Welcome to Demand Universal Healthcare! Does America need a new healthcare system? DUH!
As 2018 winds down, polls show that healthcare is the number one issue on the minds of American voters, as well as that 70% of Americans favor Medicare for All, including at least 50% of Republicans. With the 116th Congress now controlled by Democrats in the House, including a freshman class NOT bought by corporrate money, we have a realistic chance to move a bill forward.
Whatever the next year brings, we must ALL welcome those who are committed to seeing the U.S. provide healthcare as defined in H.R. 676 to everyone residing here. We must be united and relentless in our demand for it, no matter our political affiliation, our physical ability, or the methods we employ to amplify it.
This is our time - JOIN US in making it an historic one!
CHANGE IS COMING IN 2019!
Just like Congress, DUH will be changing in 2019. Its format and focus will be a bit different, but DON'T WORRY! Demanding Universal Healthcare will always be our foundational mission, but adapting to change is necessary. We'll be taking the month of December off - with occasional updates - before revealing our new look and different contents!
For now, I want to take a moment to acknowledge ALL the candidates that DUH endorsed this year, especially those who didn't make it through their primaries. Most of you were unjustly hampered by either too many other candidates in the field, restrictive requirements for those not bearing the rubber stamp of the DNC or RNC, and sadly but irrefutably, lack of money.
It's ironic that most people are in favor of getting the dark money that Citizens United allows out of our government and electoral process, yet they don't understand that it is a united citizenry that could do away with it simply by voting knowledgeably. Be aware of your choices and vote for the candidates who knocked on doors, held town halls, appeared at rallies big and small, helped distribute food to homeless and poor people, spoke on radio and Internet shows, and used social media well rather than just buying TV ad time, printing glossy mailers, or paying for robocalls.
Make million-dollar donations irrelevant by voting for people who refuse to accept them! Want to get the money out of politics?
Quit paying attention to who's raised the most and ask yourself who will raise YOU, your state, and your country up!
One last thing...there has never been a consensus on what the name for our goal is. Expanded & Improved Medicare for All, Single-Payer, Universal, Medicare for All, H.R. 676 - whatever it's been called in the past, there has never been a simple acronym or title that is uniformly used. There are also problems, in our view, with all of those choices. Republicans and corporate Democrats have co-opted much of our language, including "Universal" (but we're not changing our name!); it remains unclear that there will even be an HR 676 as it is, let alone of that number; and any of the titles that include "Medicare" are faulty in that what we really want is MedicAID for All but there is such stigma attached to being a Medicaid recipient (though we pay into it just like we do Medicare, only less) that no politician has the courage to suggest it. As one who would be dead by now if not for Medicaid, I certainly wouldn't trade it for the Medicare we now have with all its parts and profits for insurance companies and pharma. I would gladly use Medicaid for All but I'm probably the only one! So until there's a better idea, DUH will be using Healthcare for All or HA! You can use whatever you want, as can other organizations, but it's simple, has an unforgettable acronym, and is pretty hard to co-opt.