Knock Every Door with Nurses for Medicare for All

by Nurses for Medicare for All

If you’ve had a chance to join one of our National Medicare for All Canvass Host Training Calls over the past few weeks, thank you! Be sure to check your email for next steps if you haven’t yet, or email us at our new email at medicareforall@nursesfor.org for support in getting started organizing your canvass.

Nurses for Medicare for All have scheduled more upcoming canvass host trainings and will be updating this page routinely as we schedule more trainings. Our goal is to offer at least one training per week for the foreseeable future.

Click here to see our schedule of upcoming calls. Bookmark this page to keep an eye on our updating schedule.

Finally, we have heard from many of you that you’d like to forward this information to other Medicare for All activists in your networks. Please do! Again, no matter which state you live in, this training is designed so that you can adapt it to canvass for Medicare-for-All. Whether it’s a bill in your state’s legislature, a city council resolution, or demanding that your state representatives co-sponsor the national Medicare-for-All bills in Congress, you can use these skills to get to work in your community.

Thanks for being part of this fight for justice with us. We can’t wait to work with you.
In solidarity,
Nurses for Medicare for All Campaign

A story from Scotland

by Mike Huntington

I was tabling with Deborah Commins and Rafael Capiro at the Corvallis Farmers Market on July 21 when a man from Ireland stopped by. He told us about his brother who was ill enough to be in a Scottish hospital for 18 months, much of the time in an ICU. The brother did not have to worry about losing his life savings or his home as a result of his medical care. His bill for a year and a half in the hospital was $0.00. He wonders why Americans don't seem as smart as the Scots regarding health care.  Hugh tells about his brother getting care in a Scottish hospital.

The UK spends half what we do on health care and has far better outcomes overall. 

Now is The Time Film Tour Proposes a Timely Replacement for Obamacare

When former Oregon-resident filmmakers Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg began shooting Now is the Time- Healthcare for Everybody, they had no idea the U.S. healthcare system was about to be thrown into disarray by the new administration’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, potentially causing millions of Americans to lose their healthcare access. But the threat of impending major changes to the healthcare system makes their film even more timely.

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Care for the Vulnerable vs. Cash for the Powerful -- Trump's Pick for HHS

From the New England Journal of Medicine Sherry A. Glied, Ph.D., and Richard G. Frank, Ph.D.
Representative Tom Price of Georgia, an orthopedic surgeon, will be President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services (HHS). In the 63-year history of the HHS Department and its predecessor, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, only two previous secretaries have been physicians.

Tom Price represents a different tradition. Ostensibly, he emphasizes the importance of making our health care system “more responsive and affordable to meet the needs of America’s patients and those who care for them.”4 But as compared with his predecessors’ actions, Price’s record demonstrates less concern for the sick, the poor, and the health of the public and much greater concern for the economic well-being of their physician caregivers.

Price has sponsored legislation that supports making armor-piercing bullets more accessible and opposing regulations on cigars, and he has voted against regulating tobacco as a drug. His voting record shows long-standing opposition to policies aimed at improving access to care for the most vulnerable Americans.

 

PNHP's Don McCanne Comments on the RAND Study of How to Cover All Oregonians

By Don McCanne, M.D.

This study can be very helpful to those who are considering comprehensive health care reform on a state level. RAND has shown that a single payer system would cover everyone without increasing total health care spending; private health insurance for the nonelderly plus Medicare for seniors and the disabled would cover everyone but would increase total spending; and providing a state-run health plan (public option) would have only a negligible impact on coverage and spending.
Full article here.

Corvallis Inaugurate Social Justice March

On January 20, MVHCA joined many other groups from Oregon State University and Corvallis to demonstrate for social justice. As many as 1,000 people (many of them OSU students) marched from campus to the riverfront park. The highlight for MVHCA was at the end of the march when the entire crowd chanted "Everybody In, Nobody Out!" over and over.

Thank you Dick Behan for being our photographer at the march.