Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fwd: CALL TO ACTION! The Fight to Win Medicare-for-All Continues...

Campaign for a Healthy California
Campaign for a Healthy California

The Fight to Win Medicare-for-All Continues…

CHC and NNU Organizer Pilar Schiavo testifies for Medicare for All to the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee.

Last Friday the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee rejected "Medicare for All", which would provide a single-standard of improved healthcare for all. An improved Medicare for All system is the best way to address the current gaps in our healthcare system. Nearly 29 million people in America are uninsured — in addition to 31 million under-insured Americans saddled with steep deductibles, co-pays, and reduced hospital and physician options. Determined by a 7-to-6 vote, the Committee's decision signifies their failure to represent 81% of Democrats and nearly 60% of all Americans supporting Medicare for All.

In his critical response to the DNC's vote against Medicare for All, Dr. Cornel West said, "Right now, given the magnificent breakthrough of the Affordable Care Act, [healthcare] is not a right. It's still a privilege if 29 million fellow citizens do not have access to it...[Bernie Sanders] is after our universal right in the way that voting rights are a right — it's not market-based. And we're not there yet. And we just voted against it."

Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director of National Nurses United stated that the Platform Committee's attempt to endorse the concept of health care as a right is "meaningless — little more than empty rhetoric without a specific plan of how to make sure every American will have the guarantee of receiving the care they need."

The fight for universal health care is far from over as last Friday's meeting was just the first step in the process. The full Platform Committee, consisting of delegates around the country, will receive amendments to the platform draft at their meeting in Orlando on July 8th-9th. 

It's time to increase pressure and demand that our voices are heard! Sign and share the petition for Medicare for All so we can deliver thousands of additional signatures to the full Platform Committee on July 8th in Orlando. Please join nurses and healthcare advocates on Twitter and Facebook and push for #MedicareForAll at #DNC2016!



Sunday, June 26, 2016

What Cowardice Looks Like

The Democratic Party's Platform Drafting Committee rejected "Medicare for All" by a 7-to-6 vote on Friday night. The vote is a slap in the face to the 81% of Democrats who support Medicare for All.

Many believed that the Platform process would be a means of unifying the Clinton and Sanders campaigns by incorporating key Sanders proposals. The drafting committee was anything but: single-payer was one of dozens of amendments put forward by Committee members appointed by Bernie Sanders, only to be shot down by appointees of Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz. The committee also voted against supporting a federal $15 minimum wage, opposition to fracking, and even opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which both Clinton and Sanders agree on.

You can watch the full debate and vote here, along with a scathing rebuke by Cornel West:

Friday's meeting was just the first step in the process, and the Platform draft can receive further amendments from the full Platform Committee 2 weeks from now, which consists of delegates from around the country. Finally, the Platform can be amended on the Convention floor before being adopted by the full party.

With a coalition of national allies and mounting grassroots pressure, we will drag the Democratic Party kicking and screaming into a commitment on healthcare justice!

Benjamin Day
Executive Director

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sign Petition Now to Tell Democratic Party -- Support Medicare for All!

Campaign for a Healthy California
Campaign for a Healthy California

Sign Petition to Win Medicare for All in CA

Healthcare is a Human RightWhile the nation's primaries come to a close, the national debate on how to fix our broken healthcare system continues. Please join the Campaign for a Healthy California, National Nurses United, Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Progressive Democrats of America and Healthcare-NOW! to call on the Democratic Party to include Medicare for All in the official Democratic Platform, which will be voted on at their convention July 25-28.

The United States spends over 2.5 times what other industrialized countries spend on healthcare—and while they cover everyone, we still have millions who cannot afford medications or go to the doctor when they need to. We know 58% of all Americans support and 81% of Democrats support Medicare for All.Those numbers tell us that Medicare for All should be a part of the Democratic Party platform—but it will only happen if we make our voices heard!

Here are 3 steps you can take to get Medicare for All included in the official Democratic Party Platform:

  1. Sign our petition here to tell the Democratic Party that it's time to support healthcare for all!
  2. Submit your written testimony/story to the Democratic Platform Committee on why they need to include Medicare for All in the official Democratic Platform here.
  3. Send your video testimony/story on why we need Medicare for All via Skype to the Democratic Platform Committee here.

Strong collective action is the best way to build a better healthcare system that includes all of us.

Sign Our Petition Today!

Thank you for taking the time to make your voice heard!




Fwd: Single Payer Advocates shut out of DC hearing

The DNC strikes again!

The Democratic National Committee announced that in an effort to make "this year's platform process the most representative and inclusive in history", they would be holding public hearings, accepting written, video, and in-person testimony to the platform drafters.

But as it turns out, these hearings aren't so "public". The DNC is hand-picking testimony beforehand, and at the D.C. hearing yesterday, single payer was iced out. 

Sign the petition to the Democratic Party: Put "Medicare for All" on the party platform

A group of single payer organizations decided to get together and fight back! National Nurses United, Progressive Dems of America, Healthcare-NOW and Campaign for a Healthy California are circulating this petition to their members - together, representing hundreds of thousands of patients and providers.

You can help us put single payer back on the agenda:

Step 1: Sign the petition

Step 2: Share on Facebook

Step 3: Share on Twitter

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Modern Healthcare Poll - Vote Now!

National Nurses United
National Nurses United

Please Vote Today for NNU and RoseAnn DeMoro in the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare Poll

NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro

Please vote today for NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro in the annual Modern Healthcare poll on the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

Modern Healthcare, a healthcare industry publication, conducts an annual poll on the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare—and the poll is underway.

Please vote today. Then, please get your co-workers, friends, and family to vote as well. Go here to vote and click on the Next button at the bottom of the page.   

As Modern Healthcare focuses on the healthcare, most of the nominees are healthcare corporate executives, along with well known politicians.

Electing RoseAnn is an important recognition of the essential work of NNU, and RoseAnn's achievements in fighting for nurses, patients, and healthcare, economic, and environmental justice.

Her election in these polls sends a message to your employer and the industry as a whole.
Please add your voice.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

SF Mon June 4 - Help SPNow Sanders rally (Dave Matthews band + more!!

Help Campaign for Medicare

Mon Noon, June 6

Crissy Field in SF

At Bernie Sanders Rally & Concert


We need your help campaigning for Medicare for All on Monday, June 6.  Bernie Sanders is having a rally at Crissy Field in SF.  Bernie is helping our movement tremendously by promoting single payer healthcare. 

(See Sanders announcement below)

We will be asking people to sign a postcard for the national Medicare for All (HR 676) legislation.   Besides sending the postcards to congress members, we will send a mailing to the postcard signers to participate in the campaign for Medicare with our organization, Single Payer Now.

In the last week, we have collected 1415 postcards at 6 Bernie Sanders rallies. 

The best time to collect postcards is while people are waiting in line before the security gates open. 

I will be on the corner of Old Mason St and Lyon.  This is at the entrance to the Presidio.  This is where Marina Blvd becomes Old Mason St. 

Please let us know if you can help.  This allows us to know how many clipboards and postcards to bring. 

My cell phone is 415-810-5826. 


Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now



From the Sanders campaign.

Bernie is hosting a GOTV concert in San Francisco on the night before the California primary with special guests Dr. Cornel West, Shailene Woodley, Danny Glover and performances by Dave Matthews, Fantastic Negrito, Fishbone, and John Dexter Stewart — join us!

With the California primary coming up on June 7, we need everyone to join the political revolution. Here are the details:

A Future to Believe In San Francisco GOTV Concert
Monday, June 6

Doors open at 3:30 pm

Crissy Field in the Presidio

San Francisco, CA


Click here for more details and to RSVP »

These events are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served. All guests should enter the park from the east via Old Mason Street or the San Francisco Bay Trail. Sunscreen and field appropriate footwear recommended. For security reasons, please do not bring bags, and limit what you bring to small personal items like keys and cell phones. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners on sticks will not be allowed through security.

No guest parking is available at Crissy Field. Limited paid parking is available at the Presidio Main Post (see PresidiGo shuttle information below) and on streets and parking lots outside of the Presidio. Guests are strongly encouraged to use public transportation, bike, walk, Uber, Lyft, taxi, etc. Drop-off site for Uber, Lyft, taxi, or personal vehicle is located near 1199 East Beach, at Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129. For public transit, take SF MUNI 43 to Presidio Transit Center and transfer to the free PresidiGo Shuttle Crissy Field Route (service ends at 7 pm), or use stop at Richardson Ave & Francisco St serviced by MUNI routes 28, 28R, 76X, 91, as well as Golden Gate Transit routes 2, 4, 8, 10, 18, 24, 27, & 38.

We want to make sure you don't miss this chance to see Bernie — RSVP now and support the Bernie revolution.

Look forward to seeing you there!

California for Bernie

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Oakland Mon May 30- 3:30 - Campaign for Medicare for All at Bernie Sanders rally

To Oakland, California folks --

Help Collect Medicare for All Postcards

3:30pm Mon May 30

Oakland – Frank Ogawa Plaza

14th St and Broadway

I hope you can help us build the movement for Medicare for All when Bernie Sanders comes to Oakland on Mon. May 30.

He will be speaking in Oakland at the Frank Ogawa Plaza

The Plaza is 2 blocks north of the 12st BART.

I will be there on the SW corner of 14th and Broadway at 3:30.

My cell phone is 415-810-5826.


We will be asking people to sign a Medicare for All postcard.  The cards are addressed to President Obama, but we will mail them to Congress Members.  The Sanders campaign is an excellent way to organize for HR 676 (Medicare or All).


Please let me know if you can help.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now