Call to Action 7-22-17

“Every Body a Healthy Body – Medicare for All”

Transylvania Indivisible and Friends will rally in Brevard at the Courthouse on Main from 12:00 to 12:30 PM, Saturday, July 22.

When I was about 14 my mom said to me that often in life I would have to make a choice.  She said I have to choose between being right, or being effective.  Rarely could I choose to be both. I want our presence on Saturday to be effective. That means we must move towards achieving our goals.

Our goals:

  1. Attract positive media attention;
  2. Create allies from people who might not normally be;
  3. Make clear that it is not about right against left, but about right against wrong;
  4. Show our neighbors that there is an alternative to BCRA/AHCA
    1. Presenting the numbers, impacts, effects of BCRA/AHCA –
    2. Shine a light on the moral/ethical implications of those effects
    3. Add faces to the numbers
  5. Offering a positive alternative- single payer (Medicare for All)

We can’t meet our goals unless we attack the bankrupt ideas of BCRA and AHCA with the intent to communicate. The people who hold these ideas may be misguided or ignorant, but they are not evil. Ignorance is not a sin- we are all born that way- but choosing to remain that way is.

To achieve Goal 2, we must communicate with those neighbors; to to shine a little light into the darkness. Too much light, too quickly blinds not illuminates. Communication is a three-part experience- message sent, message received and messaged processed. If people are blinded by the light, their minds close and processing shuts down –  communication is short-circuited. Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to respond and communication becomes possible.

FOR THIS RALLY PLEASE AVOID USING THE WORD “TRUMP”- IT WILL ONLY INCITE RESISTANCE, NOT ALLIANCE.

I have also listed a few (OK- more than a few!) sign ideas to stimulate your own creative activity. TO REITERATE: IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE ATTACK IDEAS, NOT PEOPLE.

Starter Contextual Ideas for signs:

  • BCRA/AHCA leaves 23 million more uninsured over current law. Medicare for All leaves 0.
  • Under BCRA/AHCA an estimated 51 million people under age 65 will be uninsured in 2026; under Medicare for All, 0.
  • BCRA/AHCA allows means for insurers to call sexual assault, domestic violence, postpartum depression, pregnancy, and Caesarean sections as preexisting conditions. Medicare for All supports all of a woman’s health needs.
  • Young women of reproductive age will pay more for their insurance under BCRA/AHCA. Not under Medicare for All.
  • BCRA/AHCA eliminates birth control access and STD screenings for 390,000 low-income women. Medicare for All abandons 0.
  • BCRA/AHCA will drive 24 million people from Medicaid in 10 years. Medicare for All will abandon 0.
  • BCRA/AHCA abandons 73% of Medicaid’s beneficiaries: children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Medicare for All abandons 0.
  • Under BCRA/AHCA current Essential Health Benefits are a tool for leveraging increased profits. Under Medicare for All, Essential Health Benefits are standard. (They are: outpatient care; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services & chronic disease management; pediatric care including oral and vision care)
  • Under BCRA/AHCA annual or lifetime limits can be imposed. Under Medicare for All they cannot.
  • BCRA/AHCA allows insurers to deny coverage or set premiums too high for people to purchase coverage. Medicare for All denies 0.
  • Transylvania county’s average premium will rise $670 in 2018 under BCRA/AHCA
  • BCRA/AHCA premiums for elders can be 5 times higher than baseline. Medicare for All can’t.
  • Under current law, the premium for a typical low-income 21 year-old is $1,700 per year and remains there for all age bands. Under AHCA, it is $1,450 per year; $2,400 for a 40-year old; and rises to $14,600 per year for a 64-year old with the same income.
  • Under BCRA/AHCA two million fewer people will be covered through work in 2020; by 2026, that number will be seven million. Under Medicare for All, 0.
  • Under BCRA an additional 28,600 uninsured Americans will die each year from untreated medical conditions. Under Medicare for All, 0. (Annals of Internal Medicine, 27 JUNE 2017)
  • Under BCRA/AHCA 441,300 veterans would lose Medicaid coverage. Under Medicare for All, 0.
  • Under BCRA/AHCA 27,100 NC veterans would lose Medicaid. Under Medicare for All, 0.

Slogans or Sign Ideas.  Don’t use the word “Trump” – it rallies Trump supporters

  • “No” means “No”. Vote “No” to BCRA.
  • Women are a Blessing – Not a Pre-Existing Condition. Medicare for All.
  • A Fact is True Whether You Believe in It or Not. Medicare for All saves lives. That’s a Fact.
  • The Power of the People is Stronger than the People in Power. Call for Medicare for All.
  • Here’s My Pre-Existing Condition- [picture of a Mother and Newborn]
  • Have You Talked With the People? I Am the People. Medicare for All.
  • “When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • Health Care is a Human Right. Medicare for All.
  • Medicare For All: Everybody in, Nobody Out
  • Love It, Improve it. Medicare For All.
  • 129 Million Have Pre-Existing Conditions. 17 Million of Them Are Children. BCRA prices them out of the market. Medicare abandons no one.
  • Medicare for me
  • Medicare- Granny likes it, it must be good
  • Insurance, Yes. Medicare, please
  • Americans Prefer Medicare
  • Anyone burning their Medicare cards in protest?
  • Make mine Medicare
  • Medicare for All that choose it
  • No one wants out of Medicare, it must be good!
  • Medicare- a workable American solution
  • Medicare works? Why not let it work for All Americans
  • Medicare- our American Solution
  • I don’t see the protesters burning Medicare cards
  • Why Medicare? It Works!
  • Single Payer, Make Mine Medicare
  • Medicare is My Public Option
  • Who hates Medicare?
  • We have the solution, It’s Medicare
  • Grandpa trusts Medicare, I will too
  • Seniors refuse to give up Medicare. That says it all.
  • I hate Socialism except for Social Security and Medicare. What am I?
  • Medicare the American Healthcare Repair
  • Medicare is Social Healthcare Justice For All
  • I’ll give up Medicare when they pry my card from my cold dead hands
  • Do you really know what YOUR Insurance covers? With Medicare you do!
  • Don’t find out your Insurance is inadequate, after you are sick. Choose Medicare
  • What does your insurance cover? With Medicare you know.
  • Ever read your Health Insurance Policy? Ever Seen it?
  • Can you vote your Insurance Company out of Office?
  • My Other Car is a Health Insurance Payment
  • My Car Has Better Insurance Than I Do
  • My Death Panel is an HMO
  • Underinsured Baby on Board
  • Hate Socialism? Repeal Medicare!!
  • Sanctity of Life should not end at Birth! Support Healthcare Reform!
  • WWJD: Who Would Jesus Deny? (Healthcare Reform Now!)
  • My single prayer is single payer
  • The Public GOPtion: Don’t Get Sick
  • BCRA: Rest Uninsured America
  • Your Health Care Comes Off your Insurance Company’s Bottom Line
  • I’d Rather Have a Public Option Than Be Dead Right
  • Democrat: A Republican with a Pre-existing Condition
  • Democrat: A Republican Who Lost His Health Insurance
  • Before Jesus healed the leper…did He check his insurance coverage?
  • Public Option: Putting People Before Profit
  • ONLY Industrialized Nation without Universal Healthcare?
  • USA  Spends More Than ANY other Nation on Healthcare?
  • We Can’t Fix the Economy Until We Fix Health Care!
  • Healthcare Reform…Your Life Depends On It!
  • Jesus didn’t ask for a co-pay
  • Put health back in healthcare
  • Life is a pre-existing condition
  • What value does the insurance company add?
  • Doctors prescribe healthcare, insurance companies proscribe healthcare.
  • USA: Third World Country. No Universal Healthcare.
  • Health Insurance Profits Up 400%
  • Kill Healthcare! 30,000 Lobbyists Can’t Be Wrong!
  • Universal Health Care Is a Family Value
  • America’s Healthcare Is Like Shopping for an Ambulance
  • Government run military = #1 Private Health Care = #37
  • “Pass Healthcare – Or the Terrorists Win”
  • Public option not public optional.
  • No public option in health care means there is NO PUBLIC OPTION IN DEMOCRACY!
  • Health Insurance Premiums: its where 7 of your last 10 raises went
  • Take My High Premiums From My Cold, Dead Hands
  • Health care should be a right…not a privilege
  • Single Payer Is Pro-Life
  • Guns Don’t Kill People. Spreadsheets Do. Support Healthcare Reform.
  • Healthcare is for people, not for profit!
  • There’s always the Emergency Room… and Bankruptcy
  • Healthcare from Womb to Tomb!
  • Back Off! I have swine flu and can’t get meds!
  • Insurance + Illness = Bankruptcy: What’s wrong with this picture? FIX HEALTHCARE NOW!!
  • There is something that can make you better, but I can’t afford it