Campaign for New York Health- Health Care for All of Us
January 23, 2017
With national news media focused on Congress and the incoming administration, relatively little attention is paid to local and state politics. But this is EXACTLY where our organizing can make the biggest difference. Face-to-face, one-on-one outreach in our communities is what is needed to build the power we need to pass the New York Health Act — and to create a more just, participatory, and humane society.
It’s up to us to make sure folks in our networks are aware that in New York State, we CAN guarantee healthcare to all. It’s up to us to make sure our friends and neighbors know who makes decisions on their behalf in Albany. With Republicans in Congress set on destroying the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid, it’s a critical time to invite our communities to join us in taking action for healthcare as a human right. Because we have a solution! Opinion polls show that universal healthcare is overwhelmingly popular. Now, it’s just a matter of building a movement strong enough to make the New York State legislature recognize our right to healthcare by passing and implementing the New York Health Act.
Please help spread the word about the following opportunities to join the fight for healthcare for all:
- Statewide New York Health Senate Call-In Day – Friday January 27
We are calling on key State Senators to urge them to sponsor the New York Health Act this session. Please plan to call your Senator and also Senator Jeff Klein, head of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC). The IDC announced their intention to work with the Senate Republicans in this legislative session. On Jan 27, we must tell Jeff Klein that New Yorkers need all IDC members to sponsor New York Health and stand up for healthcare access for all New Yorkers. Here is the event on Facebook – please share and invite your friends!
- Visit the Campaign for New York Health website to Volunteer
There are many ways to participate, from volunteering with our Businesses for New York Health effort to helping with phone calls…in the coming days, keep an eye out for information about upcoming “Healthcare Conversations” community canvassing. We are also looking for outreach tablers, letter writers, and more. If you have questions, please contact Ursula@nyhcampaign.org Check out the materials available to print from the Campaign for New York Health Organizing Resources page, especially if you plan on attending local community events in the coming days.
- Tell Your Story and Invite Friends and Family to Tell Theirs.
Over 2 millions New Yorkers are uninsured and underinsured. That number could go up to 4 million if the ACA is repealed. Too many of us can’t get the healthcare we need because copays, premiums, and deductibles are just too high. The only way to change things is for those of us who don’t have adequate healthcare to speak out. Tell your story on the New York Health website, by calling (315) 414-7720, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donate to the Campaign for New York Health Organizing takes people power and financial resources. Kick-in what you can help make sure we can have organizing materials available to grassroots activists, especially in Senate districts across Upstate New York.
Thank you for being a part of this movement! Please be in touch with questions, ideas for outreach, to organize a speaker to your group about the New York Health Act, and if your group would like to endorse the Campaign to pass New York Health.
Upstate Campaign Coordinator, Campaign for New York Health