Friday, March 29, 2019

4/7/19 #CripTheVote Chat: Medicare For All

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat - Medicare For All - April 7, 2019 - 4 pm Pacific / 5 pm Mountain / 6 pm Central / 7 pm Eastern - Guest host: Matthew Cortland @mattbc -

#CripTheVote TwitterChat: Medicare For All
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 7 PM Eastern, 6 PM Central, 5 PM Mountain,  4 PM Pacific

Support for some kind of universal healthcare system has grown to the point where “Medicare For All” promises to be a major campaign issue in the upcoming 2020 Elections. What does this mean for people with disabilities? Joining us for this chat is Matthew Cortland, a disabled writer, lawyer, and public health nerd.

This is obviously a huge topic that provokes a lot of feeling and debate in the disability community. Our aim in this chat isn’t to decide which plans or strategies disabled people should support, or to pick which plans and candidates are good and bad. Instead, we hope to clarify the terms of the ongoing debate, map out the specific concerns of disabled people, and hear about people’s experiences attempting to discuss and advocate “Medicare For All” type proposals from a disability perspective.

Additional Links

“We read Democrats’ 9 plans for expanding health care. Here’s how they work. Sarah Kliff and Dylan Scott, March 20, 2019,

“Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’ expands long-term care benefits,” Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, March 8, 2019, Associated Press.

What does Medicare for All look like for people with disabilities?” Amanda Michelle Gomez, March 8, 2019, Think Progress

How to Participate

Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility and @mattbc. When it’s time for the chat, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here:

If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be Tweeted 5-6 minutes apart.

Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast:

Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat:

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc

Introduction and Chat Questions

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on #Medicare4All with guest host @mattbc. You can learn more about Matt’s work here: Here's an article featuring Matt about what #MedicareForAll looks like for people w/ disabilities:

Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”

Q1: Without getting into specific proposals, do you favor some kind of universal, (everyone eligible & included), government-funded health insurance? Why or why not?  #CripTheVote

Q2: What do you want from health care reform? What are your principles and top priorities?  What systemic failures do you want to see addressed? #CripTheVote

Q3: What are your main concerns about “Medicare For All” proposals, or other kinds of health care reform?  #CripTheVote

Q4: Looking back to the 2016 elections and up until now, how would you describe your experiences, as a disabled person, with universal healthcare advocates and candidates? #CripTheVote

Q5: What are some models of universal healthcare systems in other countries that are useful to look at in how they cover disabled people? #CripTheVote

Q6: What will you look for in 2020 Presidential and Congressional candidates in regard to health care proposals? #CripTheVote

Q7: What can the disability community do to influence “Medicare For All” plans and other health care proposals? #CripTheVote

Q8: How can we effectively support ambitious health insurance proposals and the candidates who support them, while making sure they address disability concerns? #CripTheVote

This concludes our #CripTheVote chat on #Medicare4All! Thank you to everyone for joining us today, especially our guest host @mattbc.

Keep the conversation going! A recap of this #CripTheVote chat will be up shortly and check out our blog for the latest: