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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.



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PNHPWW February 15th Monthly Meeting


Going on the Offensive for Single Payer in 2017

Carol Paris, MD
President, Physicians for National Health Program
Skyped in from Nashville, Tennessee


For this meeting, we were fortunate to have Dr. Carol Paris, the new President of PNHP (see brief bio below), talk with us about opportunities to more froward towards single payer health care reform in these times of grave peril to our health threatened by the new administrtion and Congress.

Dr. Paris is a recently retired psychiatrist who worked for more than 25 years in private practice, community mental health, prison psychiatry, and academia. In the course of her experience, much of which was in Maryland, she became an outspoken critic of the private-insurance-based U.S. health care system. In May 2009, she and seven others stood up, one by one, at a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing on health care reform chaired by Sen. Max Baucus to ask why there wasn’t a single advocate for single-payer health care on the 41-member panel. In an action that received national media attention, Baucus had all eight peaceful protesters, including Dr. Paris, arrested. (Charges were eventually reduced, requiring only community service.) Dr. Paris subsequently toured the country as part of the “Mad as Hell Doctors” campaign for single payer, and spent a year as a consultant psychiatrist in New Zealand, where she experienced a single-payer system firsthand. She currently resides in Nashville, Tenn., where her primary interests include strategic activism, recruiting and mentoring medical students and early career physicians for leadership positions within PNHP, and building coalitions to strengthen the single-payer movement’s impact on the national health care debate. Dr. Paris obtained her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Download PNHPWW February Meeting-Monthly Report



Future Events:

February 28th Film Screening

Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus Auditorium, 7:00PM

This film is the follow-up to Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg's previous documentary, The Healthcare Movie (2011). Their new feature film has the goal of influencing the results of national and state level efforts to bring Single Payer healthcare to America! "We've now seen enough to know that insurance-based healthcare is not effective for keeping costs down and giving everyone access to needed medical care. Advocates are totally committed to changing the healthcare system, and polls indicate that the general public supports the idea of universal healthcare. So it should be a no-brainer, right? Well, no. Some of the obstacles are obvious. Big money. Fear of government. But there seems to be something more, like a fog that keeps people from moving forward together. What is so difficult about the idea of looking after each other? This film intends to expose the fog, and will leave viewers examining what it means to be an American and what it takes to step into action."

Producers Laurie Simons & Terry Sterrenberg will lead discussion.
Bob Wickline, who wrote songs for the film will perform before the screening.



Doors open at 6:30pm.
Co-sponsored by PNHPWW, HCFA-WA, and United for Single Payer and Whole Washington.

Watch trailer


March 1st, 7:30pm – Shoreline Democrats meeting discussion on single payer, Shoreline Library.

March 7th, 12-1pm – UW Campus, Roosevelt Bldg, 4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 308, Conference Room 357. John Geyman, MD, Prof Emeritus Family Medicine & PNHPWW Chapter mentor, will talk on the “Crisis in US Health Care” Threats of GOP Actions to Repeal, Replace or ‘Repair’ the ACA”



March 8th – International Women’s Day March

March 15th, 7:30PM – PNHPWW Monthly Meeting - Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus James Tower SECC

April 7th – International day of Action against Privatization of Health Care


Other News:

Still working to make our PNHPWW social media more useful. Please submit/share important info, articles, events to/on our Facebook site - https://www.facebook.com/pnhpww

Working on technology to live steam our monthly meetings on our You Tube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx_TkWg9tFnCKGnO9F-iEeQ -

New Seattle health care professional’s coalition

In process of forming in the Seattle area. Haven’t decided on a name yet. Most of the attendees of the initial two meetings are currently practicing physicians who are members of the National Physician’s Alliance and/or Doctors for America. “We feel that our patients (particularly our most vulnerable patients) face a high level of risk in the current political climate, and we want to advocate for them, particularly in the areas of health equity and access to healthcare.” The current priority for the group is to fight to preserve the ACA through lobbying representatives. “However, our scope is not limited strictly to the ACA or to action at the federal level. If we identify important opportunities for activism or advocacy on behalf of our patients at the state or local levels, we are open to pursuing those in the future as well.” “We hope to connect with physicians in other regions of the state/country, and also to collaborate with other physician activist groups.” Click here to be added to the group’s email list.

Two new national fight back coalitions:

1) HOPE - Health Over Profit for Everyonehttp://healthoverprofit.org; Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HealthOverProfit.org/; Twitter - https://twitter.com/H_O_P4E
Launched Feb 1st. focused on organizing for national SP legislation HR676. Initiated by Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese and others. New website with valuable information about advocacy and events. Will hold regular national conference calls starting Monday, February 13 at 9 pm Eastern/6 pm Pacific. These calls are open to everyone, but you must register to receive a number.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CALL.

These calls will provide political updates, educate about National Improved Medicare for All, discuss strategy and plan actions to change the political culture in the United States so that NIMA is the only politically viable solution.
Schedule of calls: Feb 13 – Dr. Robert Zarr, past president of Physicians for a National Health Program on the Basics of National Improved Medicare for All; Feb. 27 – Dr. Richard Bruno, topic to be announced.; March 13 – Primary care and advocacy; March 27 – "Speaking to Unlikely Supporters"

2) Campaign for Guaranteed Healthcare - launched on 1-26-17 by Healthcare-Now! – “a fight back coalition that will carry out a nationally-coordinated, large-scale and militant campaign to fight for single-payer healthcare”. https://campaignforguaranteedhealthcare.org

 




PNHPWW January 25th Monthly Meeting


This meeting was a report back from three attendees of the national Single Payer Strategy Conference held in New York City, January 13-15, focusing building strategy as we more forward in the Trump era. It was sponsored by Healthcare-NOW!, Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare and One Payer States. More than 500 attended.

Jim Squire, VP of PNHPWW and leader of United for Single Payer, Georgia Davenport of Whole Washington and Marcia Stedman of Health Care for All - Washington gave reports on their impressions & on the workshops they attended. It was a very enthusiastic conference & people left with a new sense of urgency and optimism given the need to repond to new administration and Congress attacks leaving a void in our health care system and a new opening for single payer at the national and state levels. The five single payer organizations in our area will sit down to figure out how to best work together to leverage our strengths for an offensive strategy as we move forward with single payer advocacy.

Download complete January Meeting and Monthly Report, that contains summaries to the presentations and discussion here - .doc - PDF
and audio links - Georgia - Marcia - Jim - What will happen in WA State if the ACA is repealed? - Where do we go from here?


Rand Study - "A Comprehensive Assessment of Four Options for Financing Health Care Delivery in Oregon" - PDF

Washington Post article by PNHP’s Himmelstein and Woolhandler -  “Repealing the Affordable Care Act will kill more than 43,000 people annually - The impact of Republicans' war on Obamacare is likely to be worse than anyone expects”


Whole Washington is new single-payer organization in WA. It is “a grassroots coalition of healthcare profeDescription: escription: Macintosh HD:Users:davidmclanahan:Desktop:15740792_348620255523521_4391742141953985974_n.pngssionals, activists and organizers with a common belief that healthcare is a human right, and Washington should be doing more to provide the best level of care to all residents.” It is working on a ballot initiative to bring single-payer healthcare to Washington State. For info - https://wholewashington.org
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/WholeWashington/



There are 15 Annual PNHP Meeting slideshows of the plenary presentations and workshops that you can review and use the information for local activities, presentations, LTE’s etc. You can see the list of slideshow topics with links to them by clicking here.

Suggested Reading : Health Reform in the Trump Era: A Big Step Back, But Possibilities for Bigger Steps Forward – Woolhandler and Himmelstein , Nov 16, 2016.


Defend health on the day Congress Votes to Repeal the ACA

PNHP and other organizations are in the planning stages for a national action on the day Congress votes to repeal the ACA. The actions being discussed would be held in front of health care institutions and clinics nationwide in support of health justice. The anticipated time frame would be towards the end of January. A Facebook page has been set up to help coordinate. You can follow and join the group here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/DefendHealth/

From the Facebook page:

Many in the health care community are appalled by the impending repeal of the ACA, and other aspects of the Trump agenda. The congressional repeal vote offers an important symbolic moment that could crystallize this sentiment in a public display of opposition and resistance by the health care community.

We envision events at health care institutions nationwide encompassing the spectrum of health care demands, notably:

1. Move forward from the ACA to universal coverage, not backwards through repeal.
2. Eradicate, rather than reinforce, the institutionalized racial discrimination that still mars our health care system.
3. Resist attacks on ethnic minorities, non-Christians and immigrants, and push to make health care institutions sanctuaries, assuring that information we collect to care for our patients is not used to harm them.
4. Defend and extend women's right to choose.
5. Defy the push to backtrack on LGBTQ rights.
6. Intensify, rather than abandon, efforts to reduce threats to the environment, especially climate change.




"Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point"

This powerful documentary that takes a look at how our health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians, and negatively impacting on the nation's health while remaining unaffordable for a third of US residents.

Film producer Richard Master, founder and owner of MCS industries, produced the film. He faces relentless annual cost increases to provide health insurance for his employees. "Fix It" is a result of his journey to find a solution to the dysfunctional US healthcare system.

You can watch the full movie for free here





Recent Literature of Note


10-Point Plan to Stop Trump and Make Gains in Justice and Equality
- George Lakey

Rand Study - "A Comprehensive Assessment of Four Options for Financing Health Care Delivery in Oregon" - PDF

Washington Post article by PNHP’s Himmelstein and Woolhandler -  “Repealing the Affordable Care Act will kill more than 43,000 people annually - The impact of Republicans' war on Obamacare is likely to be worse than anyone expects”


The Public Option is Back - 
Don McCanne's Comments - Sept 16, 2016

Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives — The Role of Health Professionals 
-  NEJM, October 12, 2016

Affordable Care Act: imploding and beyond repair - John Geyman. MD - The Hill, Oct 21, 2016



Physicians Proposal Released

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.







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



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


 

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
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*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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