H.R. 1384/S. 1129, the Medicare for All Act, would expand Medicare to include all Americans; thus the number of Americans who don't have health insurance would go down from 34 million to zero. You've no doubt heard that close to 70% of Americans support Medicare-for-All -- and that this number gets much closer to 50 once some of its putative supporters have trouble explaining how we're going to fund it. Here's all you need to know: Medicare projections have us spending $49 trillion on health care over the next decade, while even the right-wing Mercatus Center says Medicare-for-All will cost less than $33 trillion over that time, which means Medicare-for-All will be less expensive than our current system. Then we capture the lion's share of that $49 trillion, and fight through the inevitable right-wing propaganda campaign against it; I know, I make it sound easy, but we can make it a lot easier by continuing to step up, as both CREDO and Public Citizen both help you do.
Meanwhile, the House has passed H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, which would roll back the FCC's 2017 net neutrality repeal and reinstate the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order that established net neutrality as the law of the land. Net neutrality, as you know, is the principle that forces internet service-providing corporations to treat all network traffic neutrally -- without, for example, making websites load more quickly or slowly, or preventing websites from loading at all. The latter example basically describes censorship -- you don't like censorship, right? -- and the former example suggests the kind of internet we'd have if we let big money buy faster access for its junk news and junk culture. So net neutrality might make the big telecom corporations less "free," but it makes citizens more free -- to find alternate viewpoints, or be alternate viewpoints, on our internet. Hence Stop the FCC, Consumer Reports, and People for the American Way all help you tell your Senators to fight for real internet freedom by passing the Save the Internet Act.
In other news, our Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- which, under this Administration, seems like an evil alternate universe version of its former self -- plans to roll back the payday lender rules it instituted a few years ago. And not because those rules didn't go far enough, though that was a common complaint among many observers -- our Administration, as you know, considers any regulation evil if it might keep a corporation from acting badly; why, it's almost like they think bosses, and not good Americans, are their real constituents! Hence the Coalition on Human Needs helps you tell our CFPB to scuttle its own plans to roll back rules that help stop payday lenders from preying on customers. The rules they're trying to roll back would force payday lending corporations to establish if potential customers can pay back loans without being likely to descend into a spiral of debt; is that really so much to ask?
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell our FBI to stop targeting black protestors as "black identity extremists," then a consortium of good-government groups (including the ACLU, Demand Progress, and Defending Rights and Dissent) still helps you do that. If "black identity extremist" seems to you an awfully cumbersome phrase -- perhaps, even, so cumbersome as to preclude the possibility that it describes reality -- then, well, you're not alone. But smearing black protestors as part of some insidious larger evil is, sadly, a long-standing tradition in America, particularly in our FBI, whose original director, J. Edgar Hoover, once said that the Black Panthers "represent() the greatest threat to internal security of the country." He said that some 50 years ago, at the height of the Cold War -- and, not incidentally, after black protestors had helped spur our government to pass historic civil rights laws, how sad, that only racism seems to outduel anti-Communist hysteria in America.