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Organizations advocating for
single payer, Expanded and
Medicare for All
in Western Washington

-Health Care for All -WA
-United for Single Payer
-WA - Progressive Democrats of America
-Wash State Progressive Caucus
-United for National HealthCare - Bellingham
-Socialist Alternative
-Healthy Washington Coalition
-Washington Community Action Network


Itís 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 about the benefits of a single-payer system--including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for the 46 million Americans who have none.

Latest News

PNHPWW April 16th Monthly Meeting

"Planning for the Anne Feeney Concert,the May Day Rally,
The Health Care Movie/DUH Event,and the Annual Public Meeting"

The PNHPWW April 16th Monthly Meeting will be held at 7pm at the Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus Conference Center Auditorium (directions). This meeting will focus on planning for the several upcoming events we are sponsoring, co-sponsoring, or participating in -1) the Anne Feeney Concert on April 30th at the Labor Temple which will feature the first public announcement of the Health Care is a Human Right - Washington alliance; 2) the May Day Rally and March for Immigrants and Workers Rights on May 1st; 3) a public showing of The Healthcare Movie on May 3rd; 4) the Annual Public Meeting on July 19th. Also, we will discuss the latest news about the Health Care is a Human Right campaign.

PNHPWW April 16th Meeting Agenda - Word.doc - PDF

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

PNHPWW participated in the very impressive Jan 20th, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration - theme - "Rise Up! Restore the Dream!" We collaborated with United for Single Payer to presented a workshop titled "The Dream of Health Care Justice, moving beyond the ACA." Jim Squire was the moderator, with presentations from Marti Schmidt talking about HCHR principles and about the forming HCHR Alliance; Sherry Weinberg talked about the Washington Health Security Trust, followed by discussion. The emphasis was on building the grassroots movement for single payer. The workshop was packed and very well recieved.

PNHPWW had a table with literature and for gathering contact info in the lobby. We collected 19more photos for the Health Care is a Human Right Photo Petition database (now totally 80).

As in past celebrations, PNHPWW marched, carrying our banner. Seattle's MLK march is the largest in the US drawing around 5000 participants.

PNHPWW March 19th Monthly Meeting

"The Health Care Movie"

The meeting included a showing and following discussion of "The Health Care Movie"

Click below for meeting report.

PNHPWW March Meeting Meeting Monthly Report - Word.doc - PDF

Congratulations to Dr. Ramon Alejandro Bernal
Seattle's first graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana - July, 2013
Ramon was born in 1982 in Jalisco, Mexico and came to Seattle with his parents in 1993. He attended Denny Middle School and West Seattle High School. The first one in his family to complete high school, Ramon finished a Pre Med course at Seattle University while working at a Rainier Valley grocery. However, medical school seemed financially impossible.
Through the internet, Ramon learned about the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba, where thousands of young people from around the world receive a completely free medical education. Part of the agreement with ELAM is that, after graduation, students return to their homelands to provide medical care to their underserved communities.
He applied through the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization that recruits for ELAM in the United States. He was accepted by IFCO and then he was offered a position by ELAM.

Ramon left for Havana in August 2007. PNHPWW committed to help support his education and provide a means for his reports back so we, and others, could follow his progress and the incredible journey he experienced. Posted on this web site are 39 reports with photos over his six years at ELAM.

Ramon graduated in July, 2013. He is pictured here with his wife and fellow student and wife Blanca - who have just welcomed a baby girl into their lives. We are hoping Dr. Bernal chooses Seattle as the home for his skills and dedication to others.

Click here to listen to a 2012 interview with Ramon on KBCS radio, with Jill Bolduc

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New Multimedia - Not to Miss

Dr. David Himmelstein on "What would universal healthcare look like in the US?"
Click here to watch
PNHP board member and pediatrician Dr. Robert Zarr, along with graphic design student Kaylen Larson, released a short film about the state of the healthcare crisis in the United States, and why HR 676 is the "Cure All" to what ails us. Click here to watch.


John Geyman's Latest Project - Health Care Blog/Forum

With a distinguished group of contributers including John Geyman, MD; Don McCanne, MD; David Himmelstein, MD; Steffie Woolhandler, MD; David Gimlett, MD; Pippa Abston, MD; Philip Caper, MD; Joshua Freeman, MD; Stephen Kimble, MD; Sam Metz, MD; Joe Silerman, MD; Rob Stone, MD; William Williams, MHA

Health Care for All - Washington - Annual Meeting - Nov 9th, Featuring John Geyman, MD, spoke on "Single Payer in Wahington State: Challenges and Approaches"

Click here for Dr. Geyman's Slideshow

The Health Care Comparison Ruler

Click to download ruler - Side A PDF - Side B PDF
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 New 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"


The information You Need to Remain Up-To-Date on Health Care Reform:

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Recent Opinion and Information

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%
- 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 - Updated November, 2013

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
by sending an email to We'll keep you posted with important updates and actions

*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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