Michael Rocha, MD  I support Medicare for all because health care is a right.

Michael Rocha, MD

I support Medicare for all because health care is a right.

Join us tonight, from 6:15pm to 7:45pm, our Healthcare Huddle hosts Michael Rocha, MD, cardiologist and community speaker on a wide variety of wellness and illness issues, in collaboration with Marching Forward will be on hand to speak briefly and answer your questions on healthcare as part of the Lown Institute's Right Care Action Week. He explains: "We need to explore ways to provide health equity. 20% of GDP is going to health care which is over 3 trillion dollars and we aren't getting the return on investment. People can't afford premiums, deductibles are going up, and we aren't getting healthier as a nation. We need to understand why. We need to do something about it. This is not about politics, this is not about profit, this is about people. This is about the people that I see as a doctor. We as physicians have an oath and an obligation to be part of the discussion on how to improve the health of our community and the health of our nation. Join me on Nov 8 for the conversation."

Join us for a discussion and exploration of Healthcare for All. What healthcare systems would you prefer to see implemented? 

Related Links:

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New Bedford Wellness Initiative Facebook page
Right Care Alliance Right Care Action Week  


democrats celebrate yesterday's victories

Democratic candidates and initiatives won across the country last night from the New Jersey and Virginia Governor races, to winning full control of government in Washington state, to Maine constituents voting to expand Medicare coverage overriding their Governor's almost decade-long veto of this expansion, to America's first transgender state (Virginia) lawmaker, and to winning several high profile and hotly contested mayoral races. 

Your phone calls, financial and social media support, postcards, and emails in support of the Democratic candidates and initiatives WORKED!  

The winning candidates represented a wide spectrum of the Democratic Party:  from progressive to conservative and many were first-time political candidates.

The losing Republican candidates professed support for Trump. The Republican who won the special election in Utah won by not aligning himself to Trump.   

Democratic candidates represented a wide spectrum from conservative to progressive, were a match for their constituents, and many of whom were new to the political process.  They campaigned tirelessly on issues which mattered to their voters - healthcare, equitable taxes, restoring economic security for the middle class, and our core belief that our country should provide representation and protection to all Americans regardless of how much money you earn, the hue of your skin, whatever church you choose, or not, to attend, and whomever you choose to love. 

Let's take today to celebrate.  

Image from the Boston Pops 4th of July celebration in 2016.

Image from the Boston Pops 4th of July celebration in 2016.

tomorrow, we work again to flip more elected offices blue

While there are several state special elections within the next week, the next focus is on the Alabama U.S. Senate race.  The website, Flippable, shows all the upcoming special elections at this link.   

Keep reading our Facebook page posts for information on how you can support your local candidates and issues as well as how to support candidates in other states.

Healthcare Huddle 

As a result of their last meeting and in response to the proposed tax bill in Congress, Marching Forward's Federal Budget and Tax Policy Huddle composed a letter to our elected officials. You can read the entire letter by clicking on this link.


Indivisible 2018: Connect * Affect * Elect Massachusetts Conference November 12, 2017 Worcester State University

Indivisible 2018: Connect * Affect * Elect
Massachusetts Conference November 12, 2017
Worcester State University


On November 12th, the Massachusetts arm of Indivisible holds a conference at the Worcester State University. 

As described on their website, "This conference is designed to help you up your activist game.  Coming one year after the disastrous election of 2016 and one year before the critical midterm election of 2018, this conference is focused on skills training, getting ready for the 2018 elections now, and how Massachusetts can enact policies in opposition to those of Trump. We are bringing together Indivisible members as well as those from allied groups to collaborate and network, as well as to teach practical activism skills."

To register, visit  https://www.indivisible-ma.org/registration


There will be a Healthcare Huddle on December 4th.  More details about this event will be posted on our calendar within the next few weeks.


In December we will host a meeting to review, discuss and form groups around three key strategic missions for 2018 Political Actions.  We plan to focus our energies and actions toward 2018 elections both locally, regionally and nationally.