Advocates for Healthcare Reform

I will sign a universal health-care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year - Barack Obama

Advocates for Healthcare Reform
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Covid-19 showed the US how it could make universal healthcare work

The US has always relied heavily on private insurance to cover its citizens.

As of 2019, roughly two thirds of Americans with healthcare (about 90% of the population) got it through a private company. The remaining third used public coverage like Medicare, Medicaid, and tax credits for private insurance through the Affordable Care Act. It’s not a perfect system by a long stretch: Even those with insurance encounter debilitating medical bills due to the exorbitant, variable costs of healthcare from provider to provider, and it misses a full 26 million people, who remain completely uninsured.

But the Covid-19 pandemic cracked the door for a new kind of federal involvement.…

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 Covid-19 showed the US how it could make universal healthcare work

Given the US’s tumultuous track record with increasing federal healthcare coverage (and the taxes needed to provide it), it’s unlikely that lawmakers would ever vote to apply the Covid-19 system for all Americans in normal times. Instead, changes along this line would be more gradual—like lowering the age for Medicare.

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United States of Care

The mission of United States of Care is to ensure that every single American has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of health status, social need, or income.

Health Care for America Now

Health Care for America Now (HCAN) brings together national and state grassroots organizations to fight for quality, affordable health care for everyone in America, to protect Medicare, Medicaid and the social safety net, and to make the rich and corporations pay their fair share of taxes to support the economy.

Partnership for America's Health Care Future

The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future’s (PAHCF) mission is to build on and improve what’s working, where private coverage, Medicare and Medicaid work together to expand access to coverage and care, and fix what’s not.

Universal Health Coverage Coalition

A coalition of leading health and development organizations is urging governments to accelerate universal health coverage so that everyone, everywhere, can access quality health services without financial hardship.


Healthcare-NOW! is a national coalition fighting to win healthcare as a human right through a single-payer healthcare system. We will win by building a social movement of patients, workers, providers, employers, and others who believe that access to healthcare is basic to human dignity, and we will overcome the power of the healthcare industry one community at a time.

Medicare For All

We're fighting for a health care system that would end health disparities, effectively control costs, and assure that everyone has equal access to care.

National Coalition on Health Care

To bring together key stakeholders in order to achieve an affordable, high-value health care system for patients and consumers, for employers and other payers, and for taxpayers.

Physicians for a National Health Program

The answer to our health care crisis is clear. We propose a publicly financed, non-profit single-payer national health program that would fully cover medical care for all Americans.

Single Payer Now

Single Payer Now is a grassroots advocacy group in California. We educate and organize activists to advocate for health care without the insurance industry.

Students for a National Health Program

We believe that a single publicly funded, privately delivered universal health care system is necessary for us to provide high quality care to all our patients

Alliance for Health Policy

The Alliance for Health Policy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping policymakers and the public better understand health policy, the root of the nation’s health care issues, and the trade-offs posed by various proposals for change. We believe a better health care system begins with a balanced exchange of evidence, experience, and multiple perspectives.

Community Catalyst

Community Catalyst’s mission is to build the power of people to create a health system rooted in race equity and health justice and a society where health is a right for all.

Doctors for America

A national movement of physicians and medical students mobilizing to ensure that everyone in America can get good health care and lead a healthy life.

Families USA

Families USA, a leading national, non-partisan voice for health care consumers, is dedicated to achieving high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. Our work is driven by and centered around four pillars: value, equity, coverage, and consumer experience. We view these focus areas — and the various issues unique to each area — as the cornerstones of America’s health care system.

HEAL California

HEAL California is about having a healthcare system that keeps us well while compassionately taking care of us when we’re not. This is far from what we have. When we most need help, we face endless paperwork, sky-high costs and a faceless, unresponsive non-system. Everything is way harder and more expensive than it needs to be. We need a simple, paperless, coordinated, affordable, transparent and accessible system.

National Nurses United

Win "healthcare justice, accessible, quality healthcare for all, as a human right."

Unions for Single Payer Health Care

Workers, our families and our unions are waging a difficult struggle to win or to keep good health care coverage.

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

To serve as a catalyst that engages residents and communities in shaping a democratic health system that provides universal access to quality, affordable, and equitable health care and promotes health in Connecticut. We believe that health care is a fundamental right and that our work is part of a broader movement for social and economic justice.

Vermont Health Care For All is the website of Vermont Health Care For All (VTHCA), a Vermont non-profit corporation (501(c) 3), established in 2003 with the purpose of educating the public about the advantages of a universal publicly financed health care system for Vermont.

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