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. Demanding Universal Healthcare will always be our foundational mission, but adapting to change is necessary.

Former Deputy Director and Social Media Whisperer Donna Ellington is off to concentrate on building her own social media sites, starting with her page ENIMA – Expanded National Improved Medicare for All. It's only fair that the original DUH page become ENIMA - however, FB seems to have had trouble understanding that we wanted to change the name while keeping the original page for me (Sue) to administer.

So" DUH - Demand Universal Healthcare" will at some point soon (we hope) be merged with Donna's ENIMA and I have started anew with "Demand Universal Healthcare - DUH," 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 ENIMA and her other FB pages, including COSDUH and Forward the Progressive Agenda & Tackle BS. The DUH Group page will not change and we feel that the members of that group can continue to do the great job they do to keep it going without either of us sticking our noses in.

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, I (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 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) is now renamed 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, not just healthcare. The time for accepting a feeling of being powerless in the face of the corrupt two-party system we have is over. 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.

We weren't surprised at the agreement seemingly struck between the DNC and mainstream media to "destroy" Bernie before he even announces he'll be running - it stunk a bit of DWS' grease-dripping Jheri Curl. But Vox spoiled that plan yesterday when it shined a light on the non-controversy that Bernie's opposition was trying to create over his rebuttal of the ridiculous State of the Union speech. Vox pointed out that Bernie has been doing these responses to speeches since 2016 and, like all others following SOTU addresses, it would indeed NOT interfere with Stacey Abrams' Democratic response speech. and sure enough, it didn't!

It also was NOT his stump speech from 2016, as many expected. And thanks to Vox making a mountain out of a foothill after Republicans and corporate Dems tried (and failed) to do the same with a molehill, I suspect many more viewers tuned in after Stacey was done.

Frankly, we were disappointed and saddened by Stacey's cliche-ridden speech and by the way it was staged. A vital, ample Black woman flanked either by a green screen, as has been suspected, or by a weird phalanx of skinny white girls, with one Black face and all the men sent to the back of the bus. Really? I have no doubt of Ms Abrams' sincerity or of her suitability as a candidate for higher office than Georgia's Governor, but it's sad if the DNC has already got her in their clutches. Her language about healthcare last night was uncomfortably too close to the DNC's script to win her DUH's endorsement now, whereas it was easy in 2018.

But you decide. Here they both are. Pay attention.

HELP NEEDED!

DUH is very lucky to have two dedicated volunteers who have helped with research, communications, fundraising (soon), and keeping me sane. However, without Donna's full-time commitment to social media, I need consistent, reliable help. The main goal of our upcoming GoFundMe campaign will be to raise enough money to pay at least a part-time (hopefully full-time), computer-saavy someone to learn our website and keep it going, backing me up in case of medical emergency, as well as helping with social media and occasionally being DUH's representative at events near your home. Of course, if no one donates, I'll be begging for more volunteers.

If you're young, socially conscious, and need resume-building experience; middle-aged and leaving the lucrative but soul-sucking corporate world to focus on social justice; or a retiree who isn't a Luddite like me, with time on your hands and the desire to do good work for a good cause, PLEASE ANSWER THE CALL!

Email me at duh4us@gmail.com and tell me what you can and are willing to do. THANKS!

A Note About Committee Assignments

There's been a lot of buzz about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's determination to get on the House Ways & Means Committee, arguably the most influential, and thus powerful, committee in the House, usually reserved for more senior members.

In the video above there's a call to get Deb Haaland, one of two Native American women elected to the 116th Congress, assigned to the Select Committee on Climate Change.

And the assignments of the new Progressives to committees, whether they're fighting huge establishment Democratic forces from incumbents like Alexandria is or going for what has so far been unable to overcome Republican and corporate Democratic greed like Deb is, will be an indication of just how hard Pelosi and her ilk will make it for the freshmen to remain true to their values, principles, goals, and constituents. In any case, too many Americans don't begin to understand what goes on in Congress, so here are the basics about committee assignments from http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/commfaq.aspx.

Before Members are assigned to committees, each committee's size and the proportion of Republicans to Democrats must be decided by the party leaders. The total number of committee slots allotted to each party is approximately the same as the ratio between majority party and minority party members in the full Chamber.

Members are then assigned to committees in a three-step process. Each of the two principle parties in the House is responsible for the assigning its members to committees, and at the first stage, each party uses a committee on committees to make the initial recommendations for assignments. At the beginning of the new Congress, Members express preferences for assignment to the appropriate committee on committees. Most incumbents prefer to remain on the same committees so as not to forfeit expertise and committee seniority. These committees on committees then match preferences with committee slots, following certain guidelines designed in part to distribute assignments fairly. They then prepare and approve an assignment slate for each committee, and submit all slates to the appropriate full party conference for approval. Approval at this second stage often is granted easily, but the conferences have procedures for disapproving recommended Members and nominating others in their stead. Finally, at the third stage, each committee submits its slate to the pertinent full Chamber for approval, which is generally granted.