Medicare’s 50th anniversary on July 30th gives us a special opportunity to coordinate our activities to advance the single-payer cause.
We’d love to hear how you or your chapter plan to mark the Medicare’s anniversary and to advocate for single payer during this period. Let us know about what your plans are by using this form.
Already, PNHP chapters across the country have been making plans for “Medicare birthday parties,” delegations to lawmakers’ offices in support of H.R. 676, Rep. John Conyers’ Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, community forums, rallies and marches at the end of July and early August. Healthcare-Now, National Nurses United, Public Citizen, and other allied groups are coordinating these events with PNHP chapters across the country, and we’re encouraging all chapters to reach out to our allies to coordinate any events that they are planning.
In addition, each year many PNHP members write op-eds and letters to the editor on the occasion of Medicare’s anniversary. Here are some resources to help you write your op-ed:
- Talking points for the 50th anniversary
- A brief review of the program’s history and financing prospects by Dr. Ida Hellander
- The case for an improved Medicare for All
- If you’d like editorial assistance for writing an opinion piece, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a national level, PNHP is also aiming to participate in a call-in day to federal lawmakers around H.R. 676 near the end of July and a Medicare anniversary event with Rep. Conyers in Washington, D.C., around the same time.