Open Letter to Senator Calls for Single-Payer Solution to Health Care Woes

Dear Sen. Toomey:

Last night, after the defeat of a series of ill-considered, clandestine plans to overtun the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Now it might be appropriate to ask what are their ideas. It would be interesting to see what they suggest as the way forward.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) deplaning in Maine to a round of applause after voting against the repeal of the ACA. Photo: BLCKGRD's Twitter Page

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) deplaning in Maine to applause after voting against the repeal of the ACA. Photo: BLCKDGRD’s Twitter Page.

Indeed, a willingness to listen to bipartisan solutions is long overdue. We need to build on the gains in insurance coverage we have already seen by repairing the holes in the ACA. In my mind, the best and simplest way to accomplish that is a single-payer solution, i.e., “Medicare for all.” This would cover everybody’s basic health care needs and allow private insurance to specialize in supplemental insurance if people so choose.

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Loeb

Watch this video for more information on a single-payer health care system:

Urgent Call to Action: Vigil to Protect Our Care

Word has it the Senate GOP is planning to vote on TrumpCare on June 29–yet Mitch McConnell and his band of 13 healthcare taskforce members still have not shown us the bill: Their plan is to end coverage for 23 million Americans in secret, slash funds for Medicaid, and then skip town for the Fourth of July recess.

Now is the time for us to take our message directly to Senator Toomey.

On Thursday, June 22, at 3:00 PM, Indivisible NW Philly will join PA Health Access Network’s (PHAN) 24-hour vigil outside Senator Toomey’s Philadelphia office at 200 Chestnut Street to stand with individuals and families at risk of losing care.

  • The vigil kickoff at 3:00 PM will be headlined by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, leader of the Moral Mondays civil rights protest movement, and member of the NAACP national board. Reverend Barber has been a voice for social justice throughout the nation, and it will be a great honor to stand with him at this crucial moment for healthcare.
  • On Friday, June 23, at 8:30 AM, we will be holding a morning rally with the vigilers who spent the night standing up for our Medicaid and access to healthcare. Come rally with us as we head into the second day of the vigil! 

    You can RSVP with PHAN here or on their Facebook event page. Please share these links widely throughout your network of friends and family!

How can you show your support?

1. Sign up to fill a slot during the 24-hour vigil. We need people to be at the site to show their solidarity throughout the 24 hours. Signup form is here.

2. Come to the vigil prepared to tell your story or the story of a loved one:

  • Are you a parent with kids on Medicaid (PH95)?
  • Do you have a parent on Medicaid who lives in a nursing home?
  • Do you use Medicaid?
  • Has your life been affected by the Affordable Care Act?

3. Share your pictures and videos of the event on your Facebook and Twitter feeds and other social media. Use the hashtag #ProtectOurCare

4. Call Senator Toomey’s Philadelphia office on the day of the vigil: ¬†Even if you can’t be there in person, it is vital that we keep those calls coming into the Philly office to let the senator and his staff know we stand with the vigilers. You can say:

“I understand Senator Toomey is part of the taskforce on healthcare in the Senate. It is unacceptable that he is going along with the plan to keep this terrible bill secret from me and all his constituents in Pennsylvania. As our elected representative in the Senate, he has the duty to represent us and our voices, not subvert democracy by legislating in the shadows. Show us the bill.”

Senator Pat Toomey: (215) 241-1090

Can’t wait till tomorrow to have your voice be heard? Click here for today’s Indivisible call script for Pennsylvania. TrumpCare will raise individual insurance premiums in PA by anywhere from $1,000 to $16,000 a year! And Senator Toomey will be directly responsible for these increases. It’s time to stop the bill.

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