Because no one should profit from another's pain
On August 1, 2015, history will be made in the fight for healthcare access for all in the United States. Thousands will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the Healthcare Justice March demanding Expanded and Improved Medicare for All. We have the legislation – H.R. 676 – and now we need the power of the People to stand behind it.
Throughout the week of July 30, there are events being planned across the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of Medicare. We encourage you to participate in whatever events are happening in your area on July 30 and 31 and then top it off by coming to the Healthcare Justice March on Saturday, August 1. We’ll also be lobbying Congress on July 30, so if you’re in or around Washington, feel free to join us in delivering our message to your legislators before they leave for their break!
You can find a listing of events at the Medicare Turns 50 Facebook event page, their website or by checking the Healthcare-NOW! and DUH websites. It may seem like July 30 is a long way away, but the more events that happen, the louder and stronger the message is to our legislators – NO MORE PROFITING FROM OUR PAIN!
We hope for the kind of success that the People’s Climate March had – massive numbers, a wide diversity of people and related causes (and we believe that healthcare is a factor in every social justice cause), and the raising of awareness about the millions of people who are suffering, or know someone who is, from our current wasteful and unjust healthcare system
In order to achieve this, we’ll need to build a unified coalition of organizations that will mobilize their members, help with logistics, fundraising, and other volunteer tasks, and, finally, SHOW UP! It’s a big job, but we must act, we must find our voice as a movement, and we must walk our talk if our goal is ever to be reached.