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.

Progressive Democrats of America CNM Chapter newsletter 9/19/19


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 geolisafranzen@aol.com, Laura Stokes at stokescorrales@comcast.net, Paul Stokes at stokescorrales@mac.com

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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter – Sept. 3, 2019

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!

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May You Rest in Power and Peace, Mitch

On June 24th of this year the Democratic Party progressive community lost a much revered leader when our New Mexico Adelante Caucus Vice Chair Mitch Buszek departed the planet.  We miss him so much.

Mitch spent decades doing the nuts and bolts visionary work that real change requires, pioneering a path for progressives all over the country and lighting a fire in the belly of our New Mexico movement to build a more just and livable world for our people.  He set an example by boldly speaking truth to power when that was a very risky thing to do. He showed us how to fight the good fight in the right spirit and generously mentored new leaders to follow in his footsteps. The many roles in which he gave his all include service as a campaign manager and as a front lines community organizer. Wherever he went and whatever he did, his heartfelt humanity and passion for justice infused life into the room.  He was a devoted father and grandfather, a warm and forthright friend, a person you could trust, a beautiful human being who gave of himself unstintingly and in good faith.

In all ways from the personal to the political, Mitch bequeathed us something to aspire to in our own precious time on this planet.  Perhaps that was his greatest gift to those who come behind.  Let us honor his legacy by carrying it forward in these terrible times when the inhuman forces of greed are inflicting untold suffering on living beings everywhere.  At this pivotal historic moment, with our sustaining earth being despoiled beyond recall and our hard won democracy under threat, our work is cut out for us. The stakes couldn’t be higher.  As we gird up our loins to keep taking on Goliath, we are blessed to have Mitch as our intrepid inspiration and guide.

Thank you, Mitch.  Rest in power and peace, dear friend.  You will ever live on in our hearts, and in the work we do on behalf of generations to come.

Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter August 7, 2019 – No more” thoughts and prayers”


Moms Demand Action marches from White House to Capitol Hill after El Paso shooting


Joshua Bote, USA TODAY

“Gathered in Washington for a leadership conference called Gun Sense University, volunteers nationwide with Moms Demand Action mobilized on the last day. What was supposed to be a celebratory closing gala turned into a dire political moment upon hearing the news of the shootings at El Paso.”

“As chants of ‘El Paso’ and ‘Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go’ littered the air, protesters walked from the White House to Capitol Hill, eventually concluding the evening at Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.”

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Making America Ours Again

by Jerilyn Bowen

Every day we are reminded that our country–and our planet–is in peril.  We are bombarded with demented inflammatory Tweets from the usurper who occupies the White House amid reports of mass shootings and weather catastrophes; frightened children ripped from their parents and locked in cages; violence against minorities, women, and those of nonconforming gender; public schools in crisis; a rampant opiod epidemic; melting arctic ice and vanishing species; rising suicide rates; nuclear war hovering on the horizon and much more.  Perhaps the worst of it is the unholy food fight fomented by Republicans in Congress, the national body that is supposed to represent the interests of the people.  While Senate Majority Leader McConnell contrives to block any legislation that doesn’t increase the wealth and power of the 1% who own his party and the House dithers about impeachment under the myopic leadership of a corporate Democrat who lets Trump set the agenda, it feels as if the country is being precariously held together with chewing gum and duct tape.

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