by Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator, Labor Campaign for Single Payer, April 27, 2016
This year’s Democratic primary season has provoked a wide-ranging debate about what kind of future Americans want for their country. Rarely has a political campaign raised such a sharp challenge to the prevailing wisdom that “there is no alternative” to the status quo.
On healthcare justice, the lines couldn’t be sharper: do we spend the next four years working on incremental changes to the Affordable Care Act, defending a status quo that will never deliver universal affordable healthcare with a single standard of care for everyone? Or do we work to finish the job and make healthcare a right under a single-payer Medicare for All system?
To the surprise of the pundit class, and against their best advice, the overwhelming majority of Americans, including 81% of all Democrats, support Medicare for All. Similar majorities support living wage legislation, debt-free higher education for all, aggressive action to address global warming and an end to Wall Street control of economic policy.
We in the Labor Campaign for Single Payer understand that the political establishment has no interest in pursuing these far-reaching policies that will benefit the 99% unless they are under continuous pressure from a powerful social movement from below. As the primary season winds down, there is a real possibility that these social movements will be demobilized and the 1% reasserts its control over the political process.
he Summit will “seek to bring together activists committed to a different kind of agenda: a People’s Agenda that can enhance and expand issue campaigns and hold elected officials accountable to popular demands for justice, equality and freedom.” Those demands will include improved Medicare for All.
The People’s Summit will be an opportunity to build a force that could hold politicians accountable to real principles. The plan is to play a role at the Democratic convention and before and after the election. Conveners include NNU, National People’s Action, People for Bernie, US Students against Sweatshops and Progressive Democrats of America.
Please consider sending a delegation from your union or organization and spread the word about this historic event to others in your network.
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