The Medicare for All Calculator is a free, online, user-friendly tool based on a proposed financing plan for H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All bill in Congress. With this calculator,mfacalc.com, anyone can enter information anonymously about the number of people in the household with health insurance, their current income, a typical year’s health insurance premium and out of pocket health costs. Once this information is entered the calculator will determine the savings (in most cases) that HR 676 would provide if enacted.
H.R. 676 would expand Medicare to cover all Americans, regardless of age, income or disability. It eliminates ALL individual healthcare costs, premiums, co-pays and deductibles. It adds comprehensive healthcare coverage, including dental, vision, mental health, long-term care, prescription drugs and other benefits.
We are indebted to Kris Hardy, owner of Albuquerque Software for his role in developing the Medicare for All Calculator. And to Health Action New Mexico for their sponsorship.
A group of concerned citizens, many who are former healthcare providers and associates, have formed the Medicare for All Speakers Bureau. We have created a 30 minute Power Point presentation which compares single-payer health system myths vs facts, gives the pertinent points of the bill and a picture of the financial analysis done by Gerald Friedman, PhD., Economics Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, on how to pay for this bill if enacted, “Funding HR 676”, published in 2013.
If your group would like to schedule a presentation email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
by Jerilyn Bowen, 9/25/19
Decisions, decisions, decisions. On what grounds do we make them, individually and collectively? That’s a big question these days. Many considerations inevitably come into play but basically most decisions are determined by a dialectic between fear of X and faith in Y. Which prevails depends on the story we tell ourselves.
For a minor example: when Trump came to Rio Rancho in September, the story on the street was that holding a mass protest outside his rally would prove to be dangerous so best to attend the alternate gathering sponsored by the NM Democratic Party in a safe place far from Rio Rancho. No one talked about what we sacrificed in letting ourselves be intimidated out of showing up in large numbers to make our collective voice heard when the national media would be there to record and broadcast our message. No one asked what Martin Luther King might’ve been willing to risk that day in service to the cause of saving our democracy. In short, no one seemed to put the supposed dangers of an on-site protest in context of the larger narrative about what motivates us in our work for a more just and humane world…just X, no Y.
Continue reading What’s the Story?
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR RIGHT AS A CITIZEN
Would you like to join PDACNM for some citizen advocacy with the staff of your US senator or representative? Every month PDACNM sits down with these friendly folks to express concerns, show support, share information and create lasting relationships. We bring a letter each month from PDA national asking for support for specific legislation or to express our thanks for their support. These letters are delivered by PDA chapters throughout the country. We welcome your participation.
Let us know if you can join us. Lisa Franzen at email@example.com, Laura Stokes at firstname.lastname@example.org, Paul Stokes at email@example.com
PROGRESSIVES IN THE PARK – AUGUST 24, 2019
Progressives enjoyed an evening in the shade of North Domingo Baca Park with friends and family listening to progressive legislators and city council candidates. It was a friendly community get-together, sponsored by Adelante Progressive Caucus, Working Families Party and PDACNM, casual and intimate and relaxing for all. Here’s WFP Eric Griego with Democracy Dollars!