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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.
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Sherry Appleton, Representative 23th LD, introduced the Washington Health Security Trust in the 2013 session of the Washington State House of Representatives (HR 1085) and Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, 36th LD, introduced the WHST in the Washington State Senate (SB 5224). You can find the latest information about HR 1085 here and SB 5224 here. This state single payer plan would cover all Washington residents with comprehensive health care under a single plan. It has been written to qualify for a waiver under the Affordadable Care Act, for which it would be substitiuted in 2017.
Click here for a summary of the WHST, as introduced in the previous legislative session.
Click Here to find information about the House Health and Wellness Committee and email addresses for Committee Members to ask them to support the WHST
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
PNHP's Slideshows - November, 2012
For invaluable daily current health care reform information and analysis read PNHP Senior Staff Policy Analyst Don McCanne's Quote of the Day
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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
Click here for > John Geyman's Weekly Blog
Our 7th PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting featured speakers Quentin Young, MD, National Coordinator for PNHP, Amy Goodman, author and the host of Democracy Now!, Teresa Mosqueda, Legislative and Policy Director of the Washington State Labor Council and Chair of the Healthy Washington Coalition, and Representative Jim McDermott, Congressman for the WA 7th CD.
The PNHPWW Board awarded its 2012 John Geyman Health Justice Advocate Award to David Loud, health reform activist who has worked as a hospital worker, union organizer and now is Jim McDermott's staff aide for community outreach. Bob Wickline and Family provided musical entertainment.
Click on each speaker's name above to watch their complete presentation and/or click here for a 20 minute highlight summary. Thanks to Todd Boyle for providing the video.
Listen to an Interview with Quentin Young by Mike McCormick on KEXP Radio
Kathleen Randall is a facilitator for the Occupy Seattle Health Care Working Group. The group meets on a regularly scheduled basis, the first and third Sundays of the month on the 4th floor of the Washington State Convention Center. If you are interested in joining, please contact Kathleen.
PNHP has organized a statement for physicians to support Occupy Wall Street - you can sign it here.
Republicans want to privatize Medicare and slash Medicaid to reduce the nation's deficit. President Obama says he wants to preserve Medicare and Medicaid, but his budget proposal looks to those programs to find savings. We agree that healthcare costs are a serious problem, but cutting Medicare and Medicaid won't help. Instead, we need to take the corporate greed and waste out of our healthcare system, and make healthcare a human right by extending Medicare to everyone.
Join us in sending this message to President Obama and your Congresspeople: Medicare is the solution - not the problem. We need improved Medicare for all NOW! - Click here to send a message
Bob Wickline has produced a great 60 second musical media ads that he has placed on talk radio AM 1090. These ads can be varied to support publicity for local activities in the future. - click here
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
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*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.