What Can I Do
To help pass Single Payer/Expanded and Improved Medicare for All?
Get Involved - Take Action - Make reform happen!
Be an advocate for Medicare for All - Help educate your friends & colleagues
Be an informed voter - Be heard - VOTE! Hold your elected officials accountable
Every single person is important to make change happen. No matter the level of involvement, every action becomes part of the force that eventually creates change. Only doing nothing ensures that change will never happen.
1. If you think the movie "FIX IT-Healthcare at the Tipping Point" is educational and helpful, host a showing in your home and/or ask an organization to show it.
2. Continue to do further research to educate yourself. Read articles posted online at Physicians for a National Health Plan web site: www.pnhp.org; and www.healthcare-now.org
3. Regardless of what candidate wins this Presidential election, they have all vowed to change our present healthcare system.
A. Republicans have all vowed to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare); find out what are they going to replace it with.
B. Democrats have vowed to build on it. Research what each candidate is proposing.
C. Write your candidate of choice and recommend they research the facts about Single Payer/Medicare for all; ask them to support cost-effective, comprehensive universal healthcare, a concrete example being U.S. House Resolution 676*, the "U.S. National Health Care Act or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act". (See details below)
D. Vote carefully for all candidates.
4. Share the facts about Single Payer and advocate for its passage by writing letters to the editor of newspapers, magazines, and newsletters.
5. Encourage your affiliated groups/organizations to support bills advocating Single Payer and pass a resolution endorsing HR 676*, the United States Universal Health Care Act.
6. Talk to your elected officials, City, County, State, and Federal, about Single Payer national health care. Educate them to its benefits. Get your city council to pass a resolution endorsing HR 676*.
7. Urge your elected officials to work toward implementation of Medicare for All. Write, visit, or call the general switchboard for all House and Senate members, 1-866-338-1015 toll free; ask for the elected officials representing your area. Then…
A. Ask your U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor HR 676*
B. Urge your U.S. Senators to introduce/sponsor a companion bill in the Senate
C. Write the president at http://whitehouse.gov/contact/ or call the comment line at 1-202-456-1111
Definition: "Single Payer" - "one payer-one policy" ~ one single source receives and pays all bills vs. healthcare providers having to deal with thousands of insurance plans and companies; a working example is Medicare.
*Summary of HR 676: It would institute a single payer health care system, expanding and improving the present Medicare system and making it available to every citizen. It would end deductibles, co-payments, the problems of the uninsured/ underinsured, and the expensive overhead of employers who provide insurance to their employees. It would cover all necessary medical care including prescription drugs, primary and preventive care, hospital, outpatient services, dental, mental & home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including substance abuse), vision, and long-term care.
You could chose your doctors and hospital. You and your doctor would decide on the best treatment for you vs. having an insurance company dictate it. It would save billions annually by negotiating lower drug prices and eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance industry and HMOs. Presently 30-35% of your health care premiums are wasted on CEO salaries, advertising, and paperwork. Under a simplified Single Payer system like Medicare, only 3-5% is spent on overhead leaving 97% for health care for everyone.
Testimonial from one who served on the frontlines: Most physicians are, unfortunately, only too familiar with the complexities and injustices of the present health care payment mess. (I hesitate to use the word "system.") During my decades of medical practice, I have seen this mess evolve. I've known several physicians who just gave up practice because their small offices could not deal with the expense and frustration. And I have seen needless deaths because people could not afford timely medical care. I certainly would like to see the U.S. adopt a single payer system for health care. It's logical, and works well in the rest of the civilized world.
Laurence R. Simson, Jr, M.D., Former Adjunct Professor, Michigan State University, Former Forensic Pathologist and Chief of Medical Staff @ Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI