With the country once again debating the future of health care, activists rallied Tuesday in Albany, NY in support of a bill that would create a universal, publicly-financed health-insurance plan for all New Yorkers.
Rallygoer and Green Party candidate for Albany Mayor Dan Plaat believes having a state single-payer plan in place would have a positive impact on local economics. "It reminds me a lot of the anti-fracking movement. Each year the rally gets a little bit bigger. More partners are made and more people catch on to the necessity and the importance of this issue in getting this law passed, this piece of policy done."
The New York Health Act has passed twice in the Assembly, which expects to pass it again for the third year in a row. Assembly Health Committee Chair and bill sponsor Democrat Dick Gottfried says support for universal health care is growing with the public and in the state Senate, where it is co-sponsored by nearly half of all senators.Read more
Instead of tweaks for Obamacare, Greens urge big push for Medicare For All: Everybody in, nobody out, pay less, live longer
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders called on Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.-Ind.) to introduce a bill in the U.S. Senate for Single-Payer national health care (Medicare For All) and to drop the idea of legislation for a public option to be incorporated into the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Read more
Cleveland OH: The Green Party of Ohio has observed with interest the false "debate" that has occurred in Washington DC and in statehouses around the country.
We realize that the "Affordable Care Act", better known as Obamacare, is a flawed law that has never lived up to the promises the Democratic Party talked about during its passage.Read more
In the richest country in the world, healthcare should be a human right – not a privilege.
Congress failed to cut healthcare today, but they will try again. A majority of Americans AGREE. We must begin the final push to build an independent mass movement for free universal health care for all.
If we are serious about providing high-quality, affordable care as a right for all Americans, the only solution is a Medicare-for-all single-payer system.
Please sign our petition below if you agree.
Green Party Of Hawai'i Formally Endorses Legislative Bills To Establish Single Payer/Universal Healthcare In Hawai'i
HAWAII ISLAND, 15 February – One of the 10 Key Values of the Green Party of Hawai'i is single payer or universal healthcare for all. It is also uniformly supported by international Green Party organizations. The Green Party of Hawai'i gives its enthusiastic support and endorsement of SB1269 and HB129 as currently before the Hawai'i State Senate and House. In addition, the Green Party of Hawai'i is joining with other persons and groups seeking to promote state-based universal health care in Hawai'i and protect Hawai'i's independent healthcare planning agency, the Hawaii Health Authority, which the Ige administration and powerful legislators are trying to abolish.Read more
Upper Hudson Green Party Statement of Support for Workers on Strike at Momentive Performance Materials
Albany – The Upper Hudson Green Party (UHGP) stands in solidarity with the workers of IUE-CWA Local 81359 on strike at the Momentive Performance Materials (MPM) plant in Waterford, NY. Noting the absolute greed of Leon Black, billionaire chair of Apollo Global Management – which controls MPM – in refusing to negotiate in good faith and instead hiring inexperienced scab workers who have presided over deadly chemical spills every 2.6 days, the UHGP called for a fair contract for the IUE-CWA workers. UHGP officers also noted the power of collective action and class struggle by workers and community members fighting against the corrosive effects of inequality and environmental assaults in late capitalist society, and the need to pass pro-labor legislation and radically transform society.Read more
Every year, on the third Monday in January, the world pauses to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King – a champion of social justice, democracy, and nonviolence.
As Greens, we wholeheartedly endorse and support Dr. King’s message, and if ever there a time when we needed his message to ring out across our nation, now is the time. Why?Read more
Green Party: Republican plan to repeal Obamacare should spark a new public demand for Single-Payer health care
Greens will participate in Health Care Justice demo at Trump Tower in NYC on Jan. 13 and Occupy Inauguration events in DC on Jan. 20 and 21
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders said that the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid should motivate Americans to demand Single-Payer national health care ("Medicare For All").Read more
An Open Letter to Bernie Supporters from the Honorary Co-chairs of the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention
We want to congratulate you on the work that you have done to support Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president. You self-organized to phone bank and reached 75 million voters. You created a social media machine that overcame the commercial media’s attempts to ignore the campaign. You created cool swag, wrote songs and cooked ‘Feel the Bern’ hot sauce. You painted your cars, your houses and giant murals with the words and likeness of Bernie. It was amazing.
And it worked. Senator Sanders made it farther in the Democratic Presidential nomination process, a primary system designed to stop progressives, than any other insurgent candidate ever has in the party. You showed that candidates don’t need donations from the wealthy and corporate lobbyists. You showed that millennials in this country care deeply about their future. And because of your work, Bernie had a national platform to talk about wealth inequality and critical issues like the need for a single payer health care system and free higher education.
Now that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee, the forces in Washington, DC are lining up to support her. In his statement on June 16, Bernie said that he would shift his focus to defeating Donald Trump and working with Clinton to reform the Democratic Party.
It will be no surprise to you that we are skeptical that Clinton, the candidate of war, Wall Street and Walmart, will be open to the agenda that Sanders is promoting.
You have choices. You can try to reform the Democratic Party as others have tried to do for decades through Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition, Howard Dean’s Democracy for America and Dennis Kucinich’s Progressive Democrats of America or you can leave it.
We invite you to consider the Green Party. The Green Party platform, which has been and continues to be shaped through a grassroots democratic process for twenty years, is in line with the values of the Sanders campaign. In some ways, it goes beyond Sanders’ platform.
The Green Party platform is based on four pillars: Nonviolence, Social Justice, Sustainability and Grassroots Democracy, and reflects our ten key values. Read them here. And we practice what we preach. This year the Youth Caucus of the Green Party, known as the ‘Young Greens’, wrote an amendment to the platform that makes it specifically anti-capitalist and eco-socialist. That amendment, with the support of state chapters and individuals, was passed by the National Committee and will be presented for final approval at the Presidential Nominating Convention (PNC) this August.
As co-chairs of the PNC that takes place during the Annual Meeting, we want you to know that there is room for you in the Green Party. We welcome your ideas, participation and leadership. Perhaps you’ll even consider running for office.
We invite you to attend the Annual Meeting and PNC in Houston this August. At the meeting we’ll have workshops on Green policy and issues, how to build the Green Party and more. We’ll select our presidential candidate, network with Greens from other countries at the International reception Thursday, show our talents at an open mic night Friday, and after our candidate is confirmed we’ll celebrate with a Party for the Revolution.
We can also help you get involved at the state or local level. Fill out the form below if you are interested. The Green Party is largely made up of people who care deeply about critical issues facing us today. We are activists for economic, racial and environmental justice. We work to end wars and create positive alternatives in our communities. We have a plan to confront the urgent crisis of climate change. Greens are running at all levels of government and more than 150 are runningin this election year.
For the last two decades, Greens in the US have been quietly building the national infrastructure for a party that aligns in its values with the growing social justice movement. As more people leave the major parties because of their ties to the wealth interests that have created many of the crises we face and their steady march to the right, the Greens are well-positioned to continue the political revolution that has begun.
As Honorary PNC Co-Chairs, we invite you to continue to build on the opportunities that exist in this political moment. Together, let’s halt the damage that is being done to our communities and others around the world and create a world that works for all of us.
Margaret Flowers, MD
Do you want to fight back against attacks on healthcare? Then join the Green Party of New York State and healthcare activists across the country at the health care justice demonstration at Trump Tower on January 13th. This demonstration is critical. The National Single Payer Health Care Strategy conference is taking place in NYC just as Trump is preparing to take office and has vowed to take on health care as one of his top priorities. So join us as we will gather outside of Trump Tower to put forth a positive vision for health care justice, and to fight for Single Payer health care.Read more