How to Defund the Police? Medicare For All.

Mental Health Emergencies

Police are called in to deal with mental health emergencies. Many police and defund-police advocates have pointed to this as an excellent first place to transform public safety. However, the question is who will pay for the far more expensive medical and long term case management of underprivileged people who are having mental health emergency?

Drug Addiction and Drug Overdoses

Police are called to deal with the fallout of drug addiction and drug overdoses, two issues that are clearly medical problems. Booking drug addicts and having them sweat it out in a jail cell is much cheaper than providing real and comprehensive treatment for the addiction. Who would pay for this far more expensive response to drug addiction and overdose? The answer is no one, unless we establish some sort of single payer system such as Medicare For All.

Gun Violence

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published an article that collected various evidence-based research papers suggesting strongly that gun violence ought to be seen as a major public health issue rather than a major criminal issue. The same way smoking or head injuries in football are public health issues.

Economic Development of All People

You and your family being healthy are prerequisites to you and your family going to school, starting a career, and building wealth. I am a university professor, and there is nothing more disruptive for any of my students’ progress education as a medical issue — their own or one of a family member. The priveledged students in my classes might have sick uncles or parents, but they are able to stay the course at school with only the stress of the anxiety and fear that an ill family member brings. The less priviledged students, often black or brown, that same sick family member — without insurance — becomes a life-changing crisis. Since they are one of the college-going members of their family, they are often the one with the most resources to help the family during this crisis. It leads to falling behind in class, lower grades, and leads to or contributes to dropouts.

How to Help

So how can you help get Medicare For All passed? Here’s a list:

  1. Donations — Support organizations with money that endorse Medicare For All — here’s a list. Withdraw support from organizations that do not explicitly support Medicare For All.
  2. Promote Medicare For All — Do what you can using placards, flyers, sharing periodically on social media. Explain to your family and friends why you support M4A and see it as a root solution to police brutality.
  3. Volunteering — volunteer for politicians that support Medicare For All. Withdraw support from politicians who will not explicitly endorse Medicare For All.
  4. Voting — Vote for politicians in PRIMARY ELECTIONS and GENERAL ELECTIONS who support Medicare For All. These are usually “Progressive Democrats”or “Justice Democrats” like AOC, Bernie Sanders, and many others. Here’s a list of 2020 Justice Democrat Candidates

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Braus

Braus

Educator, Founder, Engineer. Interested in Evidence Based Education and Solving BIG Problems.