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Know the FACTS!

Legislation & Fact Sheets
Know the Facts!

Legislation & Fact Sheets

One of the most powerful tools we have in the work to bring NIMA into reality is an informed team of advocates and that means YOU! The following links will take you to our fact sheets. These are based on information contained in or about H.R. 676, the House bill that Michigan's John Conyers has introduced in every Congress since 2003.

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. DUH is obviously biased toward passage of this law, so these facts are more "pro" than "con"-- but that doesn't mean they're not true. We think it would be good to address some of the real "cons" about the transition from for-profit to for-people healthcare and we're working on providing that.

Since this was first written, S. 1804, Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill, has been introduced in the Senate. Sue was asked to write an assessment of the bill by the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+), a non-profit organization that helps people living with HIV/AIDS to get and maintain access to the drugs they need through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. She has adapted it here for a more general audience and it does include some cons, as well as many pros.

We will also be adding fact sheets from other organizations so you have a variety to choose from. But for now, these may be helpful to you in understanding what we're fighting for, if you're not an expert already! Feel free to download, print and distribute any that you can use as educational material. We like to share!

  

  • The text of the bill

  • The text of the bill

  • Bernie's proposed ways to pay for his Medicare for All Act

  • Ben Jealous' healthcare plan as he runs for governor.

  • Though he lost his primary, gubernatorial 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 camapign.

  • Medicare for All 101

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

  • Why those living with HIV/AIDS should support Medicare for All

  • What to expect and what to prepare for when meeting your legislators

Studies & Articles

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

  • 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!

  • Sue's take on Bernie's bill

  • 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.