Labor Fightback Conference

Picking Up the Pieces

Dear Friends,

Six months of heroic resistance by millions of Americans has brought the Republican Trumpcare juggernaut to a dead standstill. This week, Senate leaders officially announced that they were taking a breather from their holy crusade to gut Medicaid and deprive over 20 million of their fellow citizens of healthcare in order to give a huge tax cut to the 1%.

The significance of this victory cannot be overrated. When politicians abandoned us, people power won the day.

We are not out of the woods yet. The political and financial stakes are too high for healthcare profiteers to just walk away from the table. The fight is far from over. We’ve learned how to defeat our opponents. Now we have to learn how to win.

Like never before, people are embracing expanded and improved Medicare for All as the long term solution to the healthcare crisis. A recent AP-NORC poll shows that 62% of all Americans believe it is the federal government’s responsibility to ensure that everyone has health care. This is a shift of ten percentage points in less than four months!

This sea change is reflected in a recent statement of the AFL-CIO Executive Council placing Medicare for All as the centerpiece of the Federation’s healthcare policy: “Our core goal, however, is to move expeditiously toward a single payer system, like Medicare for All, that retains a role for workers’ health plans and in which access to quality, affordable health care is indeed a right for everyone in the country.”

And it is reflected in the 116 congressional co-sponsors of HR 676—The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act—more than at any other time in history.

Now is the time to pick up the pieces and move forward. As the August congressional recesses begin, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) is coordinating a “turn up the heat for health-care” grassroots campaign to attend town hall meetings and urge our Representatives to support HR 676. You can sign up to work on this campaign in your congressional district here.

In addition, registration is now open for Healthcare Now’s National Single Payer Leadership Meeting September 30 in Las Vegas. This important meeting will be an opportunity for us to begin to answer the important questions for our movement: where do we go from here and how to build the coalitions and consensus necessary to secure single payer healthcare for all. Early bird registration for $55 is now open so register today.

In the coming weeks, we will also be sending out information about exciting activities planned in connection with the AFL-CIO Convention in St. Louis, October 22–25.

We have won a great victory against overwhelming odds. Join us now as we work to regain the offensive.

In Solidarity,

Mark Dudzic
National Coordinator

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