Colette Gelwicks

  • Fight for Medicare TODAY, so we can have Medicare for ALL TOMORROW!

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    Many proposals are being put forward on both sides of the aisle, some with better intentions than others. The Maryland for Guaranteed Healthcare campaign is just that - a campaign for guaranteed healthcare. With the strides the ACA has done to improve the healthcare system, there will still remain 30 million Americans uninsured, with many who have insurance still not having needed medical coverage and care. 

    In the immediate short-term, our advocacy has been concentrated heavily on preventing up to 23 million Americans from having their medical coverage taken away. Millions of people in our nation rely with their lives on services provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. We are demanding our elected officials such as Governor Hogan, Representative Andy Harris, and others to not only oppose ANY healthcare cuts for Maryland, as well as to take a leading position that everyone deserves healthcare and supporting policy solutions that make that goal a reality. By fighting for Medicare (and all federal programs of equal importance) today, we are retaining the system that will help us fight for Medicare for ALL, tomorrow.

    In her Letter to the Editor to Delmarva Now, Vice President of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus Whitney Palmer writes, 

    "Throughout the state, Marylanders have benefited from Medicaid expansion; conservative numbers state 291,000 individuals have gained coverage — and the majority live in rural areas. Our health care system has high administrative costs and the cost of care is set by profit motives. Insurance and pharmaceutical companies prioritize corporate profits over the health of Americans — and treat health care as a commodity.

    Health care is a human right and moral issue, not a commodity. Our goal should be to provide more and higher quality care to Americans, especially access to mental health services. We at Progressive Maryland believe that should take the form of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system. A single-payer system will result in savings of [hundreds of billions of dollars annually].

    When physicians can focus on people’s health instead of bureaucracy or creating a plan based on a person’s ability to pay, they can address health needs and prioritize prevention. Additionally, people will no longer declare bankruptcy because of medical bills. Fewer people will die.

    It is time for the United States to prioritize people over profits and join the rest of the world with Medicare for All."

    Please sign our Petition if you agree!



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    Take Action Anne Arundel County

    17264296_257764794673751_2715961262720390095_n.jpgWhat We Do
    The Anne Arundel County chapter of Progressive Maryland fights for social, racial, economic and environmental justice in Anne Arundel County and beyond. We support and encourage progressive candidates and legislation, we work to involve the people of our county in the legislative process, and we help the people of Anne Arundel County get their voices heard.

    Where We Meet
    We hold our meetings at 5:30 on the first Monday of each month at 49 West in Annapolis and then walk together to the Anne Arundel County Council meetings at 7:00 pm. During these meetings, we have a guest speaker or two and we also discuss any combination of the following:20170324_232441.jpg
    • Relevant issues of interest to our members
    • County and state legislation
    • Testimony requests and preparation
    • Parters/coalitions and their activities, events and requests
    • Internal structure and organization
    • Event planning and coordination
    • Progressive candidates to encourage and support


    Upcoming Events (click the name to RSVP):

    Monthly Meeting featuring Citizens' Climate Lobby

    Our guest speaker is Colie Young from CCL, whose motto is "Political Will for a Livable World." In their words:

    "Citizens’ Climate Lobby empowers people to experience breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. Our chapter is just one of hundreds of chapters across the world working to create the political will for a livable world. CCL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization.

    We are laser focused on a specific piece of legislation and a proven strategy to gain its passage. We are working for the passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend, the climate change solution economists and climate scientists alike say is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world."

    Note: Our meetings are normally first Monday of each month. Due to Labor Day and the timing of the County Council meeting, it will be Tuesday in September.

    Date: September 5th, 2017

    Time: 5:30-7:00

    Location: 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery

    49 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410.295.3225

    7:00 - ?
    Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

    We look forward to working together to support positive, progressive change in Anne Arundel County and Maryland. Join us on the first Monday of the month at 49 West in Annapolis, followed by the County Council meetings. You can also find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. See you there!

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