Injecting Single-Payer Into the Mandate News Cycle

With the Supreme Court hearings on the individual mandate happening this week, healthcare reform is back in the news. It’s time to send letters to the editor all over the country saying, “Individual mandate or not, we need Medicare-for-all.”

The Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision to purchase health insurance is generating plenty of debate. Republicans (though they invented the mandate idea) [1] claim the mandate is an overextension of the federal government’s power, and Democrats (though they previously opposed the mandate) [2] are leery of anything that could tarnish their reputation during a presidential election year.

What’s missing from this debate (in the media and the halls of Congress), however, is that regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, we will still be left with an inadequate healthcare reform law that leaves at least 20 million people uninsured, fails to reduce healthcare costs, and keeps for-profit, private insurance companies up and running.

Let’s take the opportunity to inject the single-payer message into this news cycle by sending letters to the editor all over the country highlighting the need for Medicare-for-all.

We’ve made it easy for you. Click here for a sample letter to the editor, tips on writing your own, and information on where to send your letter.

[1] Ryan Budget May Lead to Single-Payer Health Care
[2] The Democratic Debate in South Carolina


  1. Paula Clayton on April 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Its time to grow up. Its time to simplify. Its time to cut costs and its time to cover everyone and cut the interminable paperwork
    and the greedy corporate cooked expenses of healthcare. Its time for quality healthcare for all the people. Its time to take this issue out of the hands of corporate-owned politicians. Its time to make a good, workable, and ethical decision about healthcare. Its time for Single-payer medicare for all.

    • Harry on April 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Yes we must unite with singleness of purpose: single payer Medicare for all!

  2. Victoria on April 14, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I absolutely agree: we must extend improved Medicare to everyone. Too many people are afraid of it because they know how hard it is to find a doctor who will treat someone on Medicare or Medicaid. But if everyone is funded by Medicare, the problem will disappear. Then the only problem (well, the biggest anyway) will be finding enough primary care physicians for everyone, since doctors are being lured into specialist fields by better pay.

  3. Rodney Norton on April 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

    We need healthcare for all that is out of the for profit system.Medcare for all.most likely paid for by a tax that everyone pays in to .Hospitals should be nonprofit.d Drug companys need to be under strict regulate to keep them honst. Rod Norton