In 2017, we saw a wave of resistance against Congressional healthcare rollbacks that would have eliminated health insurance coverage for more than 170,000 West Virginians. West Virginians took to the streets – and to Congressional offices with sit-ins and die-ins. Thanks to the sustained grassroots action around the country, the Republicans’ signature plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed.
Just this week hundreds of people came together at the Greenbrier where Congressional Republicans held their legislative retreat. We protested the Republicans’ renewed plans to cut healthcare in 2018.
We need more than just resistance – we need to elect people who are going to work for West Virginians, people who won’t rest until all of us have healthcare. We need to stand up for our vision – a Medicare for All universal healthcare system that covers everyone – and elect leaders who will fight for it.
It will take a revolution – our revolution – to get Medicare for All in this country. The insurance and drug companies are spending millions to fight it and to take away the health care we currently have. Drug companies alone spent $240 million on lobbying in 2016.
But the movement for Medicare for All is growing too. Medicare for All legislation has record numbers of co-sponsors in the House and the Senate. We’re going to be doing our part here in West Virginia in 2018 by putting pressure on candidates and making Medicare for All a major issue in Congressional elections.
Join the movement for Medicare for All in 2018:
Alex & Cathy
Alex Gallo, WV Citizen Action Group and Cathy Kunkle, Rise Up WV