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Join with National Nurses Union in telling Democratic Party to Put Medicare for All in 2016 Platform.




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Here's our petition to the DNC:

Given the fact that the U.S. spends 2.5 times the average of other industrialized countries, yet we don't provide healthcare to everyone; and that medical outcomes such as infant mortality and life expectancy, and equality of access, are much better in other countries; and that 58% of all Americans support Medicare for All, including 81% of Democrats, we hereby call upon the Democratic Party to adopt into the Platform of the Democratic Party the following language from the AFL-CIO resolution on healthcare adopted at their most recent convention:
 
"While making various changes would improve the ACA, the social insurance model, single-payer system, is our goal, and we will continue to fight for it. Health care is a fundamental human right and an important measure of social justice. Achieving universal health care will not come from mandating everyone to buy a health insurance policy from a private insurance company. Instead, we must build on the experience of Medicare, which shows that the most cost-effective and equitable way to provide quality care is through a single-payer system. 'Medicare for all' would require updating and expanding the program's benefits to fit the working population and children, as well as negotiating prices with physicians, providers, and with Pharmaceutical companies for medications that working families--and the country--can afford. Until we achieve a single-payer model at the national level states should be allowed to implement universal, publicly financed health care coverage on their own so long as that coverage is affordable and provides a full range of benefits, commensurate with the requirements that apply to all states under the ACA."

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