Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland (HCHR-MD) is a nonpartisan, volunteer-led organization, with seven chapters representing seven Maryland counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. Our vision: a single payer healthcare system as laid out in HR-676, a House bill called the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.
Prior to 2011, efforts to achieve single payer at a state level in Maryland were led by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). HCHR-MD was founded in 2011 after it became clear that a grassroots, rights-focused campaign was required to educate and mobilize Marylanders about the issue. In 2014, HCHR-MD produced a report based on interviews with 900 people about healthcare in Maryland, with the finding that most people in our state believe that healthcare should be guaranteed to everyone as a right. In 2017, we made the organizational decision to focus our efforts on HR-676 as the best representation of our shared vision for a universal, single-payer healthcare system that provides comprehensive care for every person living in the United States as a human right.
Our campaign is guided by five human rights principles:
Human rights must be afforded to everyone, without exception. It is by virtue of being human, alone, that every person is entitled to human rights. Even with the Affordable Care Act, almost 400k Marylanders remain uninsured.
Fair and equal access where everybody can afford the same high-quality care.
It is not enough merely to recognize healthcare as a public good. There must be means of holding the healthcare system accountable for failing to meet human rights standards.
Government must be open with regard to information and decision-making processes People must be able to know how public institutions needed to protect quality access to healthcare are managed and run.
Government must engage people and support their participation in decisions about how their health care system is shaped and supported.