Welcome to Demand Universal Healthcare!
Does America need Healthcare for All? 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, 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. However, it’s our hope that if you’re running for the first time, your campaign will reach out and let us know about you! 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. If you're a candidate (or know of one) who's on the ballot already, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org! And all candidates seeking our endorsement can find out what we look for by clicking on the 2020 Candidates page. For us, your viability doesn't depend solely on your ability to raise money!
We are also endorsing most of the incumbents we endorsed in 2018, along with some others 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, if they haven't already. 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, as well as their campaign website if different from 2018.
On the Facebook DUH page, new 2020 candidates will appear 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.
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" (stronger, deeper and harder to kill than grass) organization that we know of who endorses candidates due to not being a 501(c)(3) organization. If you appreciate the work we do, please consider making a donation so our dream of having dedicated, paid staff can come true!
I've been waiting for this. There have been many moments of note for Rashida Tlaib, unfortunately too many colored by her initial passionate, celebratory cry to "impeach the motherfucker!" No one can claim that Rashida represses her emotions! While Republicans and the press - both mainstream and, regrettably, the Internet - ridicule her for "getting emotional" during committee hearings, we at DUH view it as a benefit of having an authentic representative of the People in Congress. She may have the advantage as a woman, allowed if not expected to be more outspokenly passionate than her repressed male counterparts (one shudders to think of something that would make Jim Jordan or Chip Roy cry!), but anyone watching this can only see how fueled she is by compassion, a deep sense of responsibility, and her core desire to correct the injustices she sees. We need more who have the courage to cry.