Single-payer advocates release letter supporting Stein

Please forward!

Five leading advocates for Medicare for All today released a letter urging financial and other support for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. The letters writers were Dr. Andy Coates, Katie Robbins, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Mark Dunlea, and Gloria Mattera. 

The
 advocates released their support letter as candidate Stein, a physician
 from Massachusetts who first became nationally known as an
environmental health advocate, enters the final days of a push to qualify for federal matching funds. Stein has won 29 state primaries and has been declared the "presumptive nominee" of the Green Party by virtue of having won more than half the
delegates to the Green Party convention. In the next few days she must
reach fundraising goals in 7 additional states in order to qualify for
federal matching funds.

The text of the letter follows below:

URGENT!  PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!

Dear friends working for health care as a human right,

In all the sound and fury over the Supreme Court's health care ruling,  the simple truth is being lost:  We know how to provide affordable health care for every American.  There is a proven solution — improved
"Medicare for All" (or single-payer health insurance). It's working in
nation after nation around the world.  It is the only fiscally
responsible way out of the health care mess.  And it's not
unconstitutional.

When President Obama slammed the door in the
face of single-payer health care advocates, and abandoned the "public
option", it seemed that we were doomed to debating slight variations on
the failing status quo.  But in the wake of the Obamacare/Romneycare
crackup, we have an incredible opportunity to reframe the health care debate by injecting a long-time advocate for Medicare-for-All
(single-payer) into the presidential dialogue.

Jill Stein, a physician from Massachusetts, has just won 29 state primaries to secure the presidential nomination
of the Green Party.  She is a powerful voice for universal, affordable health care, and we need to make sure she is heard.  Putting her on the ballot will
also give millions of Americans the opportunity to go into the voting
booth on November 6 and vote for a change in direction instead of more
of the same.

But Dr. Stein needs our help. Thanks to an outpouring of support from across the nation, she is within striking distance of qualifying for federal matching funds. She only needs to raise $24,000 more by midnight on June 30.  That's
not much money in the big scheme of things.  But it will make all the
difference in making sure Jill Stein is on the ballot across the nation
and can impact the health care debate this fall.

That's not much money to ask considering all the money we've spent trying to get Washington to listen to us.  We can do it.

So I'm urging you do two things.  First, go to Jill Stein's website,  http://www.jillstein.org/donate, and make a generous donation to her campaign.  Second, please forward
this email to your friends and networks who care about solving our
health care crisis. Spreading this message is critically important.

Dr. Stein will file for matching funds on July 1.  Please forward this email and help put her over the top!

Thank you for helping us open up a new dialogue on health care.

Sincerely,

  Dr. Andy Coates, national president-elect, Physicians for a National Health Program
  Katie Robbins, Healthcare-NOW! Board of Directors
  Dr. Margaret Flowers, Physicians for a National Health Program
  Mark Dunlea, Single Payer New York
  Gloria Mattera, Physicians for a National Health Program
        * organizations for identification purposes only

PS: While all donations are valuable, Jill Stein especially needs donations from the following key states to help her reach the required $5000 per state threshold.  If you know
anyone in these states, please ask them to make a donation of up to
$250:   AZ, CO, CT, DC, FL, ME, MI, MO, NC, NM, OH, OR, SC, TN and VA — read all the nitty gritty details and updates here:http://www.jillstein.org/funding

Karen Young
karenyoung521@yahoo.com

Among other things, Karen is the Chair of the GPUS Fund Raising Committee.
Monte

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