets yesterday, braving 90 degree heat to protest the exclusion of single payer and other progressive causes from the platform.

In an attempt to head off more unrest at the convention, the DNC has pushed up the platform vote to today.

That means today is the day to take action over the platform committee's rejection of the "Medicare for All" amendment. You can join National Online Day of Action by sharing this picture on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #Medicare4All and #DemsInPhilly.

You can also print out this selfie sign to tell the world why you want Medicare for All with the hashtags #Medicare4All and #DemsInPhilly!

Your online actions will back up the activists on the ground. Let's show the DNC that the fight for universal healthcare is far from over!

Yours in solidarity,
Ben and Stephanie
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fwd: CALL TO ACTION! The Fight to Win Medicare-for-All Continues...

Campaign for a Healthy California
Campaign for a Healthy California

The Fight to Win Medicare-for-All Continues…

CHC and NNU Organizer Pilar Schiavo testifies for Medicare for All to the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee.

Last Friday the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee rejected "Medicare for All", which would provide a single-standard of improved healthcare for all. An improved Medicare for All system is the best way to address the current gaps in our healthcare system. Nearly 29 million people in America are uninsured — in addition to 31 million under-insured Americans saddled with steep deductibles, co-pays, and reduced hospital and physician options. Determined by a 7-to-6 vote, the Committee's decision signifies their failure to represent 81% of Democrats and nearly 60% of all Americans supporting Medicare for All.

In his critical response to the DNC's vote against Medicare for All, Dr. Cornel West said, "Right now, given the magnificent breakthrough of the Affordable Care Act, [healthcare] is not a right. It's still a privilege if 29 million fellow citizens do not have access to it...[Bernie Sanders] is after our universal right in the way that voting rights are a right — it's not market-based. And we're not there yet. And we just voted against it."

Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director of National Nurses United stated that the Platform Committee's attempt to endorse the concept of health care as a right is "meaningless — little more than empty rhetoric without a specific plan of how to make sure every American will have the guarantee of receiving the care they need."

The fight for universal health care is far from over as last Friday's meeting was just the first step in the process. The full Platform Committee, consisting of delegates around the country, will receive amendments to the platform draft at their meeting in Orlando on July 8th-9th. 

It's time to increase pressure and demand that our voices are heard! Sign and share the petition for Medicare for All so we can deliver thousands of additional signatures to the full Platform Committee on July 8th in Orlando. Please join nurses and healthcare advocates on Twitter and Facebook and push for #MedicareForAll at #DNC2016!



Sunday, June 26, 2016

What Cowardice Looks Like

The Democratic Party's Platform Drafting Committee rejected "Medicare for All" by a 7-to-6 vote on Friday night. The vote is a slap in the face to the 81% of Democrats who support Medicare for All.

Many believed that the Platform process would be a means of unifying the Clinton and Sanders campaigns by incorporating key Sanders proposals. The drafting committee was anything but: single-payer was one of dozens of amendments put forward by Committee members appointed by Bernie Sanders, only to be shot down by appointees of Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz. The committee also voted against supporting a federal $15 minimum wage, opposition to fracking, and even opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which both Clinton and Sanders agree on.

You can watch the full debate and vote here, along with a scathing rebuke by Cornel West:

Friday's meeting was just the first step in the process, and the Platform draft can receive further amendments from the full Platform Committee 2 weeks from now, which consists of delegates from around the country. Finally, the Platform can be amended on the Convention floor before being adopted by the full party.

With a coalition of national allies and mounting grassroots pressure, we will drag the Democratic Party kicking and screaming into a commitment on healthcare justice!

Benjamin Day
Executive Director

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sign Petition Now to Tell Democratic Party -- Support Medicare for All!

Campaign for a Healthy California
Campaign for a Healthy California

Sign Petition to Win Medicare for All in CA

Healthcare is a Human RightWhile the nation's primaries come to a close, the national debate on how to fix our broken healthcare system continues. Please join the Campaign for a Healthy California, National Nurses United, Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Progressive Democrats of America and Healthcare-NOW! to call on the Democratic Party to include Medicare for All in the official Democratic Platform, which will be voted on at their convention July 25-28.

The United States spends over 2.5 times what other industrialized countries spend on healthcare—and while they cover everyone, we still have millions who cannot afford medications or go to the doctor when they need to. We know 58% of all Americans support and 81% of Democrats support Medicare for All.Those numbers tell us that Medicare for All should be a part of the Democratic Party platform—but it will only happen if we make our voices heard!

Here are 3 steps you can take to get Medicare for All included in the official Democratic Party Platform:

  1. Sign our petition here to tell the Democratic Party that it's time to support healthcare for all!
  2. Submit your written testimony/story to the Democratic Platform Committee on why they need to include Medicare for All in the official Democratic Platform here.
  3. Send your video testimony/story on why we need Medicare for All via Skype to the Democratic Platform Committee here.

Strong collective action is the best way to build a better healthcare system that includes all of us.

Sign Our Petition Today!

Thank you for taking the time to make your voice heard!




Fwd: Single Payer Advocates shut out of DC hearing

The DNC strikes again!

The Democratic National Committee announced that in an effort to make "this year's platform process the most representative and inclusive in history", they would be holding public hearings, accepting written, video, and in-person testimony to the platform drafters.

But as it turns out, these hearings aren't so "public". The DNC is hand-picking testimony beforehand, and at the D.C. hearing yesterday, single payer was iced out. 

Sign the petition to the Democratic Party: Put "Medicare for All" on the party platform

A group of single payer organizations decided to get together and fight back! National Nurses United, Progressive Dems of America, Healthcare-NOW and Campaign for a Healthy California are circulating this petition to their members - together, representing hundreds of thousands of patients and providers.

You can help us put single payer back on the agenda:

Step 1: Sign the petition

Step 2: Share on Facebook

Step 3: Share on Twitter

Yours in solidarity,
Ben and Stephanie
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff