Healthcare Action Alerts!

As most of you know transforming our broken and inhumane health care system is my #1 issue and for the first time in decades, we are holding public hearings on creating a single-payer system. The excellent bill being discussed is HR 1384 – The Medicare For All Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Jayapall and Dingle along with over 100 co-sponsors. Representative David Price is glaringly absent from this list. The budget committee will be holding a hearing, tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22nd on this bill. Rep. Price sits on this committee and needs to hear from his constituents about why he should support this bill. Please take a few minutes and call his office to ask him to support this bill, and also ask him why he has not signed on already!

Here are some talking points – HR 1383:

  • Covers all of our people from birth to transition
  • Expands services covered to include, dental, mental health, hearing, vision and others
  • Removes all cost barriers to care by eliminating premiums, co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance
  • Allows us to negotiate pharmaceutical prices
  • Offers a 5-year compensation/retraining period for any people displaced from their private insurance based jobs during this transition
  • Proposes targeted investments in traditionally underserved areas and populations

This is an exciting and visionary bill, and I hope you will take action and let Congressman Price know that you want him to not only support it but become a champion for it. The majority of Americans support a Medicare for All plan – it’s the politicians that are the problem!


NC lawmakers need to hear the stories of people impacted by the opioid crisis who are unable to access care. Chase Holleman is a social worker in Guilford County who visits people after they have survived an overdose. Hear what he has to say about how closing the coverage gap would dramatically impact the people he works with everyday. Then take two minutes to email Chase‚Äôs video to your NC representative.
Here is the link: Close the Gap
Closing the coverage gap can keep families together.

PDOC May General Meeting

Thursday May 23, 6:30 pm
OWASA Community Room, 400 Jones Ferry Rd., Carrboro

Join us as we meet with new OCDP chair and vice-chair Marilyn Carter and Jonah Garson to discuss riding the Progressive Wave into 2020!