It’s #M4A May!

That’s right, we’re announcing “Medicare for All (M4A) May” here at CCI Action. I’m excited, and hope you’ll take action with us at some point (or several!) throughout the month. Why May and why now? Well, next Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders is reintroducing Medicare for All in the U.S. Senate. And as we still deal with the lingering effects of a global pandemic, it’s never been more clear that the health of ourselves and loved ones is dependent upon the health of our neighbors, communities, and country. So over the month of May we’re taking action to challenge the insurance and pharmaceutical industries and other corporate interests that profit from our current, broken healthcare system. We’re picking strategic fights to move us closer to Medicare for All. You’ll hear more over the next several weeks of how you can plug in, but to kick us off, I hope you’ll be able to: Join us for our Medicare for All...

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“Public Option” doesn’t guarantee healthcare for all

Cherie Mortice, CCI Action Fund Board President. Originally appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. What’s our biggest health care issue? Cost. Many of us worry whether we can afford to go to the doctor we like or get the care we need. And there’s numerous proposals by current Democratic candidates for President aimed at addressing that concern, but only one that truly gets to the heart of the problem. Proposed solutions like John Delaney’s “BetterCare,” or Pete Buttigieg’s “Medicare for All Who Want It,” or introducing a new public insurance plan alongside the for-profit insurers (the “public option”) may sound nice, but do not control costs. And it leaves open the door for private insurers to game the system by offering bare-bones plans to healthy individuals, further burdening our public system. Only an all-in system will truly control costs and address the insecurity we feel within our current system. In the name of political expediency, these...

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Our current healthcare system vs. Medicare for All

Michael McKinley, CCI Action and Our Revolution member The current state of American health care is one of pure, unmitigated fear. Most of us live in a constant panic, afraid we and our family will get sick—not so much for having access to good care, as for not being able to afford it. The privately-owned, for-profit health insurance industry is a predatory protection racket, and it is no exaggeration to say it is bankrupting and killing us. Ralph Nader calls the immensely profitable Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and Big Hospital monopolies the “Pay Up or Die” industry. Their purpose is to make money. They do this by taking in as much money from you as they can, while paying out as little as possible for your health care, shifting its high cost onto you. They reduce their payout by restricting the amount of care available to you, by erecting barriers to you seeking and receiving care when you need it, and by making you pay as much for it as possible if you succeed in...

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Profits out – improved Medicare for All now!

Iowa’s Medicaid is still in crisis, but we’re building a movement to end our failed Medicaid privatization disaster—and guarantee healthcare for all. Join us for an organizing meeting!

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Don’t default on the American people

We must stop governing crisis to crisis. We need to open the government, raise the debt ceiling and pass a budget that increases revenue and invests in America.

That's the message CCI Action members delivered to Representative Tom Latham and President Obama as the government shutdown drags on for a third week.

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