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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.
Seattle City Council Resolution to Support and Expand Social Security and Medicare
PNHPWW was part of a coalition of organizations, led by Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, that previously met with four Council members and later gave testimony at the June 13 Council meeting where the resolution was discussed and passed unanimously. The plan is to work with other municipalities across the state to pass similar resolutions. The “Resolveds:”
Resolved, that the Seattle City Council goes on record calling for the expansion of Social Security benefits to address the growing crisis of financial insecurity among present and future Social Security recipients, and be it further
The PNHPWW May 18th Monthly Meeting featured a very interesting discussion with Andy Coates, MD, Immediate Past President, PNHP and member of the Working Group on Single-Payer Program Design that produced the recently released "Beyond the Affordable Care Act: A Physicians’ Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care Reform.” Andy was Skyped in from his home in upstate New York.
The updated Physicans Proposal was released May 5th via the American Journal of Public Health. Several PNHP leaders were involved in the writing. More than 2,200 physicians have endorsed it so far, including 111 in Washington State. You can download the PNHP press release here The full text is available here and PNHP has released a Summary and Fact Sheet.
Statement by Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., on Physicians’ Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care, May 5, 2016
Long before Senator Sanders’ entered the presidential race, my colleagues and I – Dr. Gaffney, Dr. David Himmelstein, and Dr. Marcia Angell (the former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine) – convened a blue ribbon panel of doctors to develop a plan that would fix the glaring problems that our patients continue to face despite the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Twenty-seven million Americans are still uninsured and that number is not expected to fall. Tens of millions with insurance face sky-high copayments and deductibles that would bankrupt them if they were seriously ill. And many more have narrow network plans that won’t cover care at top cancer hospitals or academic medical centers – even when they offer the best option for life saving care.
Meanwhile, profit-driven insurers and hospital chains increasingly dominate health care. And insurers’ growing demands for documentation wastes doctors and nurses time, and saps their morale. While these trends predated the ACA, the law fueled merger- mania, and added bureaucratic complexity and cost.
The alternative we developed (which has been endorsed by more than 2,200 physician colleagues) calls for radical change; a single-payer national health program.
Our plan would cover everyone for all medically necessary care, without copayments or deductibles. And it would guarantee Americans the right to choose any doctor or hospital.
Our nation can readily afford this if we replace today’s wasteful patchwork of insurance plans with a streamlined single-payer system. My colleagues and I have documented the enormous bureaucratic costs of the current system in research published in the most respected medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the JAMA, The American Journal of Public Health and Health Affairs.
Today, private insurers take 12.3 percent of total premiums for their overhead; only 88 cents of every premium dollar reaches a doctor, hospital or pharmacy. And insurers inflict massive paperwork on doctors and hospitals, forcing them to spend one- quarter of their total revenues on billing and administration.
In contrast, insurance overhead is only 1.8 percent in Canada’s single-payer system, about the same as overhead in Medicare. And Canadian hospitals have administrative costs less than half those of their U.S. counterparts. That’s because Canadian hospitals are paid annual global budgets, like fire departments, instead of billing separately for each Band-Aid and aspirin tablet. And billing is simple and inexpensive for Canadian physicians.
Overall, a single payer would save between $400 billion and $500 billion annually by trimming administrative spending to Canadian levels. Moreover, as in other nations, the single payer could use its purchasing power to lower drug prices, saving tens of billions more each year. These savings could fully cover the new costs of the coverage expansions we propose, a conclusion in keeping with past estimates by the Government Accountability Office, the Congressional Budget Office, and private consulting groups (including one owned by UnitedHealthcare).
We have the resources needed to provide excellent care for all Americans; an abundance of hospitals and sophisticated equipment; superbly trained doctors and nurses; prodigious research output; and generous health care funding. Yet only thoroughgoing reform can realize the healing potential that is currently thwarted by our dysfunctional health care financing system.
Dr. Woolhandler is an internist in the Bronx, a professor of public health at the City University of New York at Hunter College, and a lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she previously served as a professor of medicine. She co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program, a nonpartisan organization that advocates single-payer reform.
With Cuba in the news recently, we'll took a look at Cuba's health care system and what relevance it may have for how we take care of our underserved populations. We were lucky to have Carlos Dominguez as our speaker and discussion leader.
After his early years in El Salvador and Guatemala, Carlos immigrated to the US at age 21. He received an MPH at UW. He’s visited Cuba twice, most recently with his daughter who is a college student.
Rather than attempting to summarize, we’ve put the slides and audio on YouTube for wide dissemination - https://youtu.be/l6HW0SpqOpw
We discussed the 2016 PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting and reviewed selected clips of the talks by John Nichols and Donna Smith as lead points for discussion (length 13 min - available here - https://youtu.be/SbLovdfWluM) and then watched some clips from Quentin Young's life, including his role in the founding of our chapter and short clips from his talks at our 2007 and 2012 APM's (length 15 minutes - available here - https://youtu.be/gAI1TO-G56g
Quentin Young at Occupy Washington DC, November, 2012
During this disquieting political season when wildly differing views on how to achieve social justice are front page almost every day, we pause to pay tribute to Quentin Young, MD, who passed away on March 7th at the age of 92. He has been the beacon for social justice and racial equality in the US for more than 60 years, especially in health care. Dr. Young was Chief of Staff at Cook County Hospital during the turbulent 50's and 60's. He fought a winning battle for an end of racial segregation in Chicago hospitals and for awarding staff privileges for black physicians. He co-founded the Medical Committee for Human Rights that was formed to fight discrimination in the north and provide medical support to civil rights workers in the South who were putting their heath and very lives on the line. He personally provided medical support in Mississippi, marched in Selma with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was personal physician to MLK when he was in Chicago (as well as Mayor Harold Washington and author Studs Terkel).
PNHPWW 2016 Annual Public Meeting
John Nichols, of The Nation Magazine and Donna Smith, Executive Director of Health Care for All Colorado and ED of Progressive Democrats of America were speakers at our 11th PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting on Saturday, February 20th at the UW Campus, Kane Hall. This meeting was co-sponsored by the Students for a National Health Program - UW Chapter. The theme was “Fixing Health Care: Principles Versus Profits." The presentations and discussions were awesome and inspiring. The video of the meeting was recorded by Mike McCormick of talkingsticktv - see links below. A big shout-out to Mike for volunteering to do this for us for the past several years. See also his interview with Donna Smith on his Mind over Matter, KEXP, 90.3FM program, airing every Saturday morning at 7:30AM.
John Nichols is Senior National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation Magazine. He's a wonderfully engaging speaker who has studied the national political scene many years. He caught us up-to-date on the recent Clinton/Sanders political debate around the economics of single-payer and expressed guarded optomism on the way things are headed for various social justice issues and the "movement of Movements." For example, Bernie Sanders typically wins 80% of under age 40 voters.
You can watch the entire program or parts of it:
The Entire Program program - 1hour :58 minutes - https://youtu.be/AMsXAwBM8lA
Begin-Sherry Weinberg introduces evening - 00:00
Jim McDermott's Welcome - 01:58
Ritu Call on Students for a National Health Program - UW - 6:15
|Donna Smith - Donna Smith - 09:46 click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqxy5G84smw||John Geyman presents the John Geyman Health Justice Advocate Award
to Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg - 35:24
|John Nichols - 43:00 - click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyuZZFzx9wI|
|Hugh Foy pictches contribution for the cause of shealth care for all - 1:18:42||Panel Discussion; Q&A - 1:27:20|
Donna Smith interview with Mike McCormick, Mind over Matters, KEXP, 90.3FM
|Donna Smith interview with Mike McCormick, Mind over Matters, KEXP, 90.3FM - 26 minutes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk4NYtFdpWw|
Renaissance the Poet, aka Michael Moynihan, was our dynamic speaker.
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.
|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|
“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.
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
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"
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"
PNHPWW April 22nd Monthy Meeting
"Health Care Inequities: What we can do about it"
Jim Page writes and performs two new song on health care
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.
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.
In the News
Economic Analysis of New York Health Act
Gerald Friedman, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Economics, U. Massachusetts, at Amherst
John Geyman's Latest Book
|"Although many had high hopes for ObamaCare, as John Geyman shows us the human faces, we realize that reform fell too short for too many. He shows us not only those human faces but also the pained face of health care justice. He provides us with an understanding of what is wrong with our system, and then describes options for the future. He encourages us all to participate in the reform dialogue so that we can finally get this right. "The Human Face of ObamaCare" is a great place to start." --- Don McCanne, MD|
John's most recent previous books How Obamacare is Unsustainable - Why we need a Single-Payer Solution for All Americans documents where the ACA fails and the fix we need. 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
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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 Geyman, 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
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
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