Welcome to Demand Universal Healthcare!
Does America need Healthcare for All? DUH!
As 2020 brings harder struggles as we struggle with COVID-19, millions of jobs and small businesses lost (along with employer-based health insurance), homelessness, hunger, and more abject poverty than we ever expected to witness, let alone experience, in the United States, polls show that healthcare is still, beyond mere survival, the number one issue on the minds of American voters. Over 70% of people everywhere on the political spectrum favor "Medicare for All," - we prefer to call it Healthcare for All, since that is what we want, NOT Medicare as it is now. The 116th Congress is now controlled by Democrats in the House, including a freshman class NOT bought by corporate money, and we have a realistic chance for progress. Add to that, the foundational disruption of life as we know it due to the coronavirus and even the staunchest Republican might support giving single-payer at least a temporary try. If Republicans were smart, they'd grab the whole gold ring and take Richard Nixon's 1974 words to heart - “Without adequate health care, no one can make full use of his or her talents and opportunities. It is thus just as important that economic, racial and social barriers not stand in the way of good health care as it is to eliminate those barriers to a good education and a good job.” Democrats certainly aren't that smart or they wouldn't be guaranteeing another four years for Trump by choosing a doddering, tone-deaf Biden who can't even produce a good video, let alone a good policy, vowing to veto
Whatever this 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 a historic one!
A DARK DAY
2021 has started by showing us things we never thought possible. The nail-biting Senate election in Georgia on the 5th gave the state TWO Democratic senators, Jon Osshoff and Raphael Warnock, the first Black senator from the state. This means we will finally be free of the evil of Mitch McConnell as Chuck Schumer will now unfortunately be Majority Leader. While he will certainly not support Healthcare for All, he might at least allow it out of committee for debate.
And then, ironically on the same day, the Capitol was attacked by Trump's Nazi army. They were not peaceful protesters as were the Black Lives Matter protesters, the Standing Rock Water Protectors, the Climate Marchers and countless others throughout our history who exercised their right to assemble and freely speak their messages of the need for change without violence or damage to property.. No, these were hate-filled, violent, inarticulate, ignorant, treasonous thugs demonstrating nothing but their own stupidity and destructiveness. Five people died during this riot; the fifth was that of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, the victim of a deliberate act of murder, having his head smashed by a rioter wielding a fire extinguisher. So much for "Blue Lives Matter."
As if that wasn't enough, on the 7th came the news that over 4,000 people had died from COVID-19 IN ONE DAY. As of 4:04pm on the 9th, 3,204 have lost their lives TODAY. A new strain of the virus has caused new surges in the UK and South Africa and there is some evidence that the mutated virus is here as well. Do we think there will be a national mask mandate in 11 days? Perhaps, but unless it comes with high fees or jail time for violators, Trump idiots will continue to cling to their ugly masklessness.
Oh, but the vaccine, the vaccine! How do we know it will work on current and future versions of the virus? How do we know even now that it won't have negative effects 10 or 20 years from now? It may indeed save us and I encourage everyone who wants it to get in line and get it. But don't throw away that trendy mask your sister made you in April. Like anyone living with undetectable levels of HIV can tell you, you've still got to wear a condom. Not only was it a loving thing, even if you bought it yourself, but you'll continue to prevent the spread and be prepared for the next wave. .
2021 so far has held the Mirror up to us so that we can see what happens when we choose hate over love, self over others, greed over generosity, avoidance over responsibility, and same over change. Fear of change DID steal an election, two actually. Can you REALLY think any of this would've happened if President Sanders had been in office?