February 23, 2018

1,000,000 Petitions Delivered to Congress for Single Payer

On February 15th, 2018, more than 1 million petition signatures in support of Medicare for All were delivered to our members of Congress! Specifically, the drop targeted 10 progressive Democratic Senators who have yet to join their 16 colleagues who have already cosponsored S. 1804, Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All bill: Ron Wyden (OR), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), Sherrod Brown (OH), Ben Cardin (MD), Michael Bennet (CO), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Bill Nelson (FL), and Richard Durbin (IL).

Signatures were collected by the joint efforts of Healthcare-NOW, CREDO Action, Our Revolution, Progressive Democrats of America, Daily Kos, Justice Democrats, and Public Citizen (who played a major role in pulling all these groups together).

As remarkable as the D.C. drop was, the follow-up by the grassroots has been even more powerful. Healthcare-NOW called for these petitions to be delivered not only in D.C. but also locally, in-person, by those best positioned to request cosponsorship: constituents. Throughout the month of February, many of these Senators (and even some Republican ones) received district visits from organized groups and individuals, who showed up with thousands of statewide signatures in hand. State single payer groups, along with NNU, PDA, and other progressive groups, deserve credit for this local organizing.

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Spring 2018 Petition Drops for Improved Medicare for All

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