DSA nationally and locally plan action with allies to win health care battle

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National DSA and our local are mounting plans now to join allies and keep the pressure on Congress to defeat the attempt at massive wealth distribution from poor and working people to the rich that has taken the guise of “repeal and replace” health care reform.

 Here’s the word (sent June 30) from DSA National Director Maria Svart about national action with allies Thursday, July 6th

Senate Republicans are pushing hard for their so-called health care bill. Thousands of lives are on the line. And DSAers are fighting back.

DSA is partnering with Democracy Spring, Our Revolution, #AllOfUs, The People’s Consortium, and and a growing list of others to organize rapid-response nonviolent sit-ins Thursday, July 6th. We demand that Republican Senators vote NO on the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act (BRCA) before it comes to the floor. We’re organizing people in red states to resist this barbaric policy and stand up for better – single payer.

And you can help. We need to spread the word. Click here to join or support the sit-ins on Thursday, July 6th. And share the Facebook page with your friends!

Let’s send a message to the Republican Party that we will not stand by while our very health, our very lives, are put in jeopardy.

The BRCA isn’t health care, it’s wealth care. If passed, the Republican healthcare bill will take away health insurance from 22 million people and cut Medicaid by $772 billion over the next decade, slashing health services for up to thirty-four million children, eleven million disabled people, and seven million seniors, many of whom live in nursing homes. Why? To provide a 541 billion dollar tax break to the wealthy.

Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. As democratic socialists, we understand that. Our struggles are connected — we must all fight together. That’s why we’re working on two fronts – in California pressuring Assembly Speaker Rendon, the Democrat who killed the CA single payer bill, and in red states planning sit-ins against the federal bill. Even as we recognize the serious flaws of Obamacare and fight for the real solution — single-payer Medicare for All — we must do everything we can now to defend the tens of millions who will suffer if the Republican healthcare plan passes.

If ordinary people across our country rise up and demonstrate that this bill is morally unacceptable, if we put our own bodies and liberties on the line and embolden others to join us in the struggle, we have a real shot at stopping this bill from becoming law.
Get involved to support the nonviolent sit-ins.
Download DSA health care signs here. Print them out and take lots of pictures!
Or click here to donate and support this critical work.
In solidarity,
Maria Svart
DSA National Director
PS: You can find DSA National Political Statement and updates here. And thank you!

And the latest on plans from Metro DC DSA’s Health Care Working Group: from convener Aaron Marks:

Thank you to everyone who came out this week for our daily protests against the GOP’s ACA Repeal-and-Replace bill. It was a successful week for us. We managed to help delay the vote until after next week’s Congressional recess, and we also got some press coverage at the Human Shield rally!

 

Going forward, we are planning for a couple of actions to happen the week of July 9th, when members of Congress will be returning from recess. We will be having a meeting this Wednesday, July 5th at 6:30 PM to discuss planning and logisticsThe actions we will be planning are detailed below:

Candlelight Vigils:We are planning to hold candlelight vigils outside the houses of 4 swing-vote GOP senators: Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Shelley Moore Capito, and Lisa Murkowski. These are meant to demonstrate the murderous impact that repealing Obamacare would have on tens of millions of Americans. These would most likely occur on July 10th and 11th.

Airport Demonstration: We may go to DCA when those same senators are flying back into Washington to greet them and let them know we will not be taking any pressure off them.

Solidarity with the Sit-in:We are looking to provide material support to DSA chapters around the country as they participate in DSA’s National Health Care Sit-ins on July 6th. More information on this will be provided shortly.

We are also looking into putting on NLG-led trainings for more DSA-led sit-ins in the future

Further, we’d like to partner with as many other partner organizations as possible on these actions, so if any of you have contacts from other interested organizations, including those that you may have contacted previously regarding the Town Hall, please let me know at thorapm@gmail.com so we can get in touch with them.

 

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