Coming Events :
Organizations advocating for single payer, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All in Western Washington
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 about the benefits of a single-payer system--including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for the 46 million Americans who have none.
PNHPWW October Monthly Meeting
Emily Henkels, PNHP's new National Organizer was our speaker, via Skype from New York, joined by Laurie Wen, PNHP New York Metro Chapter's dynamic Executive Director. We focused on how the national office can support state chapters as we move into the initial period of the ACA and some other questions about chapter development and organizing skills.
Holly Eckert's book "Seized" published in July
PNHP-WW member Holly Eckert's book "Seized"was recently published by Llumina Press. With a background as a dancer, Holly documents her experiences as she has dealt with a 12-year history of a seizure disorder, onset at age 34. The book describes, in real time, the “harrowing & enlightening experiences” of her personal journey of living with chronic illness in the US. She shares with the reader its frustrations, confusions, joys, failures, and successes and the evolution of her insights as they develop over time.
“Seized” is not a story of hopelessness. It tells the story of a spiritual journey through illness towards health. It’s a story of wisdom & hope and the immense resiliency of the human mind and body – that is, unfortunately, not fostered by the current US corporate health care system.
Holly illuminates the unfolding health crisis in the US - how the current system fails those in need as well as the providers. Its systemic dysfunctions become more tangible by becoming more personalized. She has come to believe that the health care industry preys on people with chronic illness, playing a role in sustaining the illnesses in people it claims it is trying to treat. In “Seized” it becomes clear that universal health care is fundamental to solving the deep dysfunctions in the system and is an advocate for universal health care in the US.
The Health Care Comparison Ruler
|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...
On Saturday, July 27th, the Medicare 48th Birthday Celebration was a lively success. The parade was led by the "One Love" marching band and featured the "Labor Chorus,"street theater, and Paul Bigman speaking at several stops about the value of Medicare and the necessity to extend it to everyone. We marched along the route for the Seafair parade later in the day, from the Seattle Center, past Westlake Park, through Pike Market to Victor Streinbrueck Park.To see the video - click here http://youtu.be/pO9jEdXO82A.
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 email@example.com. 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"|
The information You Need to Remain Up-To-Date on Health Care Reform:
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Joie Meissner, ND, is the author of a three part series in the Official Newsletter of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Meissner is a PNHPWW Board member and primary care physician in Seattle's Capital Hill area. Her personal interests include food safety, securing a universal healthcare system and clinical research on multiple sclerosis at Bastyr University. Joie, begins her series:
"As N.D.s most of us are sole proprietors or in small group practices where we may feel cut off from the larger healthcare system. Yet what happens in the reform of our larger healthcare system will have an enormous impact not only on our practices and our patients, but also on our friends, families and on our own lives."
To Read Part 1- "Unraveling the Crisis in American Healthcare" - click here
To Read Part 2 - "Single Payer: A Universal Plan that Curbs Obscene Costs" - click here
Part 3 in press - "How Natural Medicine May Fare in the Universal Single-Payer Health Care's Envisaged Intersetion with Natural Medicine" - click here
Bob Wickline's Medicare for All Media Campaign
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MEDICARE!
MAD AS HELL DOCTORS
"Save Medicare as we know it,
and expand it into Medicare as we need it~
Improved MediCare for ALL!"
Let's celebrate the anniversary of Medicare with another Mad As Hell Doctors' "MediCare for ALL" National Radio Campaign! Log onto and stream WCPT Progressive Radio to hear both of the 60-second, "MediCare for ALL" musical open letters by Bob Wickline & Friends during some of America's most popular progressive radio programs. Click here to listen now to for #1 and #2 (Written and produced by Bob Wickline/Cascade Mountain Music).
WCPT streams out of Chicago. You can hear all the progressive talk radio hosts that were on Seattle's AM1090 before it switched to sports talk.
If you have questions or suggestion, please please email Bob
Help US keep the dream & stream alive @ Mad As Hell Doctors.com.
Every contribution helps!
Recent Opinion and Information
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
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% - Stering 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
GOP's Medicare Plan would be a Windfall for Insurers - Wendell Potter
8th PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting - May 4th, 2013
Heath Care is a Human Right
Beyond the ACA
Andy Coates, MD, Gerald Friedman, PHD, Jeff Johnson
and Rep. Jim McDermott speak
PNHP's Slideshows - November, 2012
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 Geyman, 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
228 Pages / $18.95
Available through amazon.com
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
Ramon Bernal, Seattle's first student at the Latin American School of Medicine
Cuba trains physicians from the Carribean, Central and South America, Africa, and the United States at the free Latin American School of Medicine in Havana (ELAM), the largest medical school in the world. Students make a commitment to return to their underserved communities after graduation. There are now 110 US student studying at ELAM.
Ramon Alejandro Bernal in now in Havana, the first student from Seattle to receive the opportunity for a free medical education at ELAM. PNHPWW has committed to support this outstanding individual as he persues his MD degree.
Ramon is in his fourth year at ELAM, now acquiring clinical skills and taking care of patients.
Click for info about Ramon and his monthly reports from Havana as he progresses (now 34 reports with photos)
Click here to listen to an interview with Ramon on KBCS radio, with Jill Bolduc
What You Can Do To Help:
*Join the Campaign to Pass HR 676 and HR 1200
by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.