Agendas for recent national UHCAN calls
UHCAN hosts monthly national conference calls for state and national leaders from organizations working for health care justice. UHCAN invites speakers to make brief presentations and provide links to more information relevant to our work around health care issues and campaigns in the states and nationally. We aim to provide a big picture of what’s happening across the country, including in other social and economic justice movements.
National Call Agendas
The midterm elections are a big deal for health care activists … Women’s health care IS health care …. Drug cost fights getting even hotter
#MedOuttheVote, Birddogging for health care, Putting the “All” into Medicare for All, New York Health bill gathering steam
NOT A TIME FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL — Immigration, reproductive justice, labor rights, Supreme Court vacancy, Medicare for All, affordable medicines
Poor People’s Campaign, Defending against proposed Title X gag rule; Medicaid – The good and the bad news, Drive to privatize the VA, War as a health care issue …
Fighting for health equity …. White coats in the Poor Peoples’ Campaign … Challenging Pharma’s influence … State battles – California, Florida, Tennessee
Health care is part of every battle … gun violence … West Virginia teachers’ strike .. the double-edged politics of 2018 in the primaries and general election … Medicare for All
Maximizing advocacy in hot election year • Mobilizing to stop budget cuts • Where is fight going over high drug costs? • Oregon victory …
What does 2018 look like in the fight for health care justice? “Entitlement reform,” immigrant rights, reproductive justice, Poor People’s Campaign, Puerto Rico …
Tax bill fight is a health care fight … CVS/Aetna merger … Connections: Sexual harassment and restricting women’s access to health care …
What did the election tell us about health care politics? … Federal budget and tax cuts fights … Death by a thousand cuts
May 14, Poor People’s Campaign launch … June 22-24, Single Payer Strategy Conference … June 27-29, Affordable Medicines Now Conference … Racial Justice Report Card for medical schools published by WC4BL
… People and groups in all the different parts of our movement are not going to approach 2018 politics from the same place.
… in this alert, we commend a few articles to you that describe some of what’s going on underneath the headlines, “behind the curtain,” that can help us get a more complete picture of what’s driving the attacks on so many programs and human rights.
What is clear is that the attacks have already started, as has the resistance to the attacks, on health care access and affordability, on women’s access to reproductive health care, on immigrants’ access, and on Medicaid and Medicare.
Health care justice forces across the spectrum are organizing multiple initiatives and building broader coalitions to fight back against these attacks, join forces with other justice struggles, and try to push forward an affirmative agenda.
Lots of groups all over the country with assistance from lawyers and key public officials worked together very effectively to win this battle and we deserve to celebrate … What do we do after the celebration?
Up until very recently, there wasn’t much hope that these mergers might be stopped, but that is changing.
When insurers merge, consumers pay more. Premiums go up significantly, the networks are narrowed, and doctors are forced into assembly-line health care. The number of competitors clearly impacts how much consumers pay. Allowing five industry giants to become three, which is what these two sets of mergers will do, will be a horrible recipe for consumers.”
Working people at Verizon are on strike. After months of negotiations with Verizon, they are taking a stand to stop the company from sending jobs overseas and to get Verizon to end its continued intimidation of working people at Verizon who are trying to create a better future for themselves and their families.
There are two big reasons why UHCAN urges every part of the Health Care Justice movement to support the Verizon strikers
Every part of our health care justice movement as well as other justice movements, too, have stories about how Quentin Young impacted our lives and our work. Here are just a few of them …