PRESS RELEASE: The American Conservative Union Launches the Coalition Against Socialized Medicine (CASM)


Leading conservative and free market organizations speak out against radical policies aimed to turn America’s healthcare system into a socialist bureaucracy

ALEXANDRIA, VA, ‪June 6, 2019 –Today, the American Conservative Union (ACU) announced the formation of the Coalition Against Socialized Medicine (CASM). Made up of leading conservative and free market organizations including American Commitment, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Club for Growth, the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, FreedomWorks, Heritage Action for America, and the National Taxpayers Union, CASM’s mission is to educate the public and aggressively oppose all efforts to advance socialized medicine, and instead promote market-oriented initiatives that will spur even greater innovations and improvements to our American healthcare system. Ultimately, CASM hopes to preserve and enhance what works in American healthcare to save and improve lives.

Under the guise of innocuous-sounding and misleading names like “Medicare for All,” liberals are pursuing radical proposals that would completely abolish private health insurance plans – which currently cover over 250 million Americans – in an effort to impose socialized medicine schemes in the United States. Furthermore, the Medicare for All proposal – introduced by socialist Senator Bernie Sanders and endorsed by an alarming number of Democratic presidential candidates – would negatively affect the American economy, forcing ordinary taxpayers to foot the bill for unforeseen and uncalculated costs.

“Unthinkable even just a few years ago, a growing chorus of left-wing policymakers in Washington are now publicly promoting disastrous public policies like Medicare for All that would outlaw private insurance and subject all American patients to the types of ineffective socialized medicine systems that have plagued European and socialist countries for decades,” said Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union. “Duplicating the same failed policies of European and other countries would set horrible precedents that later administrations or majorities in Congress could use as the foundation to build a massive, government-run, single-payer system that would be forced upon all Americans,” he added.

Schlapp continued, saying “it is critical to America’s patients, taxpayers, and economy that Members of Congress stand up to prevent the further government takeover of America’s healthcare markets and join us in our efforts to defeat these radical proposals put forth by liberal Democrats. We urge you to join us in publicly and forcefully opposing misguided proposals such as Medicare for All that would take our nation down the road toward socialized medicine.”

Learn more about CASM and how to take action by visiting: Follow CASM on Twitter at @SayNo2SocialMed.

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