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Asheville March & Rally for Medicare for All

In solidarity with 56 March for Medicare For All events that happened across the country on Saturday, July 24th, we made history right here in Asheville! The Asheville March and Rally for Medicare For All began at 10 am with a march from Mission Hospital to the rally at Pack Square.

Mission’s owner, HCA, contributes to the largest anti-Medicare For All big money group in the country. We wanted them to know we’re fighting for people over profits.

These are the awesome organizations who sponsored this event:

Tell Congress: We need Medicare for All

Thanks to your calls and messages, the Medicare for All Act of 2021 was introduced with 112 original co-sponsors, representing more than half the Democratic caucus! In addition to the returning co-sponsors, the bill has earned the endorsement of several brand-new members of Congress, as well as some senior members who signed on for the first time.

What’s in the bill?

Like previous versions of the Medicare for All Act, this year’s bill closely mirrors PNHP’s Physicians’ Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care Reform. It would establish a national health program to cover everybody living in the U.S. for all medically necessary care, including hospitalization and doctor visits; dental, vision, hearing, mental health, and reproductive care, including abortion; long-term care services and supports; ambulatory services; and prescription drugs. Patients could visit the doctor or hospital of their choice, without co-pays or deductibles.

The program would pay independent and small group practice providers on a fee-for-service basis, and fund hospitals and other facilities with yearly global operating budgets, with separate funds for capital improvements. By eliminating the profiteering and waste of commercial insurance, Medicare for All would save $600 billion per year while expanding coverage to all.

What’s next?

The path to Medicare for All is clear. We must educate and organize a national grassroots movement, work closely with allies, and support the efforts of the 100+ chapters of PNHP and SNaHP.

HealthCare For All WNC is an Asheville, NC, group organizing for fundamental health care reform. We advocate a single-payer national health program – improved Medicare for All – that would provide universal coverage, comprehensive benefits, and zero cost sharing.

As citizens inside and outside the health care system, we are a chapter of PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Program), a member of NCM4A (North Carolina Medicare For All Coalition), and we support universal health care.