The U.S. spends more on health care per person and as a percentage of gross domestic product than any other developed nation in the world, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. But all that spending has not made Americans healthier than the rest of the world. Our high-priced health care system leaves millions overlooked; we spend more yet end up with less. Those who say this goal is unachievable are selling the American people short. Americans need a health care system that works for patients and providers. We need a system where all people can get the care they need to maintain and improve their health, regardless of income, age or socioeconomic status.
Our Revolution Massachusetts actively supports a Medicare for All health services system nationwide and in Massachusetts. We believe a single payer health care system will significantly improve the quality of life experienced and the health care received, regardless of age, zip code, or socio-economic status.
ORMA calls on members and affiliates to:
- Lobby their representatives at the state and federal level and Democratic committees to co-sponsor and support single-payer legislation and resolutions.
- Participate in op-eds, letters to the editor, call-ins, town halls, public forums, stand outs, meetings, and coalitions, and support ally events.
- Pass warrant articles and resolutions to support a single payer system.
- Host Medicare for All events, activities, meetings, education forums, and coalition events.
- Join or build Medicare for All coalitions.
ORMA will coordinate with ally organizations to become even more effective and unified with larger regional Single Payer/Medicare for All groups, forming or joining a coalition with the objectives of coalition planning, joint actions, and discovering how Medicare for All would directly impact Massachusetts.
ORMA success will be measured by:
- Increased number of local Democratic Committee endorsements of H.R.1384, H.1194, and S.683.
- Getting state and federal representatives, especially Congressman Richard Neal, to co-sponsor one or all of these bills.
- Urging our Mayors to sign on to the Mayor’s for Medicare for All initiative.
- Get a hearing for Medicare for All in the House Ways and Means Committee.
- Large turn-out at events, and passage of state Medicare for All legislation. Having additional towns pass a warrant article.
We have proven there is power in OUR grassroots movement
to win Medicare for All.
Thank you for supporting Medicare for All.
Without YOU this ORMA priority would not be achievable!
Please submit your ORMA priority events, suggestions, achievements, questions, and proposals to Priorities@OurRevolutionMA.com
“We have a once in a generation opportunity to win what all people really deserve. No more half measures, no more health care for some. We can win Medicare for All. This is OUR Congress, this is OUR Democracy, and this is OUR Future in the making.” – Ady Barkan
Mayors for Medicare for All – a new initiative launched by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. There are 47 mayors in Massachusetts who will be asked to sign onto this initiative.
Here are ways you can help ORMA support Medicare for All nationwide and within Massachusetts:
Get involved in Medicare for All – nationally!
Sign this petition: Sign your name today, and become one of the thousands of people sending a powerful message to Congress. Every single name that we add to this list will put incredible Really? How about “increasing” pressure on our representatives in the House such that they must join the overwhelming majority of Americans in backing Medicare for All.
Get involved in Medicare for All – locally!
Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution (FCCPR) – Recent Achievements of the Single Payer Task Force
In February, March, and April, Our Revolution and National Nurses United hosted thousands of Medicare for All barnstorms, phone banks, and canvasses all over the state and country to organize and inform the public on single payer healthcare.
The new Medicare for All Legislative Caucus met for the first time in April. Legislators and legislative staff crowded the room to discuss Medicare for All and how they can help advance the legislation in Massachusetts. The Caucus is also discussing how to structure and fund an updated study of the costs and savings of a state single payer system, and the impact of single payer on different constituencies such as business owners and households at different income levels.
In early May activists across the country came together to rally against Big Pharma and 300 nurses urgently asked Nancy Pelosi, and Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal (CD1), to give Medicare for All the hearing it deserves in the House Ways and Means Committee … and that plea moved Congressman Neal to agree to hold a hearing!
Soon after meeting with legislators, advocates like Ady Barkan – who is dying from ALS – showed their strength and determination for passage of Medicare for All by testifying on behalf of the legislation in the House Rules Committee hearing.
- April 2019 – The Boston City Council adopted a resolution supporting Massachusetts Senate Bill No. 683, An Act Establishing Medicare for All in Massachusetts.
- April 2019 – The Chicopee Democratic City Committee passed a Medicare for All Resolution to support presenting to the Chicopee City Council.
- April 30, 2019 – House Rules Committee held a Medicare for All hearing.
- April 30, 2019 – House Ways and Means Committee granted Medicare for All a hearing, hearing date TBD.
- May 7, 2019 – Holyoke City Council adopted a resolution supporting Massachusetts Senate Bill No. 683, An Act Establishing Medicare for All in Massachusetts.
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Most of all we need to know what you are doing, or have done, or need help doing as it relates to Medicare for All. Find us by emailing Priorities@ourrevolutionma.com.