During each of the first six months of 2020, PNHP will focus on a specific, concrete “kitchen table” issue that requires fundamental reform (like single payer), not minor tweaks (like a public option). See below for materials related to this month’s issue, pandemics and public health emergencies, and scroll to the bottom for a list of future topics.
Public health emergencies (April 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the glaring inadequacies of U.S. health care, as the threat of medical bills deters low-income patients from seeking treatment, our profit-driven delivery system strains to accommodate a surge in demand, and millions stand to lose their employer-provided health coverage. It also shows how badly we need fundamental reform.
We encourage you to share the materials below with your colleagues, family members, friends, and neighbors during the month of April to remind them that public health emergencies like COVID-19 are a kitchen table issue…and that Medicare for All is a necessary part of the solution.
Complete public health emergencies toolkit
- One-page handout: Medicare for All and public health emergencies
- Comparison chart: Medicare for All vs. the status quo
- PowerPoint slides: Now more than ever we need single-payer Medicare for All (by PNHP-MO chair Dr. Ed Weisbart)
- PowerPoint slides: A case for improved and expanded Medicare for All (by PNHP NY Metro fellow and SNaHP leader Rachel Madley)
- Organizing toolkit: Telling your story
- Social media: Share on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
- Video: Dr. Phil Verhoef on COVID-19 and Medicare for All (coming soon)
- Newspaper outreach: Sample letters to the editor (coming soon)
- Radio outreach: Talk radio call-in scripts (coming soon)
- Podcast: Dr. David Himmelstein on our response to COVID-19 (coming soon)
- Webinar: Dr. Phil Verhoef on public health emergencies (coming soon)
If you need assistance with events or actions, contact the PNHP organizing team at email@example.com. For help with messaging materials, contact PNHP communications specialist Clare Fauke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to provide expertise or help develop materials for future Kitchen Table topics, please contact PNHP president-elect Dr. Susan Rogers at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for these topics throughout the first half of 2020: