Medicare for All Means FREEDOM
Every one of us should be hounding Congress every day to demand single-payer universal healthcare, Medicare for All.
The reason's simple. In a word, FREEDOM.
Freedom from financial woes caused by medical bills crushing millions of American families.
Freedom to choose doctors without artificial "provider networks" shackling our choices.
Freedom to change jobs with full health coverage as a human right — and not at an employer's whim.
Freedom to earn your living without missing work because of untreated health issues.
Freedom for you and the children you love to enjoy the best of life. No more skimping on prescriptions and skipping doctor visits because they're unaffordable even with insurance.
Freedom to get chronic conditions handled completely with no questions asked — diabetes, asthma, you-name-it — so they don't worsen from lack of care.
Freedom to get eyeglasses, hearing aids, cavities filled and other health needs met. No out-of-pocket costs.
Freedom from paperwork and mind-numbing complexity. No more navigating all the gotchas and fine print.
Freedom from gut-wrenching uncertainty. Will this cost be covered? Will that one? If it's needed care, it's covered. You show a card, get treated, go home. Simple.
This is what freedom looks like in wealthy nations around the world — except in the US.
Now close your eyes, take a deep breath, let it out slow. Imagine what life will be like when all this comes true for you and your family. The weight off your shoulders. The exuberant feeling, an exhilarating sense of real freedom at last.
This is what freedom will look and feel like under single-payer Medicare for All — once we demand that Congress members stop depriving us of our freedom.
Call your Congress member today. Stand up at the next town hall. Do it again and again. Don't stop till your Congress member co-sponsors single-payer universal healthcare, Medicare for All. In the House, it's HR 1384; in the Senate, S.1129.
Freedom will be ours — but only if we demand it.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. —Frederick Douglass
Ira Dember is a Houston progressive activist, strategic communications expert, and founder of MedicareForAll.us.