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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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Monthly Meeting January 20th

The Black Lives Matter Movement

Renaissance the Poet, aka Michael Moynihan, was our dynamic speaker.

He is a senior at UW double-majoring in history and philosophy. His goal is a law degree. Renaissance is a well-known Spoken Word and Hip Hop artist from Seattle and is engaged in the struggle for Black Liberation and active in the Black Lives Matter movement. Renaissance believes “police brutality, the Prison Industrial Complex, the Military Industrial Complex, climate change, immigration, racism, institutional discrimination, and patriarchy all intersect into a system of oppression within capitalism that marginalizes and suppresses people of color worldwide. My music, education, and activism are all geared to understand, confront, challenge, and change this unjust and inequitable system of power and oppression.”

Renaissance is a brilliant engaging speaker, relating lots of experiences from his life – from early-on to today. Rather than try to summarize the main points, the best way to appreciate his motivations, experiences and insights are by listening to a tape of his talk and the ensuing discussion (80 minutes). You can hear by clicking on the icon below and download it to listen at your leisure by right-clicking here.



You can see some of his work on the links below
https://www.facebook.com/renaissancethepoet.official/
https://soundcloud.com/renaissance-the-poet

Download the PNHPWW January Meeting-monthly Report - PDF - .doc

 

PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting

EXCITING NEWS! - John Nichols, of The Nation magazine and Donna Smith, President of Health Care for All Colorado will be our speakers for our 11th PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting on Saturday, February 20th, 7pm, UW Campus, Kane Hall. We are working on other weekend events. This meeting will be co-sponsored by the Students for a National Health Program - UW Chapter. The theme is . See flyer for information. “Fixing Health Care: Principles Versus Profits."

John Nichols is Senior National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation Magazine. He's a wonderfully engaging speaker who has studied the the national political scene many years.

Donna Smith returns for her second visit to our APM. She burst on the scene as the heroine in Michael Moore's movie Sicko and has played a leading role in the advocacy for single payer - now as Exec. Director of Health Care for All Colorado and Exec. Director of Progressive Democrats of America.

The 2016 John Geyman Health Justice Award wll be given during the meeting.

Public encouraged to attend!!!
Free parking under Kane Hall

Please help us with publicity for the event. You can download and post the flyer - Color - B/W

 


Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Betty Capehart presenting a workshop on health care is a human right at the MLK Day workshop. You can download her slideshow here - Powerpoint - Images  

Zoom Care Demonstration



Monthly Meeting November 18th

“Report Back from PNHP Annual Meeting in Chicago”

We didn’t have a speaker for the November meeting as it was a discussion of the PNHP Annual Meeting in Chicago in November, and the concurrent One-Payer States, Healthcare-Now! and Labor Campaign for Single Payer meetings, led by members of PNHPWW, HCFA-WA and United for Single Payer who attended. The November Meeting-Monthly Report report describes the meetings in quite a bit of detail - for your reference. Special thanks to Marcia Stedman and Sherry Weinberg for their excellent notes on the weekend events, meetings and workshops. There is a lot of important information and analysis on where we stand with single payer and how to move ahead in a challenging election year.
To help with our work, Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein updated their famous PNHP slideshow - "Short Set" - 136 slides & "Long Set" - 203 slides. Also we saw the premier of “Fix It,” a new film that makes the business case for single payer featuring many PNHP members. PNHPWW has a copy.
You can watch a short video of the demonstration in front of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois office here.

PNHPWW November Meeting and Monthly Report - PDF - Word.doc

EXCITING NEWS! - John Nichols, of The Nation magazine will be keynote speaker for our 11th PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting on Saturday, February 20th, UW Campus, Kane Hall. We are working on other speakers and weekend events. This meeting will be co-sponsored by the Students for a National Health Program - UW Chapter. Stay tuned.

 

 



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




October 21st Monthly Meeting
“The Road towards ensuring Every Resident inWashington State has Access to Health Care”

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
PNHPWW Oct 21st Meeting and Monthly Report - PDF - Word.doc


PNHPWW September 16th Monthy Meeting
"Global Health Strategies Benefitting our Local Communities"

Krystal Koop, MSW, Founder, University District Street Medicine
Download the PNHPWW September Meeting-Monthly Report - .doc - pdf


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




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

 



Video on Single Payer for Washington State

NEWLY UPDATED!

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



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 pnhp.westernwashington@comcat.net. 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 -
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%
- 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, 2015

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 amazon.com


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
by sending an email to pnhp.westernwashington@comcast.net. 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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