While single-payer is the most popular reform in polling of the public, physicians and nurses, it was largely “off the table” in Congress during the reform debate. It is clear that members of Congress, of both parties, are dependent on campaign money from the industries that benefit most from preserving the current broken health care system.
What can single-payer advocates do to change this situation?
Healthcare-NOW! has endorsed the Fair Elections Now Act as one way to loosen the grip of for-profit interests over our democracy.
The Fair Elections Now Act, a voluntary system for publicly funding congressional election campaigns, has been introduced in Congress and is supported by the national campaign finance reform groups. The Act allows candidates to run for Congress on a blend of small private donations (under $100) and matching public funds. The Act has over 140 co-sponsors in the House and 11 in the Senate.
Passage of this bill will provide members of Congress with an alternative source of campaign money, allowing them to represent their constituents, rather than their campaign funders. It will also provide any citizen who can qualify for Fair Elections funding (including single-payer advocates) with enough money to mount a credible challenge to incumbents.
Join Healthcare-NOW! for a discussion with leading advocates of the Fair Elections Now Act on Thursday, April 22nd at 8pm Eastern Time.
Featured speakers include:
Frank Kirkwood of CitizenFundedElections.org and the Western PA Coalition for Single-Payer Health Care
Chris Melody Fields, Common Cause’s Director of Outreach
Moderated by: Katie Robbins, National Organizer for Healthcare-NOW!
Here is the dial-in information:
Conference Dial-In: 1-218-862-1300
Conference Code: 441086
Please send your questions for the panel to firstname.lastname@example.org.