Dear friends working for health care as a human right,
In all the sound and fury over the Supreme Court's health care ruling, the simple truth is being lost: We know how to provide affordable health care for every American. There is a proven solution -- improved "Medicare for All" (or single-payer health insurance). It's working in nation after nation around the world. It is the only fiscally responsible way out of the health care mess. And it's not unconstitutional.
When President Obama slammed the door in the face of single-payer health care advocates, and abandoned the "public option", it seemed that we were doomed to debating slight variations on the failing status quo. But in the wake of the Obamacare/Romneycare crackup, we have an incredible opportunity to reframe the health care debate by injecting a long-time advocate for Medicare-for-All (single-payer) into the presidential dialogue.
Jill Stein, a physician from Massachusetts, has just won 29 state primaries to secure the presidential nomination of the Green Party. She is a powerful voice for universal, affordable health care, and we need to make sure she is heard. Putting her on the ballot will also give millions of Americans the opportunity to go into the voting booth on November 6 and vote for a change in direction instead of more of the same.
But Dr. Stein needs our help. Thanks to an outpouring of support from across the nation, she is within striking distance of qualifying for federal matching funds. She only needs to raise $24,000 more by midnight on June 30. That's not much money in the big scheme of things. But it will make all the difference in making sure Jill Stein is on the ballot across the nation and can impact the health care debate this fall.
That's not much money to ask considering all the money we've spent trying to get Washington to listen to us. We can do it.
So I'm urging you do two things. First, go to Jill Stein's website, http://www.jillstein.org/donate, and make a generous donation to her campaign. Second, please forward this email to your friends and networks who care about solving our health care crisis. Spreading this message is critically important.
Dr. Stein will file for matching funds on July 1. Please forward this email and help put her over the top!
Thank you for helping us open up a new dialogue on health care.
Dr. Andy Coates, national president-elect, Physicians for a National Health Program
Katie Robbins, Healthcare-NOW! Board of Directors
Dr. Margaret Flowers, Physicians for a National Health Program
Mark Dunlea, Single Payer New York
Gloria Mattera, Physicians for a National Health Program
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June 27, 2012