Physicians for a National Health Program - Western Washington

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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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Next Monthly Meeting October 21st

“The Road towards ensuring Every Resident in
Washington State has Access to Health Care”

Our speaker will be Teresa Mosqueda, Chair of the Healthy Washington Coalition, member of the board of Washington’s Health Exchange and WA State Labor Council Political and Strategic Campaign Director.

The time of our meetings is now7:30pm and the venue is Room C of the South East Conference Center (first floor in the James Tower, down the hall to the right of the Starbucks booth). The ability to have participants around a square of tables seems to be more conducive to discussion. The start at 7:30pm should make travel easier. These changes got good marks for the September meeting.


PNHPWW September 16th Monthy Meeting

"Healthcare and the Homeless in King County”

Krystal Koop
Master of Social Work Student, UW

This was a wonderful meeting by an accomplished speaker about a group of UW students making a difference. Krystal Koop is Founder of University District Street Medicine, a collaborative group initiative between the UW Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, and Physical Therapy that seeks to identify health problems within the homeless community through direct engagement, works proactively to promote health, and connect folks with treatment through its community connections. UDSM was two years in the planning and formally launched in May, 2015.

Krystal was homeless from age 12-14 in Anchorage & that experience with the social services system has driven her passion for this work. For ten years before coming to UW, where she is now a second year Master of Social Work student, she worked in social services & direct care in Idaho, SF & since arriving in Seattle three years ago.

Krystal’s slides can be viewed on the PNHPWW website. Click here for a flyer about UDSM's work & how you can donate.

Click here for PNHPWW September Meeting-Monthly Report - .doc - pdf


Do you have a stethoscope or blood pressure cuff to donate?

University District Street Medicine (UDSM) is a student organization with members from the UW Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, and Physical Therapy. It seeks to identify health problems within the homeless community through direct engagement, working proactively to promote health, and connect folks with treatment through its community connections.

A current focus of UDSM is connecting with homeless individuals to identify hypertension and creatively work to figure out how this may be managed on the street. For this reason, UDSM is searching for donations of inexpensive blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes to allow us to help identify hypertensive individuals. If  you can donate such equipment, please send a message to

October 1st, 8-9pm
Students for a National Health Program - UW
coordinating Medicare for All National Day of Action

The UW chapter of Students for a National Health Program, coordinating with other SNaHP chapters around the country, held a candlelight vigil in Red Square in recognition of the millions of people in this country impacted by a system which leaves so many people without access to healthcare. Participants shared moving stories of their own experiences and struggles with the current healthcare system, as a patient, family member, friend, or healthcare provider.

Photo - Dan Warter,

Jim Page new song - Pretty Simple

In this song Jim Page sings how getting to health care for all and all the social justice we need is really simple - we all have to join together and fight for our human rights. Click here to watch the video

Medicare 50th and Social Security 80th Birthday Celebrations

Saturday, August 8th, Westlake Park, Seattle

PNHPWW's table at the celebration

Click on Image to watch PNHPWW's Dr. Hugh's Foy's remarks

PNHPWW June 17th Monthy Meeting
"Global Health Strategies Benefitting our Local Communities"

Adam Taylor, Executive Director, Global to Local
Download the PNHPWW June Meeting-Monthly Report - .doc - pdf

PNHPWW May 20th Monthy Meeting

“Single Payer Legislation in Oregon"

Mark Kellenback and Charlie Swanson, Health Care for All Oregon
Download the PNHPWW May Meeting-Monthly Report - .doc - pdf

PNHPWW April 22nd Monthy Meeting
"Health Care Inequities: What we can do about it"

Gerald Hankerson, President, NAACP Seattle/King County; President, NAACP State Conference Alaska/Oregon/Washington
Download the PNHPWW April Meeting-Monthly Report - .doc - pdf

2015 PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting

Kshama Sawant, Ph.D
Seattle City Council Member

Socialist Alternative
Margaret Flowers, MD
PNHP-MD, Co-Founder
James Haslam
Executive Director,
Vermont Workers' Center

Click on the above photos of each speaker to watch the speaker's presentations - Thanks to Mike McCormick of HotPotatoMedia
Listen to the Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese interview with Mike McCormick on "Mind over Matters" of KEXP 93.3fm - 3-28-15

We were very honored to be able to present 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. The many social justice issues 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, was 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. Along with Kevin Zeese, who was also be here for the weekend events, she is co-founder and co-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.

    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. James described the continuing efforts to move the plan forward.

    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.

    SNaHP-WA hosted a meeting for Health Sciences students with James, Margaret and Kevin on Friday afternoon, March 27th

    The 2015 PNHPWW John Geyman Award was presented to the Vermont Workers Center for their leadership in the campaign to achieve universal health care in Vermont. Dr. Geyman presented the award to James Haslam, Executive Director.

    Photo - Susan Fried

  • Seattle musician/songwriter Jim Page performed the inaugural performance of "One Step at a Time," his new song on health and social justice, written for our APM. Jim made a video recording at Mark Hickling's studio you can watch (see below).

    Photo - Susan Fried

    On Sunday, there was a two hour strategy session with James, Margaret, and Kevin

  • Download the 2015 APM March Monthly Report - .doc - pdf

Jim Page writes and performs two new song on health care

One Step at a Time

Can't Afford to get Sick
Click on images to watch video performances

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's web page describes coming events


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. This video is great for opening a meeting or houseparty.

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.

Click to watch new short single payer video for Washington State

In the News

Economic Analysis of New York Health Act

Gerald Friedman, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Economics, U. Massachusetts, at Amherst

Watch Video - Chick here
Medicare's 50th Anniversary - July 30th

Plans are underway for a Medicare 50th Birthday rally in Seattle on Saturday, august 8th in Seattle. Stay tuned as details are worker out.

Meanwhile, click here or on the image to the right to watch Bob Wickline's 60 second video!

PAST PNHPWW Meeting/Monthly Reports

PNHPWW April 22nd Monthly Meeting - "Health Care Inequities: What we can do about it"
April Meeting - Monthly Report -.doc - pdf

PNHPWW February 18th Monthly Meeting - "Report from the SNaHP Summit "Healing the Heart of Medicine"
February Meeting - Monthly Report - Word.doc - PDF

PNHPWW January 21st Monthly Meeting - "The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its Effect on Healthcare"
January Meeting - Monthly Report - Word.doc - PDF

PNHPWW December 17th Monthly Meeting - "Report from PNHP 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans"
Download December Meeting-Monthly Report - Word.doc - PDF
Information and Slideshows from the PNHP 214 Annual Meeting and Workshops

PNHPWW November 19th Monthly Meeting - "Inequality and its Impact on the Health of Societies" - by Stephen Bezruchka, MD, PHD
Video of the meeting -
November Meeting-Monthly Report - Word.doc - PDF

John Geyman's Latest Book

John's most recent previous books 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


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

"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 -
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 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 most recent previous books 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


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
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.


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