A new era in the health care movement
--by Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg
NOW IS THE TIME: Healthcare for Everybody (documentary film) honors the health care activists who have been taking actions for a long time without seeing immediate effects, and gives us hope that indicates there is a way through, once we reach a certain tipping point. With the Elites in power, and the Princeton study clearly showing that we cannot rely on Congress to act on our behalf, we sometimes wonder whether our actions will have an impact.
When a small group of activists attempted to influence Congress in 2009, they were up against the Elite giants. They were destined to fail in achieving their mission, while at the same time, their actions did bring the true situation (that Congress does not represent the people) to the attention of the country.
A few brave souls have been plugging away year after year trying to create change, while most other citizens have been resigned or too busy making ends meet to get involved.
The Princeton study points us towards corrective action, i.e. to elect and re-elect public servants who support Single Payer, who do what they said they would do, who represent their constituents, and who are not influenced by accepting money from the Elite. But it is still not enough.
The new movement is one of intentional education of citizens and establishing coalitions of groups and organizations that all march to the same heartbeat, a Medicare-for-all, Single Payer system, where we take collective action to look out for one another.
Research shows that having 3.5% of the population actively involved in promoting a particular solution (in this case, Medicare-for-All, Single Payer health care) is the tipping point required for a grassroots movement to be successful. It is not about opinions, and it is not about Congress.
Recent polls show that 58% of people in the U.S. favor a medicare-for-all system. That is just a reflection of opinions, not actions.
We are in a new era since the November 2016 election. People are waking up and putting themselves into action. This was not happening before.
The Womens’ March in January of this year showed a huge groundswell of grassroots involvement, with about four million people putting themselves into the movement. In order to reach the critical 3.5% of the U.S. population and create change (whether in a democracy or dictatorship), it would require about 11 million people being in action. Our job is to light a fire under our citizens and get them activated en masse to overcome the grip of the Elite. There are more of us than there are of them- if we act together.