"Goodwyn concludes that democratic movements are initiated by people who are neither resigned to the status quo nor intimidated by established powers. For Goodwyn, the cultural and psychological building blocks of democratic movements are individual self-respect and collective self-confidence" Read more about A good read/primer on activism
When I first began to post about single payer in January 2008 I had naive hopes of raising the issue in the Presidential campaign. I thought if I linked to enough bloggers who posted about it, I could encourage more posting and build the online movement.
As we know the primaries did not work out that way and after the election HCAN't was created to siphon off progressive support away from Medicare for All.
When I first began to post I created Google News Alerts on single payer, Medicare for All, and HR 676. At first items came slowly, only once or twice a week. I had to search around for material to blog about. But the momentum continued to build. Read more about What blogging about single payer has taught me about political blogging
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- Do you support a Medicare-for-all approach to health care but don't know how to persuade others it's the right thing to do?
Huntsville pediatrician Pippa Abston and North Alabama Healthcare for All are organizing speaker training on that topic the afternoon of Dec. 6.
The next two months will be critical in the shaping of health care bills in the U.S. Congress. We want to let our Congressmen know that Rhode Islanders support meaningful health care reform, a strong national health care option (“Medicare-For-All”). We are holding “Visible Vigils” across the state every Tuesday evening between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. from September 15 until November 17th.
Join us in Washington D.C. September 24th, 4:30 pm
3rd Annual Health Care Justice Vigil
In solidarity with American Patients United's 3nd Annual Health Care Justice Vigil in Washington DC, single-payer/Medicare For All healthcare activists are organizing solidarity vigils from New York City to the state of Washington. Also, the G20 Summit will take place in Pittsburgh on September 24-25, and provides another opportunity for single payer activism.
HELENA — Donors planning to attend Sen. Max Baucus' "Camp Baucus" fundraiser at the posh Big Sky Resort south of Bozeman this weekend will be met by an unfriendly welcoming committee.
On Friday, Baucus kicks off the first of the annual three-day fundraising event, and health care reform activists will be there to greet Baucus' donors as they drive the narrow and windy road to the event.
With the support and encouragement of the Republican leadership, one of America's most despicable political thugs, Dick Armey, a corporate lobbyist funded by the "health" industry, is organizing mobs to disrupt, harass and intimidate every public event organized to discuss the health care reform effort.
Celebrate Medicare’s 44th Birthday by showing Congress and President Obama the people, unions, doctors, nurses, seniors, faith groups, and Americans of every stripe support a single-payer system.
As President Obama says, “We must build on what works and leave out what doesn’t.” Medicare has
successfully provided care to seniors and people with disabilities for almost half a century. Medicare is a truly American-made system that other health care systems around the world have since been modeled after. With little over 3% administrative overhead, we must look to this American solution to our health care crisis.
As we all know there is talk of taxing health care benefits to provide subsidies that will not be used to buy heath care for people who do not have it, but buy health insurance.
It will do nothing about recission.
It will do nothing about the denial of care.
Combined with a mandate it will drive the cost of health insurance even higher.
Current news coverage does not make this clear. Therefore we need a flood of letters to the editor alert citizens.
basic talking points:
It is being proposed that we tax health insurance benefits. Read more about Aux letters to the editor, Citoyens!
Congress will adjourn for the 4th of July. Over the holiday they will be everywhere, parades, festivals, fireworks displays, picnics, everywhere. That is the time to approach them personally and ask them to support single payer, or at least not pass anything that prohibits the states from enacting their own plans.
Tell them that no plan is better than a bad plan.
Check their calenders, they may have their events on their Senate website, or it might be on the campaign website, or it might be on the web site of the local Democratic or Republican committee. Don't let the Republicans off the hook, ask them to support single payer. Believe me, there is a lot of nervousness behind that facade of Republican obstructionism. Read more about The July 4th Congressional recess
I just got an email from Health Justice complaining that faxes in support of single payer were being thrown out. Yeah. No kidding.
People think that big lobbyists keep winning because they have the $. Well, that is only part of the reason. Another reason is that they are respectful of the ways of capitol hill. When they contact their clients they make sure that everyone contacts THEIR representative. If you are from Montana Baucus is interested in you, otherwise you need a gazzillion dollars. That is just the way it is.
Of course, Health Justice could collect emails by state and send out its notices sorted by state with the right contact info for senators from those states, but Health Justice can't be bothered.
If we are going to win, we need to be smart. Read more about Attention Health Justice: UR DOING IT WRONG!