Fighting for Single Payer in DC

coalition of the uninsured and underinsured for single payer

Following the lead of the US Conference of Mayors and over fifty state, country and city councils, all of which have passed resolutions in support of single-payer legislation, members of CUUSP met last week with representatives from Councilmember Vincent Gray’s office to request that the Councilmember introduce a similar resolution to be voted on by Council. This resolution would affirm the city’s commitment to upholding the human right to healthcare. While the representatives were willing to listen to the coalition’s ideas, they were skeptical that a large number of DC residents actually support single payer.

National polls show that about 65% of Americans support the idea of a universal, national health insurance system and CUUSP members suspect that number is similar, if not higher, in DC. The meeting with Council has reinvigorating our efforts to circulate our petition and gather endorsements from local organizations in support of the proposed resolution.

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