Physicians for a National Health Program - Western Washington

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* March 28th - PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting, 7pm, Kane Hall, UW Campus

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It's Time to Add Your Voice

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.


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Save the date - PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting - March 28th, Kane Hall

We are very honored to be able to present what will be a valuable weekend of learning from experts about strategies of the grassroots organizing that is indispensible as we move forward to counter the corporate influences that affect all of our lives. We will be looking at many social justice issues as they are all intertwined and we need the support of all of those affected to create a "movement of movements" to reach the place where we need to be to truly achieve social justice, including health care for all.
  • Margaret Flowers, MD, longtime leader and hero in the single-payer health justice advocacy movement, and many other social justice causes, will be our keynote speaker. She is a pediatrician who stopped her clinical practice to devote full time to advocacy. She devotes a significant amount of her time working on single-payer health care reform. In addition to her activity as co-chair of the Maryland chapter of PNHP and national board advisor for PNHP, Dr. Flowers is on the board of Healthcare-Now!, a leader in Healthcare is a Human Right - Maryland, and on the steering committee of the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care. Dr. Flowers obtained her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and did her residency at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Along with Kevin Zeese, who will also be here for the weekend events, she is founder and editor of Popular Resistance, a very valuable resource for keeping in touch with social justice advocates and events across the country and the world. They provide lots of leadership advocating for net neutrality, against implementation of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, and against big oil, fracking, coal pipelines, oil trains and more. Margaret will talk about the need for and the how-tos of grassroots organizing necessary to reach justice for all residents of our country.

    James Haslam is Executive Director of the Vermont Workers Center in Burlington, Vermont. Vermont single-payer advocates, led by the Workers Center, have been working very hard over the last few years to implement an innovative health care plan that would cover every Vermont resident - Green Mountain Care. Unfortunately, the plan is in limbo now as Governor Shumlin failed to present a promised financing plan to the Legislature for further action. The efforts to move the plan forward continue. James will speak about the grassroots organizing necessary to pass the original legislation and now, necessary to reach the victory.

    Kshama Sawant, PhD, is a Seattle City Council Member well known for her leadership in advocacy for many social justice issues. She was instrumental in passing Seattle's ground breaking $15/hour minimum wage last year. A member and leader of Socialist Alternative, "As a City Councilmember, I am using my position to help build, unite, and give political voice to the struggles of low-paid workers, youth, people of color, and all those who are shut out by the political machine tailored to protect the interests of the big corporations and the wealthy elite." In her City Council role, she works for affordable housing and transportation, labor rights, equitable taxes, and civil rights issues. She strongly supports the human right to health care. Kshama was our keynote speaker last year and we are honored that she has agreed to return again this year as we focus on organizing the grassroots, of which she has enormous expertise and an envious track record.

    Please help us publicize this forum by downloading a black/white or color flyer

PNHPWW February 18th Monthy Meeting

Report from the Students for a National Health Program Summit:
"Healing the Heart of Medicine"

We had a very good meeting centered on a report by UW Med Student Jordan Seto on the recent Students for a National Health Plan (SNaHP) Summit in Chicago. It was very informative & uplifting to hear of the enthusiasm, idealism and activism of the emerging generation of health care professionals. For a detailed look at what went on you can find the summit presentations and handouts here, and a selection of photos of the day’s activities here.

The next meeting will be our 10th Annual Public Meeting, February 28th, 7pm, Kane Hall on the UW Campus.

Download February Meeting - Monthly Report - Word.doc - PDF

New 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.

The chapter has a web page. It will host a meeting on March 2nd as descibed in the flyer.

Legislative Hearings on Health Care Reform - Feb 20th

Health Care for All - WA and Health Care is a Human Right - WA Bills

HCFA-WA's Washington Health Security Trust (HB 1025) and HCHR-WA's Intent to cover all Washington residents (HB 1321) bills received hearings in the House Health and Wellness Committee on Friday, Feb 20th in Olympia. The testimonies were very impressive. Click to watch the the testimony for WHST bill (00:00 - :21:20) and for the "Intent to Cover all Washingtonians" bill ((21:21 - 33:14).

The next step is for the Committee to vote to send the bill to the Ways and Means Committee. If the bill is not voted out, it is dead until next year. Stay tuned.

The Senate Health Committee did not hold hearings this year.

PNHPWW January 21st Monthly Meeting

"The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its Effect on Healthcare"

We were fortunate to have as our speaker Stan Sorscher, Labor Representative at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA).Stan represents SPEEA at the Puget Sound Health Alliance and serves on the Executive Board of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition. He speak on a very timely subject that will be debated in Congress in the coming months. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be the largest world trade deal in history, representing 40% of the world economy, yet it's being negotiated in secret by lobbyists for the world's largest international corporations. It has many implications for world health and social justice. It would provide stronger protection for the pharmaceutical industry, corporations could challenge any government's regulation they claim unfairly diminishes their profits – regulations now protecting consumers from unhealthy foods, workers from unsafe working conditions, the environment from toxic emissions. It would encourage privatization of national health programs.

Other items of interest:

New PNHP Study - on wasted spending on billing and insurance related costs – concluded “a simplified financing system in the U.S. could result in cost savings exceeding $350 billion annually, nearly 15% of health care spending.” Compared single payer vs. multi-payer billing costs. Authored by Aliya Jiwani, David Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler and James G Kahn. Published in BMC Health Services Research, Nov 2014

PNHP new “Physicians Proposal” If you have not already done so, please endorse the new Physicians’ Proposal (password = NHI). If you’ve already endorsed it, ask your colleagues to sign using the webform here. We want to get as many signers as we can prior to publication!

The next meeting will be February 18th, 7pm, Swedish Cherry Hill Campus Conference Center Auditorium. Program to be determined.

Download January Meeting - Monthly Report - Word.doc - PDF

PNHPWW December 17th Monthly Meeting
"Discussion of Recent News and Future Events"

Although this meeting was to focus on reporting on the PNHP Annual Meeting, we didn’t talk much about the specifics (the PNHP web site has information and slideshows from the meeting and workshops).

Download December Meeting-Monthly Report - Word.doc - PDF

PNHPWW November 19th Monthly Meeting
"Inequality and its Impact on the Health of Societies"

The meeting was excellent with a presentation on "Inequality and its Impact on the Health of Societies" by Stephen Bezruchka, MD, PHD, Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health at UW and Chair for the new Economic Inequality Task Force of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. The video of the meeting is well worth watching - You will likely be challenged and enlightened by the presentation and its following discussion.

Download November Meeting-Monthly Report - Word.doc - PDF

NEW Video on Single Payer for Washington State

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. It also points toward a 2017 ACA waiver for Washington State to achieve a state single payer plan.

You can watch this on YouTube by clicking here or on the photo. If you'd like a DVD copy ($5 for materials and postage), send a request here.

PNHPWW 2014 Annual Public Meeting Meeting - July 19th

“Health Care is a Human Right: Making it Real in Washington State”
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Jeff Johnson
Gerald Friedman
Gerald Friedman
Jeff Johnson
Martha Schmidt, LL.M Philip Caper, MD Kshama Sawant, PhD Randall White, MD Chuck Richards and Rep. Jim McDermott, MD

The Western Washington Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program held its Ninth Annual Public Meeting on Saturday, July 19th, at Kane Hall, on the University of Washington Campus. The theme was “Health Care is a Human Right: Making it Real in Washington State.” This forum on health care reform made clear the need to go beyond the Affordable Care Act. The law’s waiver provision allows states to provide health care for all their residents with an innovative state plan in 2017.
Keynote speaker was Kshama Sawant, PHD, Seattle City Council Member who has shown the way in grassroots organizing for the successful $15Now campaign. Also speaking were Philip Caper, MD, who was a staff member on Senator Edward Kennedy’s US Senate Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Health, a PNHP national Board Member and active in Maine AllCare which is working on a single payer plan for the state of Maine; Randall White, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pyschiatry, University of British Columbia; Medical Director, BC Psychosis Program provided a perspective on the differences of the US and Canadian health care systems as a physician who has practiced in both countries; Martha Schmidt, LL.M, described the principles of health care as a human right; and David McLanahan, MD, standing in for Jeff Johnson, President of the Washingon State Labor Council, read Jeff's statement about the ACA, single payer and the Health Care is a Human Right - Washington campaign. A Q&A/Discussion followed the speakers' presentations. The 2014 John Geyman Health Justice Award was presented to Chuck Richards, President of Health Care for All - Washington by Congressman Jim McDermott, MD.

Click on Images above to watch video of the speaker's presentations - thanks to Mike McCormick's - TalkingStickTV & listen to Mike's KEXP 90.3FM "Mind Over Matters" interview with Philip Caper, MD
Click here for another camera angle of the evening thanks to Todd Boyle
Click here for an article in Crosscut about the meeting


Click to watch new short single payer video for Washington State

In the News

Letters to Editor & news reports featuring Single Payer in Washington State

"Single Payer Affirmed" - Daniel Schaffer - Spokesman-Review (Spokane) - in Letters, Opinion - July, 7, 2014

New Multimedia - Not to Miss

Dr. David Himmelstein on "What would universal healthcare look like in the US?"
Click here to watch

John Geyman's Latest Book

The Health Care Comparison Ruler

Click to download ruler - Side A - Side B
PNHP-WW Board members created 9 correlating scenarios contrasting USA's health care delivery with that of industrialized countries (symbolized with maps and inch/metric measurements).The ruler is a catalyst for our meme. In other words, reading or hearing the stark comparison between the two different worlds presented on the ruler is what will carry our ideas from person to person.

To listen to Dr. Susan Blackwell describe how verbal memes populate like viral bacteria. click here

Go here to realize American Exceptionalism, but when Health Care Delivery, a central theme of PNHP, meets American Exceptionalism, the record receives a negative prefix of the unexceptionalism meme.
Thus, we require Medical (coverage) as a Human Right for All, not a few.
• We're converting ruler's meme to a video format and an app.
• We've begun to hand it out to all Legislative Health Committee Members
We'll use it to bring the State of Washington in line with Oregon and Vermont preparing for 2017...

For the latest news on health reform legislation - check PNHP articles of interest and opinion - or research a topic by clicking on the Google Custom Search image below:

The PNHPWW Lending Library

We are in the process of building a lending library with members' and supporters' books and DVD's. If you are willing to lend one or more of your books or DVD's, please send the title and author to We will guarantee your book will be replaced, if lost. To review the books - click on the shelf image

If you would like to borrow a book, you will can pick it up at a monthly meeting or pay for postage. Order it through the link on the library pages"


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Recent Opinion and Information

“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
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 -
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


PNHP's Slideshows - Updated November, 2014

These slides are the latest sets from the PNHP Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The classic sets have been updated. Pick and chose to design slide shows for various audiences and presentation settings.

Download PowerPoint Slideshow
Margaret Flower's "Single Payer Basics and the Effect of P-PACA"

John Geyman's Latest Book - Health Care Wars

John Geymajohnn, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has spent 25 years in academic family medicine. He is Past President of Physicians for National Health Program (PNHP) and a PNHPWW Board member. John has now written 10 books that are indespensible for understanding the roots of our health care crisis, its current condition, and what must be done to achieve a just and sustainable replacement.

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%. As described by Ralph Nader:

"Dr. John Geyman's Health Care Wars is a tour de force—replete with facts that are organized for reader understanding and civic arousal. Citing irrefutable evidence from unrebutted studies, in properly enraging detail about lost lives and plundered family budgets, Dr. Geyman lays down the steps needed to replace corporatized, wasteful, corrupt health sales with full Medicare for all, containing incentives for prevention, cost control and the rise of honest, competent health care as if people matter first.
.... Health Care Wars is a remarkably comprehensive, contextual and action-driven book with some marvelously insightful cartoons which show that in humor there it truth."

Health Care Wars
ISBN 978-0-9837734-8-1
228 Pages / $18.95
Available through

John's previous book "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.

You can find information about his books and ordering information by following these links - Breaking Point - How the Primary Care Crisis Endangers the Lives of Americans, Hijacked - The Road to Single Payer in the Aftermath of Stolen Healthcare Reform, The Cancer Generation - Baby Boomers Facing a Perfect Storm, Do Not Resuscitate: Why the Health Insurance Industry is Dying, and How We Must Replace It. The Corrosion of Medicine: Can the Profession Reclaim its Moral Legacy?, Shredding the Social Contract: The Privatization of Medicare and Falling Through the Safety Net: Americans Without Health Insurance

John's Web Site


What You Can Do To Help:

*Join the Campaign to Pass HR 676 and HR 1200
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*Lobby your members of Congress
Tell your representatives that you support HR 676 and HR 1200 and they should too. You can use this email form or - better yet - call their office

*Write an Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor
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*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.


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