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Since 1987, Physicians for a National Health Program has advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. A large part of our work involves educating health professionals, and others, about the benefits of a single-payer system - including fewer administrative costs and providing comprehensive health insurance for all residents of the United States.
PNHPWW August 21st Meeting
Dr. Lindo led the discussion on the intersection of race, immigration, and other social determinants of health with our current healthcare system and how a Medicare for All system could help address some of these issues.
The UW chapter of Students for a National Health Program sponsored the very well attended event held in a UW Med School campus lecture hall. It was co-sponsored by PNHPWW and served as our regular February Monthly Meeting.
You can watch the meeting on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/6oCPz9HlS_w
Congress Member Pramila Jayapal introduces HR 1384
the new and improved Medicare for All legislation
Pramila Jayapal, WA CD 7, announced the long-awaited new and improved Medicare for All legislation at a press conference in Washington DC on February 27th. Other speakers included Adam Gaffney, President of PNHP (pictured) and others representing other orgnizations who had input on the bill.
You can watch the press conference here. Rep. Jayapal speaks for the first 10 minutes and Adam Gaffney at the 49-52 minute mark.
You can download the whole HR 1384 here
The bill has been refered to several committees, but is expected to have a hearing in the House Rules Committee by the end of March.
“Winning Universal Health Care:
Federal, State and Local Action”
The Health Care is a Human Right - WA Coalition sponsored an important public forum on Saturday, Jan 26th, titled “Winning Universal Health Care - Federal, State and Local Action.” The forum looked at ways to move health care reform forward in 2019 and beyond. The panel was composed of lead sponsors of universal health care legislation at all levels. US Representative Pramila Jayapal, lead sponsor of Medicare for All was unable to attend due to the gov't shutdown but addressed us by video from DC. State Rep. Nicole Macri, State Sens. Bob Hasegawa, Joe Nguyen and David Frockt, lead sponsors of state legislation, Rod Dembowski, King County Council Chair, and Seattle Council Member Teresa Mosqueda participated. It was held the at the El Centro de la RazaCommunity Center on Beacon Hill.
The meeting was lively and very well attended. Video was recorded so that watch the whole forum on our PNHPWW YouTube channel at - https://youtu.be/IlRjktDllmQ
PNHPWW co-sponsored the forum that served as our regular January Monthly Meeting
The PNHP National Board recently voted to endorse the new Improved Medicare for All bill to be introduced in early February by lead sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal, based on three members
seeing the text of the bill and what is publicly known about it - with the caveat that PNHP will continue to educate about any changes it may like to see in the bill as it makes its way through Congress. The PNHPWW Board looks forward to seeing the full text of the legislation when it is introduced and will chart our advocacy strategy at that time.
photo - Maria Kearney
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus
7:30pm - James South East Conference Center, Room C
“The Nuclear Arms Race versus Our Health ”
The meeting was videotaped and is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/qDWreJypU0E
We had a great meeting with speakers Lilly Adams and Joe Berkson, MD, from WPSR as our speakers and discussion leaders.
They are building a statewide coalition - Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition to raise the awareness of what the nuclear arms race is doing to many issues of social justice, including the social determinants of health and access to care.
How We Win - National Improved Medicare for All
Health over Profits for Everyone (HOPE) describes an in-depth strategy analysis on how the single payer movement can win National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA).
HOPE recently sent a letter to Rep. Jayapal regarding the need for transparency in updating HR 676 before it is introduced in February.
Some Important Recent Articles
Medicare for All legislation in the House - HR 676 ("updated" version to be introduced in the 2019 Congress), Senate - S 1804, and "Faux Single Payer legislation." and what would be essential for a state single payer plan::
1. HR 676 vs. S1804 - Analysis and Recommendations
2. Table of side-by-side Comparison of Medicare for All Public Plan Proposals
3. Aligning House And Senate Single-Payer Bills - Removing Medicare's Profiteering Incentives Is Key
4. Essential Elements of State Single Payer
5. Section by Section draft of Updated Medicare for All - Jayapal bill
6. Proposed Top Five Policy Improvements in Updated Medicare for All - Jayapal bill - Chart
Seven PNHPWW and SNaHP-UW members attended the 2018 PNHP Annual Meeting in San Diego, Nov 8-11. The theme of the weekend was "Tearing Down the Barriers to Care."
Materials from the meeting including slideshows, handouts, and some video is available at - http://pnhp.org/sandiego/
On Friday there was an educational session for folks new to single payer advocacy followed by a march/demonstration in support of immigrants in front of the San Diego ICE headquarters. Also, there was a meeting for people working on state-based universal health care legislation - summary here.
For this PNHPWW meeting, attendees reported on the state organizing meeting, the plenary sessions and some workshops. A video of this meeting is available on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLoNM8dxU1s
John Geyman, MD, joined us via the internet from his home in Friday Harbor to describe his just-released book "TrumpCare: Lies, Broken Promises, How It Is Failing, and What Should be Done." It's four goals are: 1) to describe TrumpCare; 2) show how it is failing patients, families, taxpayers, and the nation: 3) describe the growing crisis is health care in this country; and 4) to compare the only two real alternatives before us - continuance of TrumpCare or moving to single-payer Medicare for All. Also, John compared HR 676 and S 1804 and gave us his thoughts about their relative strengths and weaknesses.
The meeting can be viewed on our YouTube channel at - https://youtu.be/gl1OKCxcUMs
Copies of "TrumpCare" are available at cost for $15 plus shipping, while supplies last, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Geyman's recent books:
Common Sense: US Health Care at a Crossroads in the 2018 Congress (pamphlet_
Crisis in US Health Care: Corporate Power vs. Tho Common Good looks at how, over the last 60 years, our health care system got to be where it is now - how it changed from a system devoted to patient care to one devoted to maximizing revenues.
The Human Face of Obamacare - Promises vs. Reality and What Comes Next shows the human face of the ACA as the stories of real patients and their families best illustrate continuing problems of our health care system. It also shows how many of the promises made by the Obama administration have not been kept.
How Obamacare is Unsustainable - Why we need a Single-Payer Solution for All Americans documents where the ACA fails and the fix we need.
Health Care Wars - How Market Ideology and Corporate Power Are Killing Amercians examines how our market-based system benefits the 1% at the grave expense and suffering of the 99%.
"Breaking Point - How the Primary Care Crisis Endangers the Lives of Americans" documents the crisis in primary care in the US and what we must do about it.
John's Web Site
Kip Sullivan, JD
PNHPWW August 15th Monthly Meeting
"Community House Calls/Interpreter Services Harborview Medical Center"
You can watch this very informative and moving video on YouTube - https://youtu.be/V_LQf-fqmyw
PNHPWW June 20th Monthly Meeting
Rachel Berkson CD7 District Director for Rep. Pramila Jayapl, described HR 6097 and led the discussion. David Loud, Jim McDermott's staff who worked on similar bill & helped with HR 6097 also lent his expertise to the discussion.
HR 6097 would facilitate states to combine several federal health care funding streams if the state offers a comprehensive universal health care plan that guarantees all residents of their state are covered. The benefits provided by states have to be equal or greater than what beneficiaries receive now.
"Moving Toward Single Payer"
Community Town Hall
The regular PNHPWW May Monthly Meeting was held in conjunction with a Town Hall programmed and sponsored by the Students for a National Health Program - UW Chapter (SNaHP-UW) and co-sponsored by PNHPWW and Health Care for All - WA.
1) Aaron Katz, MPH, School of Public Health; 2) David McLanahan, MD, Co-founder and Coordinator of PNHPWW; 3) Anirban Basu, PhD, UW Professor of Health Economics; 4) Bevin McLeod, the Healthcare for All-WA Program Director; 5) Christopher Wong, MD UW Medical Center or Harborview
You can watch the forum here on YouTube
PNHPWW April 18th Meeting
"Homelessness and Healthcare"
Jacqueline Martin and George Sidwell
Vendors, Real Change Newspaper
PNHPWW March 21st Meeting
"The I-1600 Initiative Campaign"
Interim Campaign Director, Whole Washington
Georgia Davenport of the Whole Washington organization talked about their campaign to pass a ballot initiative Initiative I-1600 that would create the Whole Washington Health Care Trust that would run a new universal health care program, housed within the state Department of Health.
Senate and House Testimony on State "Single Payer" bills
Jan 16th - PNHPWW President Sherry Weinberg testifies for Senate Hearing on SB5701 - The Apple Care Trust
PNHPWW February 21st Meeting
PNHPWW January 17th Meeting
This documentary film explores the problem of extreme drug prices in the US and how drug costsimpacts on the public, on businesses and the overall US economy. It makes an effective business case for realizable change, digging deeply to answer key questions. You can watch the film by clicking here - https://fixithealthcare.com/big-pharma-movie/?
"Big Pharma" was produced by Richard Master, the producer of "Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point."
We were fortunate to have pharmacist Ronnie Shure with us to comment on the film and lead the discussion.
Considering the continuing bad news at the about the current state and future threats to our health care system, it was very nice to hear some good news about an influx of dedicated, socially conscious physicians who work for health care for all.
PNHPWW November 15 Meeting
Report on PNHP Annual Meeting in Atlanta
At this meeting PNHPWW and SNaHP-UW members who attended discussed their impressions of the weekend and gave reports on the high points of the workshops they attended.
Students for a National Health Program at University of Washington
Students for a National Health Program at the University of Washington (SNaHP-UW) brings the movement for universal healthcare through a national single-payer system to campus. SNaHP-UW seeks to educate and organize undergraduate and graduate students from health science, law, economics, political science, and beyond to add their voices to the growing chorus of healthcare professionals and students calling for healthcare for all.
PNHPWW member Mark Hickling has produced a 12 minute video describing the US health care system and those of other developed nations in a down-to-earth way that we can use in our advocacy with friends and family. This video is great for opening a meeting or houseparty.
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Opinion and Information
"Fixing Obamacare: Move to Single Payer" - Joe Martin - Seattle Times LTE - 4-2-15
“What Happened in Vermont: Implications of the Pullback from Single Payer” - Steffie Woolhandler, MD, and David Himmelstein, MD, -Jan, 2015
“Lesson On The Struggle For Health Care As A Human Right: What happened in Vermont where a so-called single payer proposal died?”- Margaret Flowers, MD, in Populare Resistance, Jan 2015
Backgrounder on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Healthcare - Margaret Flowers, MD
Stephen Kemble, MD - The Business Case for Single Payer - March, 2014 Powerpoint
Dr. Arnold Relman, Outspoken Medical Editor, dies at 91" - New York Times obituary
Health Care for All Oregon Speakers Resources - Powerpoints, Tips, References, Logistics, Friedman & other videos
Why Oncologists Should Support Singe-Payer National Healthy Insurance - Ray E. Dragon, MD and Lawrence H. Einhorn, MD
10 Things Unions Need to Look Out for When Bargaining Under Obamacare - Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare
A Perspective on the Relationship between State and National Single Payer Work.doc - Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein- PDF
Obstacles to State Based Reform: Vermont - slideshow - Dr. Marvin Malek
Immigrants and the Human Right to Health Care - National Economics and Social Rights Initiative
People of Color and the Human Right to Health Care - National Economics and Social Rights Initiative
Women and the Human Right to Health Care - National Economics and Social Rights Initiative
Obamacare and the New Deal - Michael Lind, Comment Don McCanne
What Kind of a Problem is the ACA Rollout for Liberalism - Michael Konczal
Strategy and Creativity for Grassroots Power (video) - Bill Moyer, Backbone Campaign
A close look at ACA Exchanges-Paul Criag Roberts
Funding HR 676: The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act - How we can afford a national single-payer plan - Gerald Friedman, Phd
Peter Bohmer's notes on Social Movements - Word.doc - PDF
Roadmap to State Single Payer - Public Citizen
ACA vs Single Payer - Accessibility, Affordability, Cost Control - PNHPWW
Real Danger of Obamacare: Insurance Company Takeover of Medicine - Nomi Prins
Some thoughts on What's Ahead - Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein
It's Time for Single Payer - Dr. James C. Mitchiner
Will Pay for Performance Backfire?; Insights from Behavioral Economics - Woolhandler and Ariely
Medicare Overpayments to Private Plans, 1985 - 2012 - Hellander. Woolhandler, Himmelstein
The Nuts and Bolts of Medicare Premium Support Proposals - Kaiser Foundation
Committee Responsibilities - Health Care for All Oregon
Minnesota Single Payer Economic Study - The Lewin Group
Funding a National Single-Payer System - Gerald Friedman - Prof Economics, U. of Massachusetts-Amherst
"Occupy" and US Health Care - Dr. Mary Obrien
The Wyden-Ryan Plan: Deja-vu All Over Again - Uwe Reinhart
Sustaining the Movement for the 99% - Steering Committee of the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer
A Difficult Pill to Swallow - Margaret Flowers, MD
Privatize Medicare? No Thanks! - Dr. James Mitchner
Why won't Corporate America Support Single Payer Medicare for All - Mark Dudzic
Ryan turns Knife on Medicare, Medicaid - Dr. Margaret Flowers
Pay Much Attention to the Insurers Behind the Curtain - Wendell Potter
Medicare for All is the Solution - Robert Reich
Stop the Bipartisan Assault on Medicare - Support the People - Claudia Chaufan
What Happened to Social Justice in Health Care Reform? - Arthur Sutherland
What You Can Do To Help:
*Join the Campaign to Pass HR 676 and HR 1200
by sending an email to email@example.com. We'll keep you posted with important updates and actions
*Write an Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor
You can find tips, templates and examples by clicking here
*Speak out about the single-payer solution
Educate yourself about single-payer using the resources & materials -here and here. Bring materials and talk to your church, labor, community or other group about the singlepayer solution.