The Lancet devotes special issue to U.S. health inequity
As you reach out to members of Congress, remind them that a large body of research points to the unique inefficiency and dysfunction of our health care financing system. Leading British medical journal The Lancet has added to that knowledge base by publishing a series of studies curated by PNHP co-founders Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, along with Dr. Sam Dickman.
Saturday kicked off a two-week congressional recess when representatives returned to their districts to face constituents. We greeted them with a coordinated Day of Action for Improved Medicare for All in dozens of cities from New Hampshire to Hawaii. The day of action certainly got the attention of local media and elected officials, but that was only the beginning.
Will you call your representative today in their local office to ask them to support H.R. 676? It only takes a few minutes, and we have easy instructions and a call-in script here. You can read H.R. 676, and learn if your representative is a cosponsor or a potential cosponsor here.
Once you’ve called, please consider arranging an in-district meeting with your representative or their aides. You can find an easy guide to help you here. If you do organize a meeting, please let us know how it went by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Many representatives will also be attending town hall meetings in their districts; I strongly recommend attending these (in your white coat) and speaking up for improved Medicare for all. Find out if and when your representative’s town hall meeting is here.
The welcome implosion of the GOP plan, the American Health Care Act, has opened up an incredible opportunity, and activism around single payer has increased exponentially in the last few weeks. H.R. 676 currently has the most support it’s ever had since it was first introduced in 2003, with 93 cosponsors as of today. Twenty-one of them have signed on just in the last two weeks! I myself met with legislative aides at the offices of Reps. Jayapal (WA), Polis (CO), Yarmuth (KY), Lynch (MA), Pallone (NJ), Smith (WA), and Murphy (PA) last week in Washington to discuss their potential and ongoing support for the bill. I also met with the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. John Conyers (MI, pictured). If there was ever a time to pull out all the stops for single payer, it’s now.
Please call or meet with your representative, and urge all your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.
Carol A. Paris, M.D.