Medicare for All Calculator

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  mc4allnm@gmail.com for more information.

Legislative Action Alerts

NM Legislative Action Alerts for 2019 from PDA Central New Mexico Chapter

Stay actively engaged with justice- and progressive-oriented legislation during the 2019 NM Legislative Session

The 2019 legislative session will soon be upon us, and we are getting ready for action!

Once again, PDA will be sending ACTION ALERTs on progressive legislation that is scheduled to be heard and debated in committees of the New Mexico Legislature.

These alerts will tell you how to contact your legislator and what to say when you do.

  • Each alert provides basic information about the legislation.
  • A quick link to open an email to each legislator on the committee that is considering the bill.
  • The legislator’s telephone number so you can call with your message.

Be a Citizen Activist and receive these easy-to-follow alerts. Sign up by:  emailing Paul Stokes at stokescorrales@mac.com with the subject “Add me to your action alert email list”. Please include your name in the body of the email.

REMINDER: Legislative session dates:

  • Legislation may be pre-filed  – December 17, 2018
  • Session begins – January 15, 2019
  • Deadline for introduction of legislation – February 14, 2019
  • Session ends – March 16, 2019

Together, we can make the changes that bring justice and well-being for all New Mexicans.

Education Not Deportation Advocacy Day

Thank you for having me today at La Red. Please forward this to the rest of the partners. Our Education Not Deportation Campaign seeks to increase our state’s investment in public education while reducing the investment in federal immigration enforcement.

Tuesday, February 19th a day full of experience-based learning at the state’s capitol. During the day we will visit legislators offices and advocate for the bills that are directly impacting our communities. For preparation participants will engage in advocacy activities and civic engagement training on Saturday, Feb 16th. We would love to invite you and your members to join us for this day.

To be part of our day long advocacy program register for this day please fill this registration form. If you cannot participate in our program but you would still like to help, make sure to be at the Rotunda at 2pm to catch our closing of the day with a visual of people power!

What: Education Not Deportation: The Rise
When: February 19
Registration
Facebook Event
If you have any questions you can contact me at this email or at 505 210 2966

Sincerely,
Felipe Rodriguez
Campaign Manager
NM Dream Team

PDACNM Newsletter, February 7, 2019

Read the Newsletter Here!

FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The following is taken from Wikipedia:

“Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from 2/1/1970 – 2/28/1970.
Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to ‘seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.'”

Hopes for the Future

By Judy Deutsch

At this troubled time it is easier to dream than it is to hope.

And my dream, as I’m sure is yours, is world peace with sufficient food, housing, Medical care, education and clothing for all the people on this earth, with sufficient care of the environment so that people and other animals can continue to live, and with fairness and dignity accorded to all people.

But I know that not all of that is going to happen in my lifetime, if ever. Actually, it sounds more like a fairy tale than an eventual possibility given the events of the last two years, especially the events of the last few weeks.

And so, what can I hope for?

Much of my hope depends upon the present and incoming Democratic members of our United States House of Representatives, and yet, that hope is diminished because much of the good that they may do will be overridden by the Senate and by President Trump, and by our United States Supreme Court and the many other federal courts whose justices President Trump has appointed.

Do I hope that our Representatives’ investigations will somehow lead to Trump’s impeachment and/or imprisonment? ?

Not really, even though I think that Trump deserves much worse, because I’m more afraid of what Pence would accomplish than what Trump will do. Actually, I’m beginning to wish that both men would just disappear from the earth.

But I do hope that enough Republican and Democratic members of the house will be able to work together with members of the Senate to make our immigration and criminalization policies and practices more humane and just, and to ensure that all United States residents will have quality health care at an affordable price.

Continue reading Hopes for the Future

PDACNM Newsletter, January 28, 2019

Read the Newsletter Here!

JOIN OUR PDACNM LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERTS

(You will make a difference just by taking a few minutes in a comfortable chair.)
We prioritize progressive bills that fit our issues and send out action alerts when those bills are to come up for votes in committee hearings. We include an explanation of the bills and the names and contact information of legislators to email or call. If you would like to participate in these action alerts, please contact Paul Stokesat (stokescorrales@mac.com).  Please do whatever you have time to do. Any effort goes a long way.

“Supply Bank” for Furloughed Federal Workers.

Please share through your networks

Josie Marrujo, a retire federal employee who personally knows how shutdowns hurt families, is working with our local AFL-CIO to provide a Food Bank and Supplies Bank for local working families.

WHEN: Saturday Feb. 16th at 10:00am

WHERE: AFL-CIO parking lot at 2300 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Suite 126, Albuquerque, NM 87106. (known as the Union Plaza)

DONATIONS TO BRING: Household supplies: toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, soap, feminine hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, pet food, etc. All those things families need beyond food.

Food for the families is coming from Roadrunner Foodbank, so let’s all help fill in with all the other needed supplies.

FMI or to donate money ahead of the event, contact Josie Marrujo at 505-615-9438.

Remember, even if the shutdown ends, these families have been without a paycheck for OVER A MONTH! Let’s all help our Sisters and Brothers who are federal employees and their families.