Maureen McCarron

  • wants to volunteer 2022-05-23 20:17:34 -0400

    Write a Letter for Universal Healthcare

    As our lives are upended by this pandemic, one thing is clear: our healthcare system is failing to protect us. Coronavirus is laying bare the deep inequities of the current system: working-class people have struggled to access testing and Black, Indigenous, and communities of color face higher rates of death. Millions have lost their jobs and insurance, just when many of us will need it most. Because we lack a safety net, we face deep economic insecurity as our lives are upended. 

    We want to do everything we can to be stronger on the other side of this crisis than when we went into it. One way we can do this is by building public consensus that universal, single-payer healthcare must be a central part of the recovery from the pandemic.

    One of the most effective ways to communicate about the need to transform the healthcare system is by writing and submitting letters to the editor of our local media. Letters allow us to reach a wide audience, educate our communities, and inspire others to join the movement for healthcare for all. We also know that elected officials watch closely when their name is in print. With letters, we can let them know what we want them to do.

    Many letters in support of The New York Health Act and Medicare for All have already been published! Let's keep them coming!

    Here is a list of regional print and online news sources that accept submissions from readers and here are some tips for writing your letter from Dr. Sunny Aslam of the Physicians for a National Health Program Syracuse chapter. 

    Sign up below to get resources for writing and submitting a letter to the editor of your local paper. 
    A team of volunteers is available to help you with drafting, talking points, and sample letters.

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  • wants to volunteer 2021-06-01 08:24:07 -0400

    Build the movement to WIN guaranteed healthcare for all of us!

    We are at a critical point in the campaign for the NY Health Act (A6058/S5474) – universal, guaranteed healthcare!

    Healthcare costs are hurting everyone as more and more people struggle to get the care they need. This pandemic is affecting people in many different ways.

    In the face of this crisis, we want to keep organizing for the healthcare we need. 


    The NY Health Act is the only plan that will cover everyone and guarantee high quality coverage – including long-term care – at a price we can all afford. To learn more about the NY Health Act, visit nyhcampaign.org/learn

    While the opposition is powerful, we have the people on our side. That's why we need you to pledge to build the movement in New York State at this critical time. We can do this!
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  • commented on Share Your Healthcare Story 2021-06-01 08:20:15 -0400
    My story is about healthcare coverage success! More than 40 years ago, at age 25, I was diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes (T1D). I was just finishing up a masters degree and about to move to a new city, for a new job. Fortunately, that job included excellent, employer-sponsored healthcare. Over the next 40 years I was able to access regular healthcare for both myself and my family, when we needed it and at a price we could afford. This included state-of-the-art diabetes care, including insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring, despite the rising cost of insulin during this same period. As a result, in the past 40 years, I have never been hospitalized (except to deliver 2 babies, with no complications) have never missed work, and have no complications from diabetes. I believe my health is directly connected to my health insurance benefits.

    As a health provider myself, I have treated too many patients who, like me have T1D but who did not have regular acccess to the treatment they needed and who have suffered severe complications, costing themselves, their families and our communities incalculably. By the time I saw them, these persons were institutionalized, at many times the cost of good community out-patient care.

    I urge our elected state representatives to support universal healthcare for all New Yorkers now.

    Share Your Healthcare Story

    In the face of the ongoing public health crisis, we must keep organizing for the healthcare we need.

    A central piece of the Campaign for NY Health strategy to win healthcare for all is uplifting the voices and leadership of New Yorkers who have been hurt by the existing pay-or-die healthcare system. Please share your healthcare story, and we will followup with you about ways to be more involved in the fight for guaranteed universal healthcare.

    • Did you or a loved get COVID? What happened? 
    • Has there been a time when you or a loved one needed healthcare but weren’t able to get it? Why? What happened? 
    • Are you a healthcare worker who has seen patients delay care due to cost or insurance barriers?  
    • Are you concerned about losing your union health benefits due to job loss or privatization?
    • Have you lost a job that provided you or your family with insurance coverage? 
    • Are you struggling with the high cost of medical bills or medical debt?

    Thank you for being part of the movement to win healthcare for all. 

    Share Your Story