Coming in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to largely uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare’s 47th anniversary on Monday, July 30 is a great opportunity to highlight why we still need single-payer Medicare-for-all.
We know that the ACA will not achieve universal coverage — at least 26 million people will remain uninsured — fails to control healthcare costs, and further embeds private, for-profit insurance in our healthcare system.
So we’re asking single-payer activists everywhere to celebrate Medicare’s 47th on or around Monday, July 30 by:
1. Organizing a rally or single-payer teach-in. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about your event, and we can send you single-payer themed signs and orange improved Medicare for all booklets to hand out if you need them. Want to organize an event, but don’t know how? Check out our Organizer’s Toolkit for ideas. Here’s a great handout and discussion on organizing a teach-in.
2. Collecting petition signatures. We need more people in this movement. Download this petition and collect signatures at community events, summer fairs, and festivals. Then mail it back to Healthcare-NOW!. Here are some ideas on organizing a grander petitioning campaign.
3. Letting Congress know that we still need improved Medicare-for-all. Go here to email, and then call, Congress. Then send this link (http://bit.ly/we0q0n) out to all your contacts asking them to sign on as well.
Even if you don’t have time to plan a big event or rally but want to use Medicare’s anniversary as an excuse to gather with other single-payer activists, please let us know. We can email supporters in your area to let them know what you’re up to–and maybe you’ll meet some new single-payer activists in your town.