April 19, 2018

Democratic Socialists of America Primed for Medicare for All Weekend of Action

by DSA M4A

On April 21-22, DSA chapters in dozens of cities around the country will host rallies, canvasses, and town halls as part of the Democratic Socialists for Medicare for All campaign’s first nationally coordinated Weekend of Action.

40 chapters in over 20 states will participate, with activities scheduled to begin on the morning of Saturday, April 21 and continue through the weekend. Included in the planned activities are over 20 canvasses, a Medicare for All rally in Denver, a debt clinic and health fair in New Orleans, and town halls in several cities, including Houston and Dallas. Multiple chapters will host launch events for their local Medicare for All campaigns.

These DSA Chapters Are Making it A Weekend of Action
  • East Bay DSA
  • Philly DSA
  • North Central West Virginia DSA
  • Pittsburgh DSA
  • DSA LA
  • Whatcom DSA
  • Lousiville DSA
  • New Orleans DSA
  • Houston DSA
  • Austin DSA
  • North Texas DSA
  • Green Country DSA
  • San Antonio DSA
  • Twin Cities DSA
  • Chicago DSA
  • Lawrence DSA
  • Madison DSA
  • Denver DSA
  • Phoenix DSA
  • Seattle DSA
  • SnoCo DSA
  • Chattanooga DSA
  • Quiet Corner DSA
  • South Sound DSA
  • Detroit DSA
  • Huron Valley DSA
  • Grand Rapids DSA
  • Western Suburban DSA
  • Kansas City DSA
  • Boone DSA
  • NC Piedmont DSA
  • Suffolk County DSA
  • Nassau County DSA
  • Hudson Valley DSA
  • Pioneer Valley DSA
  • Fort Collins DSA
  • Central NJ DSA

“We need Medicare for All because our healthcare system should prioritize the health of working-class Americans over the profits of insurance companies and their billionaire executives,” said Megan Svoboda, who serves on the Democratic Socialists for Medicare for All campaign Steering Committee. “The Weekend of Action is going to bring that message to people all over the country.”

All events will directly support Medicare for All, a single-payer, universal healthcare program that will provide comprehensive healthcare to all American residents free at the point of service. DSA’s Democratic Socialists for Medicare for All is an ongoing campaign to make single-payer healthcare a reality. The campaign advocates for legislation like Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act of 2017 (S.1804) and Keith Ellison’s Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act (H.R.676) by building community support for the human right to health.

“Working people are ready to fight to win progressively-funded universal programs like Medicare for All that provide security from the cruelty of the market,” said Jeremy Gong, who also serves on the campaign Steering Committee. “Every week, DSA chapters are knocking on doors and talking to their neighbors about a healthcare system that will work for all of us, instead of only taking care of the rich. We’re not going to stop until we win.”

Nearly 30 million Americans are currently uninsured and an additional 30 million are underinsured, leaving them unable to afford rising out-of-pocket costs. At the same time, the beneficiaries of our current system are seeing record profits, with the average health insurance CEO making over $20 million per year. Funded through progressive taxes, Medicare for All will eliminate out-of-pocket spending and put an end to private health insurance, saving the average family thousands of dollars every year.

Democratic Socialists for Medicare for All is a top priority campaign of Democratic Socialists of America.

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