The Drive for Universal Healthcare is now DEMAND UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE! While we will still travel the country to create DUH events (be sure to check out the What’s Next page–it’ll be up soon–to learn about projects we’re thinking about and volunteer to help!), we just can’t afford to travel as we did in the past. So the Drive isn’t dead, just adapted to financial circumstances–our commitment, our enthusiasm, and our undying belief that the U.S. can achieve Expanded & Improved Medicare for All, not in decades but within our lifetimes, is unchanged!
This website, like DUH, will also be changing as time permits– unlike many non-profit groups, we understand the importance of keeping our website up to date with fresh content, inspiring reports, and news in the single-payer world – we just don’t have the money to hire staff to do it and Sue can’t even figure out how to get the new logo to fit as the header!
So be patient and if you can’t be, check out our Facebook, Twitter, and more pages where Donna Ellington, Goddess of Social Media, is a manic poster!
A word about DUH’s structure and policies:
- We are NOT a 501(c)(3) or (4) organization
- We do not operate on the consensus model, as we believe a movement (as well as an organization) must have identifiable leaders if it is ever to gain public awareness, let alone someone that media knows they can call for information, interviews, or panels and forums. Sadly, more people know the names Wayne LaPierre and Tony Perkins (leaders of the NRA and the Family Research Council) than know Dr. Quentin Young, Ben Day, or a host of state, union, and local leaders. DUH hopes to highlight some of these unsung heroes on the Do You Know…? page, starting with someone who’s literally unstoppable and quite an inspiration for us DUHsters! Check in after Thanksgiving to see who it is!
- We admit to anti-ACA bias. While we acknowledge that many, many more people now have a card that says they’re insured, we question the value of that insurance when the deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance are so high that they still must pay more than most of them can afford. If you think there’s a way for DUH to be both pro-ACA and pro-single-payer, you are precisely where President Obama was when he entered those first “negotiations” thinking insurance companies and Republicans could negotiate in good faith and compromise.
- Lastly, DUH believes it’s not only wise but necessary to inform followers of politicians’ position on universal healthcare and to endorse those who have proven records of support for Medicare for All, regardless of their party. We believe that the disengagement of activists with politicians is one of the reasons the general public has become at best apathetic and at worst, stupid. Therefore, DUH has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders as the only viable candidate that has proven his support fearlessly and out loud throughout his political career. We acknowledge that Green Party candidate Jill Stein has also been a steadfast proponent since before she entered the political arena and we encourage you to vote for her if you find you can’t vote for Bernie. But above all, VOTE!
All that said, DUH is a “right to like” organization–everyone has the right to like us or not. We don’t have members and we’ll never ask you to pay dues. We welcome anyone who wants to participate in a DUH project by volunteering their ideas, time, skills, connections, and money toward making it successful, but we’re not going to waste valuable time arguing over our right not to be a cookie cutter advocacy group. If you don’t like us, feel free to find an organization that suits you better–luckily there are plenty to choose from and we encourage everyone to get more involved whether it’s with DUH or not. There are great single-payer groups in almost every state, so find the one that’s right for you!
Among the several valuable lessons we’ve learned in the three years DUH’s been in existence is that we need to support the efforts of EVERY group and organization whose goal is to achieve single-payer healthcare, even when their methods are different than ours; we must attract new activists, young ones, spanning all demographic categories, who have now experienced healthcare injustice like never before. We need to stage more demonstrations, more lobbying, more ways in which our demand is too relentless for legislators and the media to ignore. And we need to use every tool available– printed material, public speaking, letters and email, legislative resources, and social and Internet media–to educate and mobilize the public, the unions, faiths of all kinds, and the business community to unite with us and make our demand more powerful.
In other words, there’s a lot of work to do. And we need lots of people who won’t bail when things are inconvenient or uncomfortable or downright hard.
As Sue mentioned in her speech at the Healthcare Justice March:
“No matter how many times we’re told, ‘It’s not the right time,’ or ‘You’re never going to get that law passed with this Congress,’ or ‘The insurance companies have billions and you have nothing – you’ll never win,” we will NOT give in to pessimism and WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!”
Neither will DUH.
We CAN do this, but, like true universal healthcare, we need
EVERYBODY IN, NOBODY OUT!
September, 2013 East Coast Tour