Wednesday, 06 April 2016 00:00

Healthcare Human Rights

Written by Kurt Bateman

It is a moral outrage for a country as wealthy as ours to leave 60 million people with no reliable access to health care and tens of millions more with inadequate or overly expensive coverage. In addition, despite spending nearly twice as much as other developed nations on health care, our system performs poorly, because the private U.S. insurance bureaucracy soaks up as much as one-third of all the money and pharmaceutical interests overburden America by avoiding price competition.

Healthcare Human Rights is part of PDA's Fund Human Needs/Cut Pentagon Waste platform.  We work on the following issue:

  • Medicare for All (National)
  • State Single Payer

Healthcare Human Rights Statistics

  • Americans with no health insurance = 60 million (est)
  • Americans with no insurance with full ACA implementation = 30 million (est)
  • Almost 1 million Americans declare bankruptcy each year because of medical costs – 75% had health insurance
  • 60,000 preventable deaths occur each year for lack of medical care – with ACA the estimate will still be 30,000

Healthcare Facts

  • Even with ACA, many won’t be covered
  • Medicare doesn’t cover dental or vision
  • Mental health care is underfunded
  • Copays and deductibles are prohibitive
  • No medical control with HMO’s

Legislation Our Team Has Endorsed

  • HR 676 (Conyers - D-MI-13) Expanded and Improved Medicare for All
  • HR 1200 (McDermott - WA-07) American Health Security Act
  • S 1782 (Sanders - VT) American Health Security Act

Team Accomplishments

How You Can Get Involved

  • Join our Monthly Conference Call (3rd Tuesday)
  • Join our Google Group
  • Join our Facebook Group
  • Suggest Coalition Partners and Activities

Coalition Partners

Healthcare-NOW, National Nurses United, Physicians for National Health Program (PNHP), Healthcare 4 All PA, Public Citizen, Campaign for a Healthy California, Vermont Workers, Labor for Single Payer, IATSE Local 1, MassCare, Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), SPAN Ohio, Healthcare for All Colorado, Robin Hood Tax Campaign

Issue Team Leaders

Dr. Bill Honigman
Kurt Bateman
Robert Score, Recording Correspondence Secretary (IATSE Local 1)
Donna Smith, Executive Director, Healthcare for All Colorado and Healthcare for All Colorado Foundation
Benjamin Day, Director of Organizing, Healthcare-NOW! 
Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator, Labor for Single Payer

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