Welcome to DUH! Demand Universal Healthcare is a source of information and, we hope, inspiration for all who are interested in truly universal, publicly funded, comprehensive, single-payer healthcare for ALL in the U.S.! Whether you are a seasoned veteran in this fight, a business ally, a legislator, or a new citizen activist, DUH can provide you with the factual information you need to further the cause!
Since 2012, DUH has gone through several “evolutions” (read about them on the DUH History page!), but we are now Demand Universal Healthcare because that is what we all need to do. The time is long past for polite suggestions, requests, and pleadings – the single-payer movement started over 100 years ago and has never made it further than a committee room, despite several visionary presidents promoting it. Now, sparked by the Revolution that Bernie Sanders paved the way for, it’s time that we stopped being polite and started holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire!
DUH was born out of the desire to bring less talk and more action to the fight. As the Drive for Universal Healthcare, we’ve had the wonderful experience of meeting “average” activists in 16 states. We staged a demonstration on the National Mall in DC – the Healthcare Justice March – in honor of Medicare’s 50th anniversary. And we are proud to say that we’ve been working to get Bernie Sanders elected since the beginning of his run, as well as providing a venue for Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, to speak when she took part in the HJM. Both Jill and Bernie have been strong, consistent proponents of single-payer for their entire careers despite the opposition they face.
DUH is a “right to like” organization. Some people may not approve of our organizational structure – we don’t follow a consensus model as many “grassroots” organizations do. We have an identifiable leader (founder Sue Saltmarsh) and a Deputy Director (Donna Ellington, also Social Media Director). We have “DUH-sters,” – some who would qualify as “staff” (see the DUH Team page) and most who are followers, or supporters, or allies, not members. You will never be asked or expected to pay dues, though when we have a fundraising effort for a specific project (like a tour or an event), we will ask you for money. And we assemble “Needs Teams” for projects who can donate certain skills, talents, and/or connections to the effort. We rarely have even $100 in our bank account, but we’re not in this for the money, that’s for sure!
Anyway, the point is that if DUH doesn’t suit you, there are plenty of other single-payer organizations that might. Look locally, since there are organizations in almost every state! Some state organizations we’ve worked with:
SPAN Ohio’s Debbie Silverstein & Sue
And there are MANY more!
It’s undeniable that single-payer healthcare makes sense (and cents!) – please explore the site and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It might take a day or two, but we’ll get back to you!
In the meantime, stay healthy, aware, and elect truly progressive candidates in November!
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