In the aftermath of the 2016 election, Healthcare-NOW partnered with Progressive Democrats of America to host this emergency conference call with Senator Bernie Sanders’s healthcare aide, Lori Kearns, to provide essential information about the likely attacks on public and private healthcare programs, and to start a discussion of how the single-payer movement can fight back and win.
The election of Donald Trump and GOP control of both houses of Congress means that every public health program – Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, and the Obamacare Medicaid expansion and subsidies – are all at risk, as are employer-sponsored plans, as the GOP has promised to remove the employer tax-deduction for contributions to employees’ health insurance. However, defending the status quo in healthcare is exactly what helped Democrats suffer catastrophic losses this election – we must fight back with a positive vision for healthcare justice, and resist attacks on public and private healthcare coverage while fighting for single-payer healthcare and building a social movement to pass it.
This conference call was an initial conversation, in what will be a major mobilization and campaign effort over the coming years. Listen here to learn more, and join Healthcare-NOW to get involved in fighting back!