January 2019 Newsletter

There’s something magical about the first snowstorm of a new year. Outside, the elements can be dangerous – and time seems to stand still. But underneath the blanket of snow covering the earth, billions of microorganisms cultivate and regenerate the soil in preparation for spring. Thanks to the tireless efforts of activists across the country, our grassroots movement enters into 2019 boosted by strong popular support for Medicare for All.

Campaign Updates

Image: Reverend Annie Chambers (red hat) serves cake at the December HCHRMD in Douglass Homes

I’m very excited to announce the creation of our newest Healthcare is a Human Right Chapter, in Baltimore’s Douglass Homes community. Douglass Homes has been holding meetings over the last few months. They’ve got ambitious plans to fight for healthcare equality in 2019. Residents view health justice as a wide umbrella that includes a right to healthy homes, equal treatment in the emergency rooms, dental and vision care, support for mothers and babies – and so much more.

Our chapters across the state are entering into the new year with a bang, sending delegations to educate our Representatives in Congress on behalf of Marylanders who are ready for Medicare for All. We’re also gearing up for a new petition drive in February, working with the Greater Baltimore DSA, Our Revolution and National Nurses United to coordinate a series of canvassing trainings around February 9-13.

All of our work is member-driven. We rely on individual donations – even as low as a few dollars a month – to sustain our work. Your contribution goes directly towards meeting with congressional leaders in support of National Improved Medicare for All, towards educating Marylanders about single payer and training new leaders, and towards the growth of new initiatives like Douglass Homes.

All contributions are tax-deductible.  You can make a one-time donation or sign up as a monthly sustainer by clicking here. We accept credit cards and check payments.  We are grateful for your support!

Upcoming Meetings and Events

All Healthcare is a Human Right and Healthcare Now events are hosted at accessible locations unless noted otherwise.

Baltimore Healthcare Now Meeting
Thursday, January 17, 7:15 PM
Baltimore Episcopal Diocese, at the intersection of N Charles & University Parkway

March with us in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade!
Monday, January 21, 11:30 AM
Meet at the intersection of Dolphin & Eutaw. Dress warmly!

Medicare for All Week of Action, February 9-13

Baltimore Barnstorm
Saturday, February 9 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
First Unitarian Church Hall
1 W Hamilton Street (at N Charles), Baltimore, MD 21201

Join Healthcare Now, the Baltimore DSA and Healthcare is a Human Right for a local barnstorming event in conjunction with a national campaign organized by National Nurses United, Healthcare Now, and other national organizations, to generate support for HR-676, National Improved Medicare for All, single-payer healthcare. 

The barnstorming is a special organizer training and strategy summit to kick off a week or two of focused canvassing to mobilize support for Medicare for All in the Baltimore area, targeting the districts of Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (2nd), John Sarbanes (3rd), and Elijah Cummings (7th). Don’t worry if you've never canvassed before - we’ve got you covered! 

We will have a kid’s table and refreshments on site. Venue is accessible through a side door.

Columbia Barnstorm
Monday, February 11, 7:00 PM
Oakland Mills Meeting House
5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD 21044

Howard County Meeting
Tuesday, February 12, 7pm
6163 Devon Drive, Columbia, MD 21044
contact: [email protected]

Carroll County Meeting
Thursday, February 14, 7pm
Westminster Library small meeting room

Support Healthcare is a Human Right at Tino’s Bistro
8775 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD 21045
Reservations: 410-730-8466

10% of all food sales will go towards HCHR-MD.

Harm Reduction Advocacy Day
Tuesday, February 26, 9AM-4PM
Annapolis, MD

Join Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition and Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland for the second annual Harm Reduction Advocacy Day! Transportation options will be available. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided. The day will consist of an advocacy training, meetings with legislators and a rally. Contact Tricia at [email protected]with questions.

News Roundup

Prescription Drug Prices

An in-depth report by Bloomberg estimated that Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs) have driven up prices for prescription drugs for the consumer - and made billions off of Medicaid prescriptions alone in just one year.

Closer to home, North Baltimore’s Tuxedo Pharmacy announced its closure. Owners Harold and Arnold Davidov told reporters that PBMs were reimbursing them below the cost of prescriptions, forcing them to go out of business after 82 years of service.

Writing for the Washington Post Magazine, Tiffany Stanley examined insulin rationing by diabetics, focusing on the tragic death of 26 year-old Alec Raeshawn Smith and his family’s quest to hold drug manufacturers accountable for unaffordable insulin prices. Meanwhile, NBC News reported on a mother in Wisconsin who has been forced by the government shutdown to ration her insulin.

2019 Congress

For the first time in its history, the House of Representatives will hold hearings on Medicare for All. But first, the bill will be reintroduced in the new Congress. It is expected that Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) will release a new bill soon.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has also consented to hearings for a Medicare Expansion bill. Here’s our analysis on why the buy-in would be a setback for uninsured young people and a barrier against universal healthcare.

Medicare for All

Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland co-founder Dr. Margaret Flowers appeared on KAWL radio to answer questions about how Medicare for All will work.

But how will we pay for it? Jacobin posed questions about the financing of single payer to Robert Pollin of the University of Massachusetts. Coming from a different angle, Eric Levitz unpacked the role of fact-checkers in the media.

Support Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland

Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland relies on your donations to support our work. All contributions are tax-deductible and you can make a one-time donation or sign up as a monthly sustainer by clicking here. We accept credit cards and check payments.