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Legislation & Fact Sheets
Know the Facts!

Legislation & Fact Sheets

One of the most powerful tools we have in the work to bring Healthcare for All into reality is an informed team of advocates and that means YOU! 

While we strive to always provide true and consistent information, with legislation it's impossible to predict what would be added, deleted, or changed in the process of the bill becoming a law, especially where funding is concerned. As we wait to see what, if anything, happens to 676 in the 116th Congress, we are removing all funding and certain other language from our fact sheets. Be sure to check in again to read the updated versions.

Since 2003 when it was first introduced by Representative John Conyers, H.R. 676 has been the "gold standard" of what we are fighting for. It is clear that it will be re-written by the new "Medicare for all" caucus to look more like Bernie's bill, S. 1804. While we love Bernie and understand that 1804 may have been written strategically, it doesn't contain several of the crucial provisions covered in 676. It would thus be another, albeit better, incremental step toward what we want, but not the real thing.

This is why we as activists must pay attention and convey to our Representatives, especially if they were elected by running on a M4A progressive platform, that such a coarse is unacceptable. DUH will be watching the Congresspeople we endorsed to see if they stand by the position that won our endorsement. The unfortunate installment of avowed anti-healthcare corporate queen Pelosi as Speaker means extreme pressure will be aimed at them and it's up to us to make sure they know WE have their backs in the 2020 election. This time it won't just be about voting for them - we need to start now rewarding every right move they make with coverage the mainstream won't provide, with donations, with volunteers, with support for sticking to their guns and not selling out!

Don't forget to come back and see the new Fact Sheets! Feel free to download, share, and print them as you need them. We like to share!

  • The text of the bill

  • The text of the bill

  • Medicare for All's benefits to businesses big and small

  • Ben Jealous' healthcare plan when he ran for governor. Like the Michigan plan, we felt this deserved acknowledgement as a viable option for states that want to go forward in establishing their own system.

  • Though he lost his gubernatorial campaign, Michigan candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed came up with this innovative plan that we believe could be a viable template for other states that want more than baby steps, but aren't ready to dive right into a single-payer system. We were proud to be consulted by Dr. El-Sayed's campaign.

Studies & Articles

  • Tips and info based on our own experience meeting with state and federal legislators.

  • Paying for S. 1804 (by Bernie)
  • Sue's take on Bernie's bill

  • Gerald Friedman's 2013 study on financing a single-payer healthcare system

  • An Introduction to Modern Finance Part1 1

    Written by Stanford PhD economist and former professor Mark Johnson for the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, this is an easily understood explanation of the concept of "modern monetary theory." Part 2 willbe added soon.

  • A Businessman Makes the Case for Single-payer

    From PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Program) -
    Business owner and filmmaker (Fix It, Big Pharma) Richard Master writes to convince business leaders to join him and many other business owners in advocating for a single-payer system.

  • For those afraid of "socialized medicine," here's an explanation of the difference between the UK sytem and the one we're fighting for!

  • The World Health Organization lays out 10 reasons that every country should have universal healthcare.

Data & Stats

  • According to opensecrets.org which follows the money in politics, the following received donations from pro-gun groups, companies, and lobbyists. This is not a complete list, as some sources are protected by anonimity, but it will give you an idea of where your incumbent representative stands.

  • According to opensecrets.org, the following senators (and presidential candidates) took the donations listed from pro-gun groups, companies, and lobbyists in 2016. This is not a complete list as many donors are protected by anonimity.