Welcome to Demand Universal Healthcare!
Does America need a new healthcare system? DUH!
As 2019 brings harder struggles to all but the wealthy, polls show that healthcare is the number one issue on the minds of American voters, that over 70% of Americans favor Medicare for All, including at least 52% 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. 1364 - to everyone residing here. We welcome gratefully the Republicans, members of the FB page Republicans for Single Payer and others. 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 our DEMAND for UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE!
This is our time - JOIN US in making it an historic one!
It has been our policy thus far not to endorse anyone until their filing deadline is past and they know they’ll be on the ballot. We now have our first new endorsement! Brianna Urbina is on the ballot in MD's 5th District, running against dinosaur Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi's Assistant Speaker.
If you live in MD-5, please visit her website - http://www.urbinaforus.com/ And watch the video below!
We are also endorsing most of the incumbents we endorsed in 2018, along with some other incumbents who’ve impressed us with their performances in Congress. Some are freshmen who we missed endorsing in 2018. Unless they are being challenged by a new Progressive we feel meets our standards better, incumbents pictured on the Facebook PEP page cover can consider themselves endorsed and will receive notification shortly. Videos of committee hearings, floor speeches, and other videos related to their time in Congress will be linked under their name on the Candidates page from YouTube and government websites, as well as their campaign website if different from 2018.
We’re putting a list together of the new 2020 candidates who’ve reached out to us seeking our endorsement and who we’d endorse if they were on the ballot and met our viability standards (see the 2020 Candidates page for a list). NOTE TO ALL: Two of those standards are first, that you have a website and secondly, that you have a YouTube video (this website service only allows YouTube) of 4 minutes or less introducing yourself and stating your positions on the issues that matter most to your potential constituents. If you are endorsed, we'll be using links to such videos instead of written bios on the 2020 Candidates page along with a link to your website where people can find out more.
It’s our hope that if you’re running for the first time, your campaign will reach out and let us know about you, especially if you know you have ballot access! We know different states have petition or financial requirements for getting on the ballot, especially if you don't identify as a Republican or Democrat (an advantage in our view - if more would run as Independents, it would be easier to break the strangle hold of corruption and corporate influence that controls our government). We had endorsed 157 candidates in 2018 before the first primary - only 52 made it to the general and we had 14 winners, including Governor Polis of CO, AOC, Ilhan Omar, and incumbent Ro Khanna.
We’re certainly not the AFL-CIO or the editorial board of the Washington Post, or even Justice Democrats, but we ARE the only non-profit "treeroots" organization that we know of who can endorse candidates due to not being a 501(c)(3) organization.