Group hopes to build support for HR 676 Medicare For All legislation
The Fort Bend Community Action Network (Fort Bend CAN), Fort Bend Indivisible, Organizing for America, Our Revolution, Fort Bend Berners and Citizens Advocating for Social Equity (CASE) are hosting a Medicare For All rally in the Sugar Land Town Center Plaza on July 8 at 10 a.m.
Organizers hope the event will raise awareness about the effects that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will have in suburban communities throughout Texas, while highlighting the need for policy that transitions society toward a universal health care system.
“It’s important for suburbia to find its voice in this important debate on reforming health care,” Steve Brown, one of the organizers, said. “It’s equally important for those of us who feel that Medicare For All is a better way to deliver health care services to know we are not alone in traditionally conservative districts. We’re betting that there are more Medicare For All supporters living in the suburbs than people think.”
HR 676 would guarantee access to comprehensive, high-quality and affordable health care to everyone who needs it, regardless of employment, income or health status. According to Physicians for a National Health Program, “By replacing our nation’s fragmented patchwork of competing private insurance companies (with their wasteful administrative costs, profits and high executive salaries) with a nonprofit single-payer program, the nation would save more than $500 billion per year, enough to guarantee comprehensive health care to all, with no co-pays or deductibles.”
On July 8, similar events will be happening across the country to demand independence from privatized health care.
“Along with the rest of the industrialized world, we need to finally guarantee health care to all our citizens regardless of financial standing” said Laura Wiig Hoffman, a member of Our Revolution Senate District 17 and Our Revolution Texas Gulf Coast, and founder of Fort Bend Indivisible TX-22.
A recent report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found that Congressional District 22, represented by Republican Pete Olson, has the second-highest number of Affordable Care Act enrollees in Texas. Close to 40,000 residents in the district are in jeopardy of losing their health insurance if the AHCA becomes law. Olson voted for the AHCA, which repeals the ACA and would allegedly leave over 23 million Americans without health insurance. Republican senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are both in the 13-man group currently working on the AHCA companion bill in the Senate.
“This is a critical moment for us to move beyond partisanship and ideology to have a frank discussion about policies that will actually help American families. That’s why at this event you’ll primarily hear from families and neighbors with pre-existing conditions, as well as health care providers, about how these policies actually impact access to health care,” said Kay James of Fort Bend CAN.
Health screenings and information on the risk factors associated with chronic illness will be available at the event. For more information or to learn how to participate in the Medicare For All rally, contact Steve Brown at 832-330-4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Medicare For All, visit www.medicareforall.org/pages/HR676.