PNHPWW February 19th Monthly Meeting
"The DUH Campaign - Drive for Universal Health Care"
We were fortunate to have Laurie Simaons and Terry Sterrenberg, well known producers of the The Health Care Care Movie, talk about their motivation and experiences gathered on their Drive for Universal Healthcare campaign (DUH) which took them to eight states on the Eastern seaboard and mid-West last September. They drove, in a caravan at times, showing their movie, gave presentations and engaged with lots of people on the streets, and elsewhere along the way. See the report for a summary of their talk and the lively discussion during the well-appreciated evening with us.
The meeting also approved the slate of candidates for the 2014 PNHPWW Board of Directors. Appreciation for their service was extended to retiring 2013 Board members Nancy Spaeth, Marti Schmidt, and Joie Meissner; new Board members Bill McQuaid, Jill Bolduc, and Darius Fullmer were welcomed. Click here for a look at the current Board.
Sherry Weinberg was elected as 2014 Board President at the February Board meeting. Jim Squire was thanked for his contributions as 2013 President & will continue on the Board as Past-President PNHPWW.
Next PNHPWW Meeting – March 19, 7pm, Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus, Conference Center Auditorium (directions)
PNHPWW February Meeting Meeting Monthly Report - Word.Doc - PDF
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
PNHPWW participated in the very impressive Jan 20th, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration - theme - "Rise Up! Restore the Dream!" We collaborated with United for Single Payer to presented a workshop titled "The Dream of Health Care Justice, moving beyond the ACA." Jim Squire was the moderator, with presentations from Marti Schmidt talking about HCHR principles and about the forming HCHR Alliance; Sherry Weinberg talked about the Washington Health Security Trust, followed by discussion. The emphasis was on building the grassroots movement for single payer. The workshop was packed and very well recieved.
PNHPWW had a table with literature and for gathering contact info in the lobby. We collected 19more photos for the Health Care is a Human Right Photo Petition database (now totally 80).
As in past celebrations, PNHPWW marched, carrying our banner. Seattle's MLK march is the largest in the US drawing around 5000 participants.
PNHPWW January 15th Monthly Meeting
"Planning for PNHPWW Activities in 2014"
The Jan 15th meeting focused on planning for 2014, including the PNHPWW Annual Public Meeting that will probably be in April.
2014 is a year that is shaping up with real opportunities to push single payer, health care for all, forward in our state and nation.
PNHPWW January Meeting-Monthly Report - Word.Doc - PDF
Congratulations to Dr. Ramon Alejandro Bernal
Seattle's first graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana - July, 2013
|Ramon was born in 1982 in Jalisco, Mexico and came to Seattle with his parents in 1993. He attended Denny Middle School and West Seattle High School. The first one in his family to complete high school, Ramon finished a Pre Med course at Seattle University while working at a Rainier Valley grocery. However, medical school seemed financially impossible.
Through the internet, Ramon learned about the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba, where thousands of young people from around the world receive a completely free medical education. Part of the agreement with ELAM is that, after graduation, students return to their homelands to provide medical care to their underserved communities. He applied through the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization that recruits for ELAM in the United States. He was accepted by IFCO and then he was offered a position by ELAM.
Ramon left for Havana in August 2007. PNHPWW committed to help support his education and provide a means for his reports back so we, and others, could follow his progress and the incredible journey he experienced. Posted on this web site are 39 reports with photos over his six years at ELAM.
Ramon graduated in July, 2013. He is pictured here with his wife and fellow student and wife Blanca - who have just welcomed a baby girl into their lives. We are hoping Dr. Bernal chooses Seattle as the home for his skills and dedication to others.
Click here to listen to a 2012 interview with Ramon on KBCS radio, with Jill Bolduc
New Multimedia - Not to Miss
|Dr. David Himmelstein on "What would universal healthcare look like in the US?"
Click here to watch
|PNHP board member and pediatrician Dr. Robert Zarr, along with graphic design student Kaylen Larson, released a short film about the state of the healthcare crisis in the United States, and why HR 676 is the "Cure All" to what ails us. Click here to watch.
a distinguished group of contributers including John Geyman, MD; Don McCanne, MD; David Himmelstein, MD; Steffie Woolhandler, MD; David Gimlett, MD; Pippa Abston, MD; Philip Caper, MD; Joshua Freeman, MD; Stephen Kimble, MD; Sam Metz, MD; Joe Silerman, MD; Rob Stone, MD; William Williams, MHA
PNHPWW November 20th Monthly Meeting
Updated for the Nov 2013 PNHP Annual Meeting! Himmelstein and Woolhandler PNHP Slideshows - Long Set - Short Set
|Five of our members attended the Nov 2nd PNHP Annual Meeting in Boston - "Protecting Caregiving from the Market: A Roadmap to Single Payer." Our PNHPWW November 20th meeting focused on report backs & discussion of the highlights of the plenary sessions, workshops and ad hoc meetings.
PNHPWW Nov 20th Meeting - Monthly Report - Word.Doc - PDF
(The links only word on the Word.Doc)
The Health Care Comparison Ruler
||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...
On Saturday, July 27th, the Medicare 48th Birthday Celebration was a lively success. The parade was led by the "One Love" marching band and featured the "Labor Chorus,"street theater, and Paul Bigman speaking at several stops about the value of Medicare and the necessity to extend it to everyone. We marched along the route for the Seafair parade later in the day, from the Seattle Center, past Westlake Park, through Pike Market to Victor Streinbrueck Park.To see the video - click here http://youtu.be/pO9jEdXO82A.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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"
""Unraveling the Crisis in American Healthcare"
Joie Meissner, ND, is the author of a three part series in the Official Newsletter of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Meissner is a PNHPWW Board member and primary care physician in Seattle's Capital Hill area. Her personal interests include food safety, securing a universal healthcare system and clinical research on multiple sclerosis at Bastyr University. Joie, begins her series:
"As N.D.s most of us are sole proprietors or in small group practices where we may feel cut off from the larger healthcare system. Yet what happens in the reform of our larger healthcare system will have an enormous impact not only on our practices and our patients, but also on our friends, families and on our own lives."
To Read Part 1- "Unraveling the Crisis in American Healthcare" - click here
To Read Part 2 - "Single Payer: A Universal Plan that Curbs Obscene Costs" - click here
Part 3 in press - "How Natural Medicine May Fare in the Universal Single-Payer Health Care's Envisaged Intersetion with Natural Medicine" - click here
Bob Wickline's Medicare for All Media Campaign
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MEDICARE!
MAD AS HELL DOCTORS
"Save Medicare as we know it,
and expand it into Medicare as we need it~
Improved MediCare for ALL!"
Let's celebrate the anniversary of Medicare with another Mad As Hell Doctors' "MediCare for ALL" National Radio Campaign! Log onto and stream WCPT Progressive Radio to hear both of the 60-second, "MediCare for ALL" musical open letters by Bob Wickline & Friends during some of America's most popular progressive radio programs. Click here to listen now to for #1 and #2 (Written and produced by Bob Wickline/Cascade Mountain Music).
WCPT streams out of Chicago. You can hear all the progressive talk radio hosts that were on Seattle's AM1090 before it switched to sports talk.
If you have questions or suggestion, please please email Bob
Help US keep the dream & stream alive @ Mad As Hell Doctors.com.
Every contribution helps!
Recent Opinion and Information
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% - 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
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 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
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