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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Healthcare Justice Town Hall to be Held in Brownsville, Texas on July 27, 2019.

Brownsville, Texas. July 5, 2019 -- The Debs-Johnson-Douglass Institute along with Our Revolution Brownsville announced they will be hosting a Healthcare Justice Town Hall on July 27, 2019. The public will be invited to attend to share their stories about their struggles with lack of healthcare coverage.

There will be a panel of local leaders, community members, medical officials & local elects to discuss how the community deals with its lack of healthcare coverage. Other state and local elected officials are expected to attend and listen to their constituents.

The Town Hall will be at the Brownsville Public Library--Southmost Branch, 4320 Southmost Road at 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

The Debs-Johnson-Douglass Institute is the non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and cultural arm of the Labor Party. Named for labor champions Eugene V Debs. Mother Jones and Frederick Douglass, DJDI's mission is to assist in the establishment of a society in which equality of opportunity and citizenship is assured, through providing education using the fullest range of methods, curricula and delivery systems.

For more information contact Amanda Elise Salas at theamandaelise@gmail.com

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When a population lacks health insurance, some research has shown, the mortality rate increases by 3%. If true, and given that 25-27 million Americans lack insurance, this means around 800,000 people are going to pass away early. 800,000 people. Mothers and father, brothers and sisters, grandparents and children, spouses and friends. It’s a mind boggling number to think about, so let’s put it into human terms.

I have a friend who might die because they don’t have insurance. They have a series of ailments that likely will require surgery, or as the corporate bigwigs would call it “pre-existing conditions,” even though simply being alive is a pre-existing condition in waiting. They’re too sick to work, they have been told they can’t get health insurance if they can’t work, and the Far Right zealots are doing everything they can to destroy Medicaid, Medicare, the ACA, along with basic human decency.

Everyone has a healthcare horror story. It seems like no matter where you go or who you talk to, either we ourselves or someone we know is suffering.

We cannot afford to compromise on healthcare. There are somethings we can compromise on, like on deciding where to meet friends for lunch, but healthcare is not one of those things, because in those instances we’re not compromising on the “what” as much as we’re compromising the lives and livelihoods of millions.

Medicare for All, which Healthy Texas is a stepping stone towards, is an uncompromising solution for, of, and by the people. Our Revolution Texas, along with our many wonderful allies, are leading the charge to ensure no one compromises our healthcare future.

Always remember that lives are on the line. If we succeed with Healthy Texas and Medicare for All, people live. Our work is a matter of life and death for hundreds of thousands of people. There’s little work that’s as meaningful as that. Become a world changer, join the movement striving to save lives. Be the change.

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Updated: Apr 15

Summary of the Healthy Texas Act of 2019

When enacted, the Healthy Texas Act will guarantee that every resident of Texas will receive comprehensive healthcare services. It’s like Medicare for All. Individuals will have free choice of licensed health professionals and services. Covered benefits will include services to keep people healthy—mentally and physically— as well as those services that diagnose and treat diseases. In addition to emergency services, surgeries, and hospital stays, services such as home healthcare, day care and hospice are covered. Vision and dental care are also included. The Healthy Texas Act has been crafted to provide a single high standard of safe, therapeutic care for all Texas residents in a manner that is financially sustainable:

⛑ Choose any provider. No more surprise bills. No out-of-pocket costs for covered services.

⛑ Eliminates co-pays for Medicare Part B.

⛑ Lower prescription drug costs.

⛑ Regional planning to reduce overlap and duplication of expensive equipment and facilities.

⛑ Provider rates which will be negotiated to ensure access, cost control and high-value services.

⛑ The advances from the Affordable Care Act will be folded into the new system.

⛑ Huge cost-savings from reduced bureaucracy. No more insurance company runaround. No more bill collectors.

⛑ Diverse participants including ordinary citizens and representatives of labor and business, as well as various health care professionals and health policy experts, will advise and help design the Healthy Texas program.