It's the mission of Demand Universal Healthcare (DUH) to advance the cause of establishing a truly universal, single-payer, 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, responsible leaders. We believe that while everyone - be they a social media follower, project team member, volunteer, 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 to keep momentum building and at DUH, their ideas, suggestions, advice, and constructive criticism will always be welcome.
Another difference is that we believe no treeroots (I call DUH a treeroots organization because, unlike "grassroots," trees are stronger, bigger, and way harder to kill) 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 leaders have to let them know that we expect to be asked for our reaction to the next Republican or Democratic bill, or news on HR 1384 or Bernie's bill in the Senate, for that matter! Though lack of time and staff often leads us to make the mistake of not being as visible or present as we could be at conferences, rallies, and speaking opportunities, staying in our comfortable "sanctuary," preaching to our already-enthusiastic choir will do little to advance the cause. DUH hopes to lead in carrying our message outward through social media, to candidates and legislators, even into "enemy" territory. We also welcome ALL who advocate for a universal, non-profit, comprehensive, publicly funded, equitable healthcare system in the United States and territories regardless of political views! Medical problems are nonpartisan – so, too, should their solution be.
DUH will never ask you for dues. Formerly, we financed each project we took on through specific campaigns and our own pockets. But one of the consequences of growing our vision is that DUH needs staff! Donna’s departure leaves me on my own with my technophobia and DUH’s long-time sainted volunteer Luule Vess who lightens my load by posting on the DUH FB page, as well as doing amazing research projects! Also a lifesaver is our Director of Communications, Josh Dill who is a crucial part of our political wing, communicating with and helping to vet potential endorsees. So at some point, DUH will be launching a GoFundMe campaign, hoping to raise enough money to pay for at least a part-time person who can help with the website and pay Josh more than the pennies per month he gets from me.
In addition to staff, I hope we’ll be able to raise the money for me to travel to conferences and other opportunities to more actively participate which I’ve regretfully had to miss simply because of the cost.
I continue to look forward to the changes 2019 is bringing and hope you'll visit often and follow our new DUH and PEP pages on Facebook:
Demand Universal Healthcare – DUH (healthcare only)
People Energizing Politics (PEP – politics and social justice causes in general)
And thank you ahead of time for your donation! If we can't raise the money from you - our allies, friends, and followers – our work is obviously not valuable enough for you to support. But I remain optimistic that people will come through this time like they have for other causes and organizations. I pledge to make DUH worthy of your investment!
Sue Saltmarsh, Founding Director