Tell your Senators nothing less than improved Medicare for all will do!

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We’re burning in anticipation of Bernie’s single-payer bill. But if we want to see it happen, we have to make our voices heard! That’s why we joined the call for a national Senate Week of Action, June 24-30, with Illinois Call-In Day.

This action continues!

Please continue to call Senators Durbin and Duckworth regardless of how many times you’ve called them before. They need to see we’re a true movement, so tell your friends to join us.

Call your Senators’ DC offices and ask to speak with the staffer in charge of health care.

·         Senator Durbin: 202.224.2152

·         Senator Duckworth: 202.224. 2854

 

Can’t get through? Try a local office. Numbers at https://callyourrep.co/

Not sure what to say? Here are suggestions for each Senator:

 

1.    For Senator Dick Durbin

This is [your name] in [city]I'm calling to thank Senator Durbin for his support of single-payer health care, as reported in a July 15 New York Times article by Suzy Khimm. * I look forward to learning that he has signed on as an original co-sponsor of the Medicare for All, single-payer bill, once it is introduced.  Senator Durbin knows from his own experience of health care* how important it is to ensure that all Americans can get the care they need, when they need it. Can you confirm that Senator Durbin will sign on to the Senate single-payer bill as an original co-sponsor?

Additional points you could mention in support of the bill:

·         No family should face financial ruin because of bad luck or poor health. Medicare for All really is for all.

·         Medicare for All would pay for itself by slashing insurance overhead and drug prices.

·         Patients would be able to access care from any physician or hospital in the country, as with original Medicare.

·         A recent poll by the Economist found that 60 percent of Americans support Medicare for All, including 50 percent of Trump voters.

·         If we really want to “make America great again,” a good place to start is by giving our people a health care system at least as good as that enjoyed by people in other wealthy nations.

 

2.    For Senator Tammy Duckworth

This is [your name] in [city]I'm calling to ask Senator Duckworth to be an original co-sponsor of the Medicare for All, single payer bill when it is introduced. Senator Duckworth says that if she had lost her legs in a car accident rather than in combat, her own family would have been bankrupted. No family should face financial ruin because of bad luck or poor health. Can you confirm that Senator Duckworth will sign on to the Senate single-payer bill as an original co-sponsor?

Additional points you could mention in support of the bill:

·         Every family deserves the same level of outstanding, publicly-funded care that Sen. Duckworth received. Medicare for All really is for all.

·         Medicare for All would pay for itself by slashing insurance overhead and drug prices.

·         Patients would be able to access care from any physician or hospital in the country, as with original Medicare. 

·         A recent poll by the Economist found that 60 percent of Americans support Medicare for All, including 50 percent of Trump voters.

·         If we really want to “make America great again,” a good place to start is by giving our people a health care system at least as good as that enjoyed by people in other wealthy nations.

If you have a personal story to tell, mention it--and please consider sending it as an email as well, so the Senators have access to the details. Personal stories are very effective with them, and on the Senate floor.

Thank you for taking action for health care justice.

* New York Times article here about Senator Durbin's support for a Senate single-payer bill. Durbin underwent an out-patient heart procedure earlier this year; article here.

 
 
 
 
Date: 
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 17:00

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