It's the mission of Demand Universal Healthcare (DUH) to advance the cause of establishing a truly universal, comprehensive, equitable publicly-funded national expanded and improved Medicare for All healthcare system in the United States. This mission is carried out by:
- Informing the general public of the facts about such a system
- Providing social media platforms on which to engage people in discussion, debate, and investigation of healthcare and other related social justice issues
- Encouraging vigorous participation in the political process, including non-violent protest
- Endorsing and working to elect progressive legislators who support single-payer legislation
- Forming alliances and partnerships with other single-payer and social justice groups and individuals to support each other in our effort
- Ending the national embarrassment of being the only major country that doesn't provide healthcare to its people as a right
In order to do that, we need YOU!
DUH is unique in its structure. We are NOT a 501(c)(3) or (4) - we're not tax exempt (donations are NOT tax deductible). We chose to have the freedom to endorse specific candidates and legislation instead.
We also don't follow the consensus model, preferring instead to have a structure of identifiable, accessible leaders with volunteer teams for the projects we take on. We believe that while everyone, be they a social media follower, project team member, or someone we meet, has a valuable part to play in this battle, there are many people who don't want to be leaders. Those folks will look for organizations and leaders for which they can show up, click, or wear a t-shirt. They are the ones we need the most and at DUH, their ideas, suggestions, advice, and constructive criticism will always be welcome.
Another difference is that we believe no treeroots* movement succeeds as fully and quickly as it can unless it is willing to interact with the "real" world to reach people outside the Internet. In order to have access to CNN, NBC/ABC/CBS, NPR, the New York Times or other media the general public is used to, they have to know the name of the person to call. And that person has to let them know that we expect to be asked for our reaction to the next Republican or Democratic bill, or news on HR 676 or S 1804, for that matter! Too often we make the mistake of staying in our comfortable "sanctuary," preaching to our already-enthusiastic choir. DUH hopes to lead the movement in spreading its wings and carrying our message outward, even into "enemy" territory!
DUH will never ask you for dues, financing each project we take on through specific campaigns. Oh, and don't expect to get a Christmas (or other holiday) appeal. With everyone else begging for money, we know that chances are you can't afford it, especially if, like us, you struggle with medical bills or debt. Yes, we'll post a holiday greeting with a link to our Donate page, but you can just scroll through! And we won't bombard you with daily/weekly/even monthly emails if you do donate, volunteer for us, or attend our events. We would rather "collect" followers than email addresses!
Last but not least, Sue and Donna are the only full-time (unpaid) "staff" at DUH and it may take awhile to get back to you if you email or call us. If you get no response within three business days, please try again. We're in our 60s - sometimes things just disappear into the fog!