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

Eleanor Kaufman
Faraz Khan
Renee Cantori
Michelle Stromberg
James Staub
Philip Czeh
Brian Summers
Paul Tuccinardi
Calvin Lawrence
Quan Gan
Laurie Taylor
Vicky Vazquez
Monika Potemra
Nicki Kaltenbach
Fathima Rifkey
Zully Pineda
Sanjeev Sriram, MD, MPH
Kaitlynn Sumpter
Mike Bender
Anita Kurek
Kevin Costello
Crystal Peters
Meagan Braganca
Susan Stewart
Nicole LeBlanc
Jonathan Rivers
Rebecca Waring
Craig Collins-Young
Lorna Crawford
Jahari Shelton
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Eleanor Kaufman
    signed via 2020-08-06 13:15:49 -0400
  • Faraz Khan
    signed 2020-08-06 12:07:33 -0400
  • Renee Cantori
    signed via 2020-08-05 22:47:01 -0400
  • Michelle Stromberg
    signed 2020-08-05 18:51:56 -0400
  • James Staub
    signed 2020-08-05 16:04:16 -0400
  • Philip Czeh
    signed 2020-08-05 11:11:18 -0400
  • Brian Summers
    signed 2020-08-05 09:55:32 -0400
  • Paul Tuccinardi
    signed 2020-08-05 09:28:50 -0400
  • Calvin Lawrence
    signed via 2020-08-05 07:40:35 -0400
  • Quan Gan
    signed 2020-08-04 21:56:38 -0400
    You need to look no further than the current pandemic for proof that universal healthcare is essential to the health of the nation. And Medicare for All is the only plan that makes sense economically and fiscally to achieve the goal of universal healthcare. Only when the profit motives of the insurance companies and hospital corporations are taken out of the equation can healthcare be truly guaranteed as a human right.
  • Laurie Taylor
    signed 2020-08-04 16:54:42 -0400
  • Vicky Vazquez
    signed 2020-08-04 15:24:22 -0400
  • Monika Potemra
    signed 2020-08-04 13:48:10 -0400
  • Nicki Kaltenbach
    signed 2020-08-04 12:22:48 -0400
  • Fathima Rifkey
    signed 2020-08-04 12:06:36 -0400
  • Zully Pineda
    signed 2020-08-04 10:42:47 -0400
  • Sanjeev Sriram, MD, MPH
    signed 2020-08-04 10:39:53 -0400
  • Kaitlynn Sumpter
    signed 2020-08-04 09:36:47 -0400
  • Mike Bender
    signed 2020-08-04 08:47:30 -0400
  • Anita Kurek
    signed 2020-08-04 00:25:03 -0400
  • Kevin Costello
    signed 2020-08-03 22:42:51 -0400
  • Crystal Peters
    signed 2020-08-03 22:16:50 -0400
    Tying health insurance to employment during a pandemic when jobs are not available could be considered a human rights violation. Let’s lead on this issue and fix this. We can do this!
  • Meagan Braganca
    signed 2020-08-03 22:07:26 -0400
  • Susan Stewart
    signed 2020-08-03 21:49:31 -0400
  • Nicole LeBlanc
    signed via 2020-08-03 21:36:06 -0400
  • Jonathan Rivers
    signed 2020-08-03 21:22:50 -0400
  • Rebecca Waring
    signed 2020-08-03 21:20:47 -0400
    The DNC should be supporting the choice of their constituents. Medicare for has broad support.
  • Craig Collins-Young
    signed 2020-08-03 21:08:33 -0400
  • Lorna Crawford
    signed 2020-08-03 20:37:50 -0400
  • Jahari Shelton
    signed 2020-08-03 20:37:48 -0400

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