What you can do

Educate yourself - and your family, friends and colleagues

The need to to make health care more fair for everyone will not go away soon. Our fact sheets provide information and perspectives on the basic structural and moral issues around universal health care. Because this issue is so complex, and yes, at times overwhelming, it is important to be educated, and to dig deep. Open the hyperlinks provided throughout these resources to learn more, and read articles on these subjects in the media from trusted sources. Keep an open mind! The goal is universal, affordable, equitable care. Avoid ‘litmus tests’ around any specific proposal or piece of legislation.

Communicate with us

The materials on this website are living documents. We need your feedback to make them better. Please share with us suggestions for additional topics to cover or points to make, as well suggestions to improve the clarity of the writing. We want to learn about your experiences using these facts, data, and narratives in personal or public discussions. What in this material helped open the mind or heart of someone who was disinterested or opposed? What was missing that might have helped?

Communicate with others

How can you share what you learn?

  • Have conversations with your friends and family – after church, at PTA meetings, at the water cooler at work, during your neighborhood block party – especially with those who you think may feel differently than you.
  • Write letters to the editor or op-eds to your local paper or call in to your local radio station.
  • Attend local public forums, including candidate events, and ask tough questions.

Tough questions to ask – food for thought

Questions about American values:

  • Is American health care unfair? In what ways?
  • Should we care about, and how can we care for people in our communities?
  • How is the shared American value of liberty (freedom) relevant to health care?
  • How is the shared American value of justice (fairness) relevant to health care?
  • How is the shared American value of equality relevant to health care?
Questions about the uninsured and the underinsured:
  • Which sort of people, if any, deserve to be uninsured?
  • Which sort of people deserve to be underinsured, to have an insurance policy “in name only” that makes actual medical services unaffordable?
Questions about health care costs:
  • How do we make health care affordable to everyone? What does affordability mean?
  • How do we reduce the waste in health care that drive up costs?
  • How do we reduce the inefficiencies in health care that drive up costs?
  • How do we address the influence of corporate money – pharmaceutical, insurance, and medical devices – in our health care legislation?
Questions for elected officials and candidates:
  • Do you believe in universal health care for Americans? If not, who should be left out?
  • What was your position on the various Affordable Care Act repeal and replace bills that were voted on in 2017? Why?
  • Are you in favor of or against the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Why?
  • Are you in favor of Medicaid work requirements? Why or why not?
  • What “contributions” have you taken from the health care industry for your campaign?
Updated 6/1/2018