Single Payer is not a partisan issue. 58% of people polled nationally are in favor of replacing Obamacare with a single payer healthcare system. Republican voters, often unknowingly, support many of the principles that characterize HR-676. Trump supporters who became qualified for Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act report high levels of satisfaction with Medicaid, suggesting that the reason why many Americans do not explicitly endorse a single payer system has less to do with any ideological dedication to market-based solutions, and more to do with the way in which we have all been taught to accept that there is no alternative to them.
There is a strong base of support in Maryland for health care as a human right. We are building the political power to make this a reality. Universal healthcare is not some untested new idea – every industrialized country in the world has it! It is time for the United States to catch up.
Our chapters across the state are actively organizing in their communities to educate the public about single payer, to pressure legislators to support HR-676, and to build coalitions with groups who are at the frontlines of human rights struggles in healthcare. The Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act made single payer a household issue in 2017. A majority of House Democrats now support HR-676, with three new cosponsors from Maryland signing on in 2017. With half of Maryland Reps now attached to the bill (Sarbanes, Brown, Raskin and Cummings), the remaining Democrats (Ruppersburger, Hoyer and Delaney) rebuff single payer as a solution that should be implemented at an ambiguous future date, showing that they can be pushed if enough people mobilize.
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