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

Brandon Cohen
Noor Khalil
Chris Izzo
Alysia Johnston
Richard Bruno
Jeffrey Kaplan
Suchitra Balachandran
Sydney Jacobs
Kristy Fogle
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Brandon Cohen
    signed via 2020-08-01 17:08:46 -0400
  • Noor Khalil
    signed via 2020-08-01 17:04:29 -0400
  • Chris Izzo
    signed via 2020-08-01 17:02:47 -0400
  • Alysia Johnston
    signed via 2020-08-01 16:39:42 -0400
  • Richard Bruno
    signed 2020-07-31 07:02:53 -0400
  • Jeffrey Kaplan
    signed 2020-07-30 18:49:19 -0400
  • Suchitra Balachandran
    signed 2020-07-30 14:42:30 -0400
  • Sydney Jacobs
    signed 2020-07-29 17:41:21 -0400
    The lopsided vote against M4All by our supposed ‘friends’ – the Dem Party, makes me sad. How do members of the DNC sleep at night, knowing that millions of Americans are denied the basic human right of universal quality medical care? Shame.
  • Kristy Fogle
    signed 2020-07-29 14:10:19 -0400
  • Kristy Fogle
    published this page 2020-07-29 14:07:24 -0400

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