Whatever the Court Decides Occupy Needs to Work for Improved Medicare for All
First Step: Drop Two Words “Over 65” and Make Medicare Available to Everyone in the United States
Tomorrow the Supreme Court will announce their decision on the federal health law.
No matter what they decide, we will be there with signs that say “Medicare for all NOW!”
If the Supreme Court finds the individual mandate, that part of the law that forces people to purchase private insurance or pay a penalty, unconstitutional, then we say that the fastest way to solve the health care crisis is to drop 2 words, “over 65,” from the Medicare law and expand Medicare to everyone. We can then take time to improve Medicare such as making it more comprehensive and removing out of pocket expenses.
In the days ahead, there will be groups from the left and the right using this opportunity to advance their own political agendas. We believe in the principles of I.C.U.
· that we focus on the issue Independent of political party,
· that we are Clear about what will or will not achieve universal health care
· and that we are Uncompromising in our position that every person in the country should have access to the same standard of high quality health care.
These goals cannot be achieved until we get Wall Street private insurance out of our health care system and create a single payer publicly-financed health system, Medicare for all, in which most of our health care dollars are used for, well, health care (not insurance company overhead and profit). We urge you not to confuse Medicare for all with Medicare for some (the Medicare buy-in supported by groups like MoveOn).
We have an opportunity to save lives in this country and end suffering by immediately extending Medicare to every person. We hope that you will stand in solidarity with us either in front of the Supreme Court or in your community. Remember the simplicity of “drop 2 words!” Expand Medicare to every person NOW.
Kevin Zeese is co-director of It's Our Economy, an organization that advocates for democratizing the economy. He's also an attorney who is one of the original organizers of the National Occupation of Washington, DC. He has been active in independent and third party political campaigns including for state legislative offices in Maryland, governor of California and U.S. president, where he served as press secretary and spokesperson for Ralph Nader in 2004. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006 and was the only person ever nominated by the Green Party, Libertarian Party and Populist Party.