Friday, October 2, 2015

Senator Grills Insurance CEOs at Hearing

On September 22nd, the Senate Judiciary Committee called Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini and Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish to testify on the companies' proposed mergers with Cigna and Humana. While much of the testimony offered was critical of the move - former FTC official and management professor Leemore Dafney stated plainly that "there's no good evidence out there that scale is associated with lower premiums or improvements in plan quality" - Senator Al Franken was the one who really turned up the heat. Watch the CEOs squirm in our favorite clip from the day:

The mergers, which would reduce the number of major insurance companies from five to only three, will be reviewed by the Justice Department before the deals close later in 2016. You can speak up for patients by signing the petition asking U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to block these deals and push for a single-payer system for all!

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Yours in solidarity,
Ben and Stephanie
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oakland,CA-->Sept 13, Campaign for Medicare for All

Campaign for Medicare for All

Sunday 9:30 to Noon, Sept 13

At Oakland's Pride Celebration

14th St and Broadway

(12th St BART in Oakland)


I hope you can help us collect postcards for HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, this Sunday at Oakland's Pride Celebration.  The most lucrative time is from 9:30am to 10:30am just before the parade begins at 10:30.  People will be milling around and open to discussions. 

We will then move to 20th St and Broadway at the entrance to the festival.  The festival entrance fee is $10 if you choose to go in.

My cell phone on Sunday is 415-810-5826.

I hope to see you Sunday. 

Please let me know if you can help.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now


Friday, August 7, 2015

CMS 50th Anniversary Celebration of MEDICARE in Baltimore Tues. Sept. 8, 2015

Register to Join Us! -- 50th Anniversary Celebration Tues. Sept. 8, 2015

Register Now!

The CMS Office of Minority Health invites you to join a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid and 30th anniversary of the 1985 Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health (Heckler Report):




The conference will discuss the steps CMS is taking to reduce disparities, improve the quality of care, and forge new frontiers in our programs to reduce disparities in the post-Heckler world.


WHEN:       Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. ET

WHERE:     Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

                    CMS Auditorium

                    7500 Security Boulevard

                    Baltimore, MD 21244 

Register now to join the celebration!


How to Contact CMS OMH


Sign up for Minority Health listserv:

HCNow asking for donation - almost met their goal

We're just $500 short of meeting our online fundraising goal for August. Can you help us reach the finish line by becoming a Healthcare Justice Sustainer, which means signing up for a small monthly donation? A $20 sustainer counts as $200 towards our fundraising goals, so you can make a major impact by donating a few cups of coffee per month.

Here at Healthcare-NOW we recently had to change our health plan for staff, and I learned yesterday that my primary care doctor for the past decade is now out-of-network. There are no physicians in my neighborhood who are who are in-network and accepting new patients. This is far from the worst insult I've experienced from our healthcare system, but it's a stark reminder that private health insurance is in a race to the bottom, and in the process we are all losing accessible, fair, and affordable care.

Thank you for supporting our work to make healthcare a right through a single-payer healthcare system!

Benjamin Day
Executive Director

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Join the National Nurses' Conversation with Senator Bernie Sanders!

National Nurses United
National Nurses United

National Nurses' Conversation with
Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders—a champion of Medicare for all, national nurse-to-patient ratios, collective bargaining rights for RNs, Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street, and more—is inviting nurses to take part in a live, nationally broadcast conversation, held at the National Nurses United office in Oakland, CA.

When:  Monday, Aug. 10
3 pm EDT/ 2 pm CDT/ 12 pm PDT

Join in, and you can help shape the role of nurses' values in the upcoming political landscape. 

To be part of the conference call, please RSVP at:
Provide conference ID 366260 and then your name, email, and state.
You'll then be sent the dial-in number.

Watch the conversation LIVE on our website here.

This is an exciting time and hope you can join us Monday. 

Thank you

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Medicare 50th Anniversary Events Thurs - STREAMING LIVE

National Nurses United

Medicare turns 50 on Thursday. Can't make a rally?
Celebrate virtually!

Nurses, patients, community leaders, state representatives, Senator Bernie Sanders — they're all turning out Thursday for a 25-city-strong day of action marking 50 years of Medicare and calling for this critical program to be expanded to cover everyone. Can't make it out in person? If you're unable to attend one of our events, you can watch a live stream of the rallies in Oakland and Los Angeles—as well as in Washington, DC where Sen. Sanders will be speaking. Don't miss this powerful day, celebrating healthcare as a human right.

Washington, DC: Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave NW, 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.
Live stream:

Oakland, CA: March: Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11am,
Rally: Dellums Federal Building, 1:15 pm
Live Stream:

Los Angeles: LA Trade Tech, 400 W. Washington Blvd., 4–6:30 p.m. PT
Live Stream:

Partial list of other NNU events:

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THURSDAY --> Bernie Sanders to Kick-Off Medicare's 50th!

Bernie to Speak at Rally and Lobby Day
Thursday, 9:00 AM EST
Exciting news! Senator Bernie Sanders is scheduled to speak in D.C. tomorrow at the Rally and Lobby Day for Medicare's 50th Anniversary. The event will be live-streamed and is scheduled from 9AM-11AM, and he is expected to go on at 9:45.
New Looks for Healthcare-NOW!
Thursday, 1:00 PM EST
Medicare at 50: A Cost-Effective and Compassionate Model will be hosted by Rep. John Conyers and feature Rep Donna Edwards, Rep. Jim McDermott, and many activists from our movement. Click to live-stream through youtube!
A Third Topics
Thursday, ALL DAY!
Having celebrity star power is a great asset - but Medicare for All will be won by YOU. Over 70 actions in 24 states have been planned - find one near you and join Bernie, Bill, and thousands of activists all over the country in calling to Protect, Improve, and Expand Medicare to All!