A coalition of progressive advocacy groups representing nurses, physicians, and consumer advocates launched a campaign Thursday to pressure cities and towns across the U.S. to pass resolutions supporting Medicare for All.
“As more and more local governments pass resolutions supporting Medicare for All, we will show elected officials in Washington that the time has come to guarantee healthcare as a human right.”
—Diane May, Our Revolution
“By passing resolutions, local governments can help to shape the national public narrative and build political will needed to ultimately win guaranteed healthcare for everyone as a matter of right,” Melinda St. Louis, Medicare for All campaign director at Public Citizen, said in a statement.
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In just the past month, the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, all passed resolutions backing Medicare for All.
“We hope to see many more local governments pass these critical resolutions, because we are beyond tired of seeing patients in our communities—who are our neighbors, friends, and family—suffer and die unnecessarily in our broken, profit-driven system,” said Jean Ross, president of National Nurses United. “It’s time for leadership at all levels to do what’s right and strongly, publicly support Medicare for All.”
The local resolutions are non-binding, but Medicare for All campaigners said they are an important part of building grassroots momentum for a national single-payer system.
To help activists pressure their local representatives, the new campaign offers a step-by-step guide (pdf) to passing a Medicare for All resolution, sample resolution language, and an organizing toolkit.
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