Physicians for a National Health Program - Western Washington

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Organizations advocating for
single payer, Expanded and Improved 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
-Backbone Campaign




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.


Latest News

PNHPWW September 17th Monthly Meeting

"Organizing to Prevent King County Public Health Clinic Closures"

King County has announced a proposal to close six or seven public health clinics for budgetary reasons. These clinics help care for the most vulnerable families in King County, in areas with high levels of poverty, homelessness and lack of access to care. These families would have even more difficulty finding care elsewhere. The King County Council will vote on this proposal in November. Many community organizations are collaborating to oppose this idea. For our meeting, we are fortunate to have Juan Jose Bocanegra bring us up to date and help us figure out how we can best lend our support. Juan Jose is leader of El Comité, which has been working with other organizations and the affected communities to resist the closures. He is a longtime Seattle organizer who has been involved in most of the struggles for social justice issues since the mid 60's.

On September 20-21st, the Washington State Medical Association House of Delegates, at its meeting at the Hilton Hotel near SeaTac, will be considering a resolution to support single payer health insurance. If the resolution passes, it will probably be the first state medical association in the United States to take such an action. It could help tremendously in our efforts to create a state single payer system in the next few years. To find out the details about how your presence might help, even if you are not a WSMA member, please send a mesage to

We will also have updates on the Health Care is a Human Right - Washington alliance campaign.

PNHPWW September Meeting Agenda - Word.doc - PDF

PNHPWW August Monthly Meeting

Report back and discussion of the HealthCare-Now!, One-Payer States
and Labor Capaign for Single Payer Conference, held in Oakland, Aug 22-24th

The meeting focused on a report-back on the Oakland One-Payer States, Healthcare-Now!, and Labor Campaign for Single Payer conference. Seven PNHPWW members attended, as well as three from HCFA-WA. It was an extremely valuable conference with 300 seasoned activists from all over the country gathering to share experiences in their efforts to achieve single payer plans for their states, as well as nationally. Seven PNHPWW members and three from HCFA-WA attended.

You can download the PNHPWW August Meeting-Monthly Report - PDF or .docx and the "Oakland Meeting Summary" PDF or .doc. The Oakland summary is a compilation of notes from those who attended (special thanks to Sally Soriano - the "World's Greatest Note-Taker"). It's 29 pages, and occasionally redundant, but well worth reading. It will quickly bring you up-to-date with what is happening around the country. Print out & read at your leisure.

You can watch a great YouTube video of the Panel Discussion that included Michael Lighty, National Nurses United; Fernando Gapasin, Portland Jobs with Justice; Ethel Scott-Long, Womens Economic Agenda Project; Rita Valenti, Healthcare for All Georgia, and Kasha Ram, Vermont State Representative. John Nichols of The Nation magazine moderated. Thanks to videographer Steve Zeitzer.

8th PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting - July 19h, 2014

Heath Care is a Human Right: Making it Real in Washington State
Phil Caper, MD, Martha Schmidt, LL.M, and Randall White, MD speak
Rep. Jim McDermott presents John Geyman Health Justice Advocate Award to Chuck Richards

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


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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?"
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John Geyman's Latest Slideshow

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 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

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, 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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