NOW reaffirms support for single payer Medicare for All
A report from NOW's 45th National Conference:
The National Organization for Women wrapped up its 45th National Conference in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, June 26, setting NOW's policy and agenda for the coming year and looking toward the 2012 elections and beyond. Topping NOW's policy agenda are improved Social Security benefits for women and a "Medicare for All" single-payer health care system as the solution to our health and fiscal crisis, including supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders' American Health Security Act of 2011 (S 915).
"Women need jobs, not cuts," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "We oppose any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and any health benefits derived from the Social Security Act. And candidates who want women's support need to stand with us in support of single-payer healthcare legislation on the state and federal levels."
Healthcare-NOW! encourages organizers on single-payer healthcare to work with NOW chapters across the country.
We acknowledge the work of Donna Smith, Jewel Crawford, Lisa Patrick Mudd, Natalie Maxwell, Marilyn Albert, Andrea Miller, and all those who attended the NOW conference and helped to support this resolution process. These women represent a number of organizations including National Nurses United, National Women's Liberation, Physicians for a National Health Program, Progressive Democrats of America, and Single Payer NOW, which all support the single-payer solution to the health and fiscal crisis.
Together, we collected 200 signatures in support of the resolution at the conference in Tampa, as well as facilitated a workshop "Mobilizing Women for Real Health Care for All: Making Single Payer Universal Health Care a Reality." Please click here for the organizing packet we distributed.