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-Vermont Workers Center

-Health Care for All Oregon
-Health Care is a Human Right - Maryland
Maine People's Alliance

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 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). That day’s news of Vermont Governor Shumlin’s decision not to offer a financing plan for the Green Mountain Care state universal health care plan (as he was obligated to due by legislation) was the hot topic. This setback has implications for other states working on state single payer plans. There will be lots of opinion about the significance of this decision. Check out the websites of Popular ,  PNHP Latest News, Vermont Workers Center, and Healthcare-Now! for the latest news.

We also talked about the progress of the Health Care is a Human Right - WA campaign (Check out the HCHR-WA website for the latest info and the Activist’s Toolkit” as it is matures), the 10th PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting this spring, and how we might make monthly meetings more friendly for first-time attendees without much familiarity with our goals & strategy or what we’ve been doing over the last couple of years

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


Forum on Ethics of Health Care Reform - December 10th

PNHPWW members Sherry Weinberg, MD, Pres. PNHPWW; Hugh Foy, MD, Director Surgeries Specialy Clinic, HMC; and Dana Iorio, ARNP, Adult Medicine Clinic, HMC participated as panel members on a forum, Dec 10th, at Harborview looking at the ethical implications of health care reform. The panel included John Henson, MD, Vice-President Medical Affairs, Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill;and Aaron Katz, DPH, Senior Lecturer, UW School of Public Health.

Click here to watch the video

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.

Stephen, an engaging and accessible speaker, asks us to think outside the box – that maybe access to health care is not all that important to the health of societies. Inequality and its multiple insidious effects, especially in the first 1000 days of life, is what’s killing us. “It’s like a highly toxic, odorless gas that pervades our society and kills us with the usual diseases - and we are unaware of it.” Of course, this would seem to challenge the raison d’être of PNHP. In a nutshell, the following 2014 article from the Minnesota Department of Health sums up the argument, finding only 10% of the health of societies determined by the provision of clinical care.

Determinants of Health
10% genes and biology
10% physical environment
30% health behaviors
40% social and economic factors
10% clinical care

Dr. Buzruchka does agree that universal health care and everyone having insurance is incredibly important and encourages PNHP to continue its mission.

The video of the meeting is well worth watching - You will likely be challenged and enlightened by the presentation and its following discussion.

Next PNHPWW Monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, December 17th, at Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus, 7pm. We will be talking about the PNHP Annual Meeting in New Orleans and some of the implications for single payer advocacy for the coming years that were raised.

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”
jim McDermott
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


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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"


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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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