Help Us Tell AOC, We Need Medicare for All Now

Start: Monday, July 26, 2021 3:00 PM

To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Squad, Pramila Jayapal, House progressives, Bernie Sanders, and every member of Congress. Far too many who ran on Medicare for All are not FIGHTING for it as if our lives depend on it.

That's why we're holding a rally and action for Medicare for all at AOC's office in the Bronx this Monday.

People's Party Candidate Engagement Director, Paula Jean Swearengin, and People's Party Executive Director, Zeynab Day, who worked tirelessly to help elect AOC to Congress, will speak at her office. March for Medicare for All National Organizer and AOC constituent Shareef Snuggs, People's Party National Chair Nick Brana, and others will speak alongside them.

A public option doesn’t cut it and lowering the age of Medicare eligibility to 60 leaves millions of Americans without coverage. Healthcare is a human right and an age-based system is archaic and inhumane.

Insurance isn’t healthcare. Placating insurance companies who pour billions into election cycles and lobbying rather than keeping promises to the people is wrong.

That’s why we’re petitioning AOC, the Squad, and every member of Congress to act NOW. The petition will be delivered to AOC’s district office in the Bronx on Monday, July 26th at 3:00 p.m. where we will be gathering to rally for Medicare for All. Add your name to the petition here!

Our action will come on the heels of the March for Medicare for All, which numerous organizations and thousands of people have been organizing across the country to demand better healthcare. Yet, not a single representative in Congress has acknowledged their demands or agreed to speak and stand up for Medicare for All.

Our petition calls out their lack of action:

“You campaigned on Medicare for All. But you didn’t demand a floor vote on it when you had the power to leverage the Speaker vote. You didn’t demand that single-payer be included in the pandemic recovery bill.

You moved the introduction of the House bill till after the stimulus bill passed reducing your own leverage. You have never demanded that Biden use Section 1881A of the Social Security Act to expand Medicare to every American by executive action.”

As members of Congress, the government guarantees each of you the best healthcare in the world. But the rest of us are still suffering. We demand that you fight for Medicare for All like our lives depend on it because they do!

WE DEMAND:

1. We demand that you call on Biden to declare a pandemic public health emergency and expand Medicare to every American using Section 1881A of the Social Security Act.

2. We demand that you use every legislative tool available to pass Medicare for all in Congress, including withholding and leveraging your votes to demand single-payer as a condition for passing legislation.

3. We demand that you use your huge social media followings, ability to get press, and celebrity to organize direct actions for Medicare for all. Organize and join rallies at the White House and Congress demanding that they give Medicare to All.

4. We demand that you meet with us, your own constituents, people affected by our horrific health care system, and Medicare for all movement organizers, to plan and coordinate the above actions and a fearless new campaign for single-payer.

So many of these progressive candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ran on being activists fighting for change. It’s time for them to leverage that power to help call on the people to come out and pressure Congress to do the right thing for once.

Enough is enough. We’ve waited generations for healthcare, we aren’t waiting any longer.