The Supreme Court just released their decision on Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), and their decision is that all components of the law – including the individual mandate requiring citizens buy private health insurance – are upheld and declared constitutional.
This decision does not end the fight for expanded and improved Medicare-for-all. We know that our community members’ health needs will not be met by the ACA.
We already have the infrastructure in place to create a national single-payer system by simply expanding Medicare to everyone, and excluding private health insurance companies.
We urge you to:
1. Send emails, and then calls, to your Congress members and the President;
2. Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers explaining why we still need a universal publicly-financed healthcare system;
3. Hold public demonstrations outside of private health insurance companies or hospitals. Or attend one of these:
– Washington, DC – Today
– Albany, Rochester, Ithaca, New York City (PNHP) – Today
– Memphis, TN – Today
– New York City, NY (OWS) – Today at 11:30am and Friday, June 29 at 5pm
– Louisville, KY – Friday, June 29 at 4pm
– Will not achieve universal coverage–at least 26 million people will remain uninsured.
– Will not control healthcare costs, leaving Americans vulnerable to bankruptcy.
– Embeds private, for-profit insurance in the system’s core, allowing them to continue to profit and game the system at our health’s expense.
While a national single-payer system, such as the one proposed in Representative Conyers’ (D-MI) National Health Care Act (HR676), would:
– Cover all necessary medical care for everyone living in the US from birth to death.
– Reduce healthcare spending by a minimum of $400 billion a year by significantly reducing administrative costs.
– Remove for-profit insurers from the system along with their excessive profits and CEO salaries.
Please take swift action now with the message: Medicare: improve it and expand it to everyone!
In solidarity for single-payer,
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff and Steering Committee
P.S. Michael Moore will be in Philadelphia, PA this Saturday. Hear what he, the folks featured in SiCKO, and Wendell Potter think about the decision.