Friday, July 18, 2014

NAT SINGLE PAYER STRATEGY CONFERENCE AGENDA now avail



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Healthcare-NOW!

We're excited to post a draft agenda for our huge strategy conference coming up in Oakland, California on the weekend of August 22-24! You can view the full list of workshops and plenary panels on our website here.

The conference will bring together three national single-payer networks – Healthcare-NOW!, the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer, and One Payer States – creating a unique opportunity this year for health justice activists.
 
There are less than three weeks left to book a discounted hotel room next to the conference, so make sure to go to the registration page, fill out your information, and follow the link to the hotel registration page.
 
We look forward to seeing you in Oakland!

In solidarity for single-payer,
Ben, Jeff, and Zoraida
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff

Healthcare-NOW! is a grassroots organization that addresses the health insurance crisis in the U.S. by educating and advocating for the passage of expanded and improved Medicare-for-all legislation, such as HR 676.

Healthcare-NOW! survives on the generosity of our supporters. Please consider making a donation or joining Healthcare-NOW! to support our efforts on our secure server.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SF,CA July 19 - Fix the VA - Don't Privatize it

3pm Sat. July 19 Meeting on the

Veterans Administration Healthcare System

518 Valencia San Francisco

 

I hope you attend out July 19 meeting on Healthcare for Veterans.

See leaflet pasted below.

leaflets.  Please let us know if you can attend and/or if you can help build the meeting.

We encourage you to forward this alert.

___ Yes, I plan to attend the July 19 meeting.

___ Yes, I can come at 2:30 to help set up.

___ Yes, I have forwarded this alert.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now

415-695-7891

Healthcare for Veterans

Privatization

Won't Fix the VA

First it was Social Security, then Medicare and Medicaid, and then the public health care option under Obamacare. Now, in the wake of recent allegations that veterans hospitals put patients on secret wait lists, Republicans are calling for the privatization of the Veterans Health Administration, the nation's largest public health care system which provides cost-effective and high quality care to 6.2 million veterans.

 

It is of course unacceptable if patients suffered as a result of any delays. But regardless of what went wrong at any VA facility, turning veterans over to private sector insurers and for-profit hospitals is not the solution.

 

With its salaried staff of nearly 280,000, the VA has long been a model for health care delivery. The VA's 152 hospitals, 900 clinics, 300 mental health centers, and other facilities — many located in rural areas that the private sector ignores — care for more than 230,000 people a day. In a recent survey of veterans for the American Customer Satisfaction Index, patients rated the system's services as equal to or better than private sector health care facilities.

518 Valencia

( one block west of 16th St BART and ½ block south of 16th St )

San Francisco

Sat. 3pm July 19

Speaker: Suzanne Gordon

Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, the American Prospect, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, and others.  She is the co-editor of the Culture and Politics of Healthcare Work series at Cornell University Press. - See more at: http://suzannecgordon.com/meet-suzanne/#sthash.3vsCLyJs.dpuf

Sponsored by Single Payer Now

For more information, call 415-695-7891 or email dbechler@value.net

www.singlepayernow.net

Wheelchair Accessible

Friday, July 11, 2014

SF,CA July 19 - Fix the VA Healthcare System



Single Payer Now

Attend and Build Our 3pm July 19 Meeting on the Veterans Administration Healthcare System
518 Valencia San Francisco
We need volunteers to call our phone tree


I hope you attend out July 19 meeting on Healthcare for Veterans.
See leaflet pasted below and attached.
We also could use your help calling our phone tree and posting leaflets. Please let us know if you can attend and/or if you can help build the meeting.
We encourage you to forward this alert.
___ Yes, I plan to attend the July 19 meeting.
___ Yes, I can come at 2:30 to help set up.
___ Yes, I can help call our phone tree. I will send you local names and a suggested script. Some people make 10 calls, some 20, some more. Let me know how many names you can make.
___ Yes, I can post the attached leaflet at my local coffee shop.
___ Yes, I have forwarded this alert.

Thank you.
Don Bechler
Chair – Single Payer Now
415-695-7891

Healthcare for Veterans
Privatization
Won't Fix the VA


First it was Social Security, then Medicare and Medicaid, and then the public health care option under Obamacare. Now, in the wake of recent allegations that veterans hospitals put patients on secret wait lists, Republicans are calling for the privatization of the Veterans Health Administration, the nation's largest public health care system which provides cost-effective and high quality care to 6.2 million veterans.

It is of course unacceptable if patients suffered as a result of any delays. But regardless of what went wrong at any VA facility, turning veterans over to private sector insurers and for-profit hospitals is not the solution.

With its salaried staff of nearly 280,000, the VA has long been a model for health care delivery. The VA's 152 hospitals, 900 clinics, 300 mental health centers, and other facilities — many located in rural areas that the private sector ignores — care for more than 230,000 people a day. In a recent survey of veterans for the American Customer Satisfaction Index, patients rated the system's services as equal to or better than private sector health care facilities.

518 Valencia
(one block west of 16th St BART and ½ block south of 16th St)
San Francisco
Sat. 3pm July 19
Speaker: Suzanne Gordon

Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, the American Prospect, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, and others.  She is the co-editor of the Culture and Politics of Healthcare Work series at Cornell University Press. - See more at: http://suzannecgordon.com/meet-suzanne/#sthash.3vsCLyJs.dpuf

Sponsored by Single Payer Now
For more information, call 415-695-7891 or email dbechler@value.net
www.singlepayernow.net
Wheelchair Accessible

Single Payer Now survives on the generosity of our supporters.
Please consider making a donation.

www.SinglePayerNow.net | 415-695-7891 | dbechler@value.net



Monday, July 7, 2014

CALIF-->SF July 10/11 Help send mail with Single Payer Now

Help Send Single Payer Now's Mail
Noon to 7pm Thurs/Fri July 10/11
2468 28th Ave in SF

 


We need your help sending out the mail on Thursday and/or Friday, July 10 and 11.  We will be working at the home of Barry Hermanson who lives at 2468 28th Ave in SF.  This is ½ block south of the L-Taraval MUNI line.  Parking is plentiful.
We will send out notices for our July 19 meeting on the Veterans Administration and for our July 30 meeting on expanding Medicare to everyone.
Please let us know when you can help.
___ Yes, on Thurs, July 10, between noon and 7pm, I can help send out the mail at Barry Hermanson's home at 2468 28th Ave in SF.
___ Yes, on Fri, July 11, between noon and 7pm, I can help send out the mail at Barry Hermanson's home at 2468 28th Ave in SF.
Thank you.
Don Bechler
Chair – Single Payer Now
415-695-7891
Healthcare for Veterans
Privatization
Won't Fix the VA
First it was Social Security, then Medicare and Medicaid, and then the public health care option under Obamacare. Now, in the wake of recent allegations that veterans hospitals put patients on secret wait lists, Republicans are calling for the privatization of the Veterans Health Administration, the nation's largest public health care system which provides cost-effective and high quality care to 6.2 million veterans.

 

It is of course unacceptable if patients suffered as a result of any delays. But regardless of what went wrong at any VA facility, turning veterans over to private sector insurers and for-profit hospitals is not the solution.

 

With its salaried staff of nearly 280,000, the VA has long been a model for health care delivery. The VA's 152 hospitals, 900 clinics, 300 mental health centers, and other facilities — many located in rural areas that the private sector ignores — care for more than 230,000 people a day. In a recent survey of veterans for the American Customer Satisfaction Index, patients rated the system's services as equal to or better than private sector health care facilities.
518 Valencia
( one block west of 16th St BART and ½ block south of 16th St )
San Francisco
Sat. 3pm July 19
Speaker: Suzanne Gordon
Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, the American Prospect, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, and others.  She is the co-editor of the Culture and Politics of Healthcare Work series at Cornell University Press. - See more at:http://suzannecgordon.com/meet-suzanne/#sthash.3vsCLyJs.dpuf
Sponsored by Single Payer Now
For more information, call 415-695-7891 or emaildbechler@value.net
Wheelchair Accessible                                                                       posted 7-1-14 labor donated

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SIGN THIS if u want to RETAIN YOUR RT to buy Rx's from abroad



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Can you imagine living in a country where people die, not because treatment isn't available, but because they can't afford the high price of medicine? Unfortunately, that alarming future America may be imminent. That's why we're writing to ask for your help. Sharon from Maryland says,

As you may know from our previous communications, the FDA is moving forward with a plan to seize and destroy personally imported medicine. In response, we're mobilizing our supporters: please contact Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health & Human Services, to express your opposition.

The proposed FDA rules regarding Section 708 of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act would give government officials the authority to destroy any imported drug valued at $2,500 or less. The rules directly endanger our ability to access affordable medicine from Canada and other countries.

The public comment period regarding the proposed rules ends July 7. Before then, we must make as much noise as possible around this issue. We need to stop the destruction of safe and affordable medicine! And for that to happen, we need people to stand up and speak out!

For the sake of public health, for people like Sharon in Maryland, please email Secretary Burwell today about this issue today. Tell her your story. Make her understand that cutting off access to safe and affordable imported medicine will harm you and/or your loved ones.

Sincerely,

Lee J. Graczyk
RxRights Lead Organizer

Contact RxRights:
advocate@rxrights.org
1-866-703-5442

 

RxRights is a national coalition concerned about the high cost of U.S. pharmaceuticals. We are dedicated to promoting and protecting American consumer access to sources of safe, affordable prescription drugs.










Monday, June 16, 2014

Fwd: SF June 25, Put Medicare for All on the 2016 Presidential Agenda



Wed. 6pm June 25 in SF

At the corner of Market, Hyde, and Grove.

Help Put Medicare for All

On the 2016 Presidential Election Agenda

Let Hillary Rodham Clinton Know

Healthcare Can Be Fixed by Passing HR 676

 


We need your help holding banners for Medicare for All when Hillary Clinton speaks in SF on June 25 at the Orpheum Theatre.

We will gather at the Burger King by the library where Market, Grove, and Hyde intersect.  This location has a MUNI and BART stop.

Clinton will be speaking on her book "Hard Choices".

We know she is running for president and this is a way for us to help put Medicare for All on the 2016 presidential election agenda. 

We will have banners that say

Easy Choice

Fix Healthcare – Pass HR 676

Medicare for All

Single Payer

Please let us know if you can help hold a banner.  This will let us know how many banners to make.

___ Yes, I can help hold a banner.
___ Yes, I can help call our phone tree.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now

415-695-7891

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

HEALTHCARE NOW NEEDS YOUR $ HELP

Healthcare Now Fundraiser
June 9, Monday 6:30pm
With Walter Tsou
Survival of Single Payer Grassroots
Your Help is Urgently Needed
(Location given upon RSVP)

 


Healthcare Now needs your financial help.  Healthcare Now, the national single payer group, is at a crucial moment in our fight for single payer healthcare.  We need immediate contributions and we need activists to become monthly donors to stabilize the movement.
Single Payer Now relies on Healthcare Now to send out thousands of alerts and to keep informed of the national efforts for movement building.
Please come to a fundraising party on June 9 at 6:30. 
Dr. Walter Tsou will speak on the need to fund the movement.
Walter is an advisor to Physicians for a National Health Program, a former president of the American Public Health Association, former Philadelphia Health Commissioner, current professor of health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and on the executive committee of Healthcare Now.
We are asking activists to make a contribution of $50 to $1000.
A contribution can be given with one payment or as monthly contributor.
See letter below for more information.
Please contact me for location of fundraiser.
___ Yes, I plan to attend the fundraiser.
I hope to see you Monday, June 9.
Thank you.
Don Bechler
Chair – Single Payer Now
415-695-7891

 

*Healthcare-NOW! needs your financial help today*. For years,
Healthcare-NOW! has provided the grassroots organizing and support for
single-payer advocates throughout the country. Our survival depends on
raising enough funds to operate effectively, and we need your
donations now [
].

 

Grant and institutional funding for single-payer health reform work
has become more difficult to secure since the passage of the
Affordable Care Act, but *there has never been a more critical time
for Healthcare-NOW! to push ahead with building the grassroots base
needed to be successful in achieving our goal*.

 

Various professional organizations and affiliations have relied on
Healthcare-NOW! to provide that grassroots backbone that pushes us
ever closer to the day when an improved and expanded Medicare for all
for life will be a reality. Many of those groups support our work, and
we are grateful for that support. Additionally, our volunteer board
members donate their funds and their time to Healthcare-NOW! as
generously as they are each able.

 

Healthcare-NOW!'s work is done in the most cost-effective ways
possible, but *unless we raise significant funds in the very near
future, Healthcare-NOW! may face difficult operational decisions*. We
need you to help us with this urgent need for funding [
]. Rest assured that our board members and staff are working
diligently to stabilize our financial situation and to lead us on to
more grassroots success.

 

We are looking forward to a busy summer, including our end of July
Medicare anniversary actions as well as the groundbreaking National
Strategy conference in August that will bring Healthcare-NOW! together
with the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare and One Payer
States in Oakland, CA.

 

*Donate today* [
]*.*

 

In single-payer solidarity,
Your Healthcare-NOW board and staff

 

P.S. Recurring donations offer us the best chance to budget more
evenly and plan our work, so if you are able to do so, please sign up
to be a regular donor [
].

 

Healthcare-NOW! is a grassroots organization that addresses the health
insurance crisis in the U.S. by educating and advocating for the
passage of expanded and improved Medicare-for-all legislation, such as
HR 676.

 

 

Healthcare-NOW! survives on the generosity of our supporters. Please
consider making a donation or joining Healthcare-NOW! to support our
efforts on our secure server.