Call on the Maryland DNC Delegation to Demand that Medicare-For-All Be included in the DNC platform!

Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition, representing over 30 state and national organizations, calls on Maryland voters to sign this petition, asking Maryland Delegates to the DNC to vote against any Democratic party platform that does not include a plank supporting universal, single-payer, New and Improved Medicare for All.

WHEREAS, pre-pandemic, the number of Americans without health insurance was nearly 30 million, while more than 40 million Americans remained under-insured, despite important gains made since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; and

WHEREAS, the World is currently in the throes of a catastrophic public health crisis; the U.S., with only 4% of the global population, tragically has 25% of all COVID-19 cases and deaths; and

WHEREAS, this public health emergency has resulted in over 40 million American job losses accompanied by loss of employer-based insurance; and 

WHEREAS, millions of Americans have lost their healthcare insurance because of those job losses at a time when healthcare is needed most; and

WHEREAS, this crisis has highlighted the need to separate healthcare from employment; and

WHEREAS, our current, for-profit health care system is inherently racist and discriminatory; and

WHEREAS, the never-ending rising costs of health care add challenges to our already strapped municipal budget and our small businesses, which keep our communities thriving; and

WHEREAS, 209 economists have signed a public statement supporting Medicare for All citing billions of dollars in healthcare savings; and

WHEREAS, we believe that healthcare is a basic human right, not a privilege or a luxury; and

WHEREAS, recent polls show that 69% of registered voters including 88% of registered Democrats now believe that a universal, single-payer, Medicare-For-All system is the best way to achieve equitable, affordable and accessible healthcare for all Americans; and

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party and their Platform Committee process has failed, to date, to incorporate a clear and progressive platform plank for Medicare-For-All for adoption by the 2020 National Convention; therefore

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the undersigned Democratic voters express their enthusiastic support for the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384 and S. 1129). We call upon our delegates to the Democratic Convention, in alignment with the majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives who co-sponsored the Medicare for All Act of 2019, to pledge to only vote for a 2020 Platform that includes a universal, single-payer, Medicare-For-All, platform plank.

Who's signing

Kristian Berhost
Elias Schutzman
James Glass
John Mitchell
Deborah Elliott
William Barker
Sam Pizzigati
David Kosterlitz
Marcia Tanabe
Cesar Garzon
Marilyn Wood
Linda Drescher
Jason Fitch
Linda Barker
John Moffett
Joel Roache
Gayatri Sanku
Carol Broderick
Onawa Rock
Theresa Richardt
Toby Perkins
Jackie MacMillan
Nkechi Animashaun
Rebecca Armendariz
Hal Ginsberg
L Premo
Penny Whitmer
Stephen Mangano
Judith Whitmer
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Kristian Berhost
    signed 2020-10-31 16:12:54 -0400
    Medicare for All would save lives!!
  • Elias Schutzman
    signed 2020-08-31 12:37:58 -0400
  • James Glass
    signed via 2020-08-15 15:42:43 -0400
  • John Mitchell
    signed 2020-08-11 16:49:01 -0400
    No health “insurance” company has ever cured an illness or healed an injury. Let’s spend our health care dollars on medical care, not Wall Street investors.
  • Deborah Elliott
    signed via 2020-08-11 14:48:47 -0400
  • William Barker
    signed via 2020-08-11 13:09:10 -0400
  • Sam Pizzigati
    signed 2020-08-11 10:36:50 -0400
  • Davlin
    signed 2020-08-11 08:27:12 -0400
  • David Kosterlitz
    signed 2020-08-11 00:37:19 -0400
    M4A NOW – if ever there was a time to do it, that time is now!
  • Marcia Tanabe
    signed 2020-08-10 23:28:59 -0400
  • Cesar Garzon
    signed 2020-08-10 22:18:06 -0400
  • Marilyn Wood
    signed 2020-08-10 19:03:14 -0400
  • Linda Drescher
    signed 2020-08-10 18:39:57 -0400
    I was appalled by the number of people in the DNC who opposed Medicare for All. It’s been 47 years since I returned to the U.S. after living in Canada (which back then had universal health care) for 5 years, and the U.S. for-profit system has remained the same.
  • Jason Fitch
    signed 2020-08-10 18:02:38 -0400
  • Linda Barker
    signed 2020-08-10 16:07:26 -0400
    I cannot afford regular Medicare! We need Medicare for All ! The pandemic has shown unequivocally that private insurance is not adequate or in any way useful especially when it is tied to the job you just lost! Come on people now support your fellow countrymen and get with the reality that M4A is what we need. Ya listening Biden?
  • John Moffett
    signed 2020-08-10 14:07:19 -0400
    Medicare for All is not optional, it is essential.
  • Joel Roache
    signed 2020-08-10 12:38:44 -0400
  • Gayatri Sanku
    signed 2020-08-10 11:30:20 -0400
  • Carol Broderick
    signed via 2020-08-09 21:01:44 -0400
    I stand with most Americans to insist that a commitment to Medicare for All MUST be on the party platform.
  • Onawa Rock
    signed via 2020-08-09 19:17:49 -0400
  • Theresa Richardt
    signed 2020-08-08 18:34:16 -0400
    Group health insurance worked well when good jobs with living wages were plentiful. We all know that was yesterday. Health insurance should no longer be linked to jobs. Health care costs are rising for both employers and the employees. Health insurance has evolved from simple comprehensive benefits to convoluted and confusing “plans” – HMO PPO EP0 – provider networks – in network – out of network – deductibles- copays- coinsurance -referrals, etc.

    MAKE IT STOP! Health care IS NOT AN INDUSTRY! We need a SINGLE PAYER NATIONAL healthcare in the USA.
  • Toby Perkins
    signed via 2020-08-07 20:06:11 -0400
  • Jackie MacMillan
    signed 2020-08-07 15:18:59 -0400
  • Nkechi Animashaun
    signed 2020-08-07 08:36:35 -0400
  • Rebecca Armendariz
    signed 2020-08-06 18:51:01 -0400
  • Hal Ginsberg
    signed 2020-08-06 17:24:10 -0400
  • L Premo
    signed via 2020-08-06 15:36:06 -0400
    The DNC needs to start representing its constituents. This should be a no brainer but the medical industry has more say than the people. Enough already!
  • Penny Whitmer
    signed 2020-08-06 15:14:55 -0400
  • Stephen Mangano
    signed 2020-08-06 15:03:33 -0400
  • Judith Whitmer
    signed 2020-08-06 14:04:35 -0400

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