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 corporate money, we have a realistic chance to move a bill forward.
Whatever the next year brings, we must welcome ALL 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!
THE NEW DUH
Just like Congress, DUH is changing in 2019. Its format and focus will be a bit different - DON'T WORRY! Demanding Universal Healthcare will always be our foundational mission, but adapting to change is necessary.
For the last eight years, founder and executive director Sue Saltmarsh has relied on the amazing social media skills of deputy director Donna Ellington to manage our social media dominance. Donna has taken the DUH Facebook page from 367 followers to almost 90,000, as well as creating the DUH Group, the COSDUH page and, with Sue, the POP page. She has expanded DUH's presence to Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest and has also helped other organizations develop their use of social media. Donna has “gone to FB jail for justice” several times for the “crime” of posting too much in her attempt to educate the general public about the facts of Medicare for All.
It is with understanding but great sadness (and a fair amount of panic) that DUH will be seeing Donna off to concentrate on building her own social media sites, starting with her page ENIMAA – Expanded National Improved Medicare for All Americans. It's only fair that the original DUH page become ENIMAA - however, FB seems to have had trouble understandin g that we wanted to change the name while keeping the original page for Sue to administer. So DUH - Demand Universal Healthcare will now be called Demand Universal Healthcare DUH and start building its own following through inviting friends and original followers, as well as presenting content in a different way. Donna will pursue continued growth of the movement through ENIMAA and her other FB pages, including COSDUH and Forward the Progressive Agenda & Tackle BS.
DUH will not cease to exist but will continue to fulfill its mission to inform the public so we can all demand universal, comprehensive, publicly financed healthcare for all in America! To that end, Sue (and volunteers) will strive to offer news, articles, studies, videos, and original content that you won't see everywhere else (until/unless the sharing starts!) - the stories behind the headlines, as well as unconventional content of other kinds.
We invite you to check in here often, especially once the 2020 election cycle starts, and also to check out our "portfolio" of social media locations. Please be part of the solution to the injustice and heartlessness of our current healthcare system!
POP TO PEP
In addition to the DUH "remodel," the POP page (People Overcoming Politics) will be recreated as People Energizing Politics or PEP and will have its own logo (coming soon). Unfortunately, PEP has also run into FB naming issues - they say the name has been changed from Politics Energized by the People's Participation but while the cover reflects the change, as does the user name, the page title has yet to be changed so if you search for it, search People Energizing Politics and click on it in the list - you'll be taken to the Participation page, but that's the right one for now.
As more and more Americans become politically aware, I want to provide a forum to encourage more understanding of and participation in our political process, from encouraging "average" people to run for office to paying attention to independent media coverage of political news to mobilizing the public around actions to support all causes that concern people in their daily lives, just just healthcare. The time for accepting a feeling of being powerless in the face of the corrupt two-party system we have is over. I hope the PEP page will increase engagement and participation and end the current head-in-the-sand mentality that fuels that sense of disempowerment. And last, but not least, by the time the 2020 election cycle is in full swing, it's my goal to make PEP the social media platform for the support of the candidates DUH/PEP endorses.
Both Donna and I are excited about continuing to work toward the same goals, each in our own ways but in solid alliance. It's time for the entire movement to make way for cooperation, mutual support and unity of vision. We invite all of you to see DUH, and now PEP and Donna's page ENIMAA, as reliable resources for the information and inspiration you need to become or remain an active warrior in this fight in whatever ways you can.