Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fwd: Make Medicare's 50th Anniversary Epic!

Can you imagine if we didn't have Medicare, and seniors were forced to fend for themselves on the private insurance market like everyone else under age 65, destroying the prospects of retirement and aging with dignity?

Already, 20 major actions are being planned across the country for Medicare's 50th anniversary to make sure this doesn't happen, and to expand and advance the movement for single-payer healthcare!

For the next month only, Physicians for a National Health Program will match your donation to Healthcare-NOW! in support of our work to improve & expand Medicare to everyone.

If you become a Healthcare Justice Sustainer, making a recurring monthly donation, PNHP will match your donation 10 times! This means a $15 per month recurring donation will trigger a one-time $150 donation from PNHP.

We are so excited to work with you and all of our allies to make Medicare's 50th an epic success, bringing new organizations and individuals into the movement, and setting the framework for media coverage of this seminal event. We can only be successful with your support, though, so thank you for keeping us going!

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

Thursday, April 2, 2015

CALIF! Apr 13-Bus to Sacramento for Hcr Rally / NEW BILL IN STATE LEGIS!

March & Rally for Healthcare

Sacramento, Mon. Apr. 13

Reserve a seat on our bus. 

Pick-ups at 8am in SF, 8:30am at Ashby BART in Berkeley, and 9:00am in Richmond.

 


I hope you can take the bus with us on Monday April 13 to Sacramento to rally for Single Payer Healthcare and Healthcare for the Undocumented.  State Senator Lara has introduced Senate Bill 4 to make undocumented Californians eligible for state healthcare programs. 

The rally is being organized by the Healthcare4All Coalition and the All Care Alliance.

Please reserve a seat on the bus by contacting Don Bechler at 415-695-7891 or on his cell phone at 415-810-5826.

The schedule for the day is:

8:00am sharp. Bus leaves SF on Fulton between Hyde & Larkin.  Fulton is between the main library and the Asian Art Museum near Civic Center.  It is one short block from the Civic Center BART station or you can park in the Civic Center garage. 

8:30am.  Bus stops at the Ashby BART in Berkeley.  It will stop upstairs from the BART station on Adeline on the west side of the street. 

9:00am.  Bus picks at the Target parking lot in Richmond at 4500 McDonald Road.  The bus will pull into in parking lot on 42nd St for pick up.  

10:30am.  Arrive in Sacramento at the Embassy Suites Hotel where those who want to march a mile to the capitol will disembark.  

Bus will continue to state capitol for non-marchers.  Some of us will deliver postcards for single payer healthcare to state senators.  We are only delivering postcards to legislators.  The deliveries are not formal lobby visits. 

11:30am to 1pm.  Press conference and rally at state capitol.  

1:15pm. Board bus for return trip home.  

Last drop off in San Francisco should be completed by 3:15pm.

Snacks and water will be provided on the bus.  

Box lunches for bus riders will be provided by rally organizers.  

On the trip home, we will pass the hat to help pay for the bus.  

Again, please make a reservation by calling Don Bechler at 415-695-7891 or on my cell at 415-810-5826.  

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now

415-695-7891

Cell 415-810-5826




Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fwd: CALIF Feb 28 mtg Single Payer Now on Saving $375 billion with Medicare for All

How Single Payer Healthcare Would Save US $375 Billion a Year

Noon Saturday, February 28

518 Valencia, SF

(one block from 16th St BART, 5 doors south of 16th St.) 

please forward

 

Speaker:

James G. Kahn, M.D., MPH  senior author of the study and a researcher at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California at San Francisco.  He is also a member of the California chapter of Physicians for a National Health Plan.

Kahn says "We could provide everyone with good care and remove the complex and onerous cost-sharing that we have in the current system".

In 2013, the United States spent a total of $471 billion in medical billing paperwork and insurance-related red tape.  A single-payer system would eliminate 80 percent of that cost.

The report can be linked at http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/14/556

Sponsored by Single Payer Now.

For more information, call 415-695-7891 or www.singlepayernow.net

 

Please let us know if you plan to attend and if you can help us build the February 28 meeting.

___ Yes, I plan to attend the noon Feb. 28 meeting.

___ Yes, I can come at 11:30 to help us set up.

___ Yes, I plan to forward this alert.

___ Yes, I can help call our phone tree.  I will send you a suggested script and local names.  Some people make 10 calls, some 25, some more. 

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now

415-695-7891


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SF,CA - Feb 6 & 9 - Call for Help


Help Send Single Payer Now's Mail

Friday Feb 6, noon to 6pm

And Monday Feb 9, noon to 5pm

2467 28th Ave, SF 94116

Home of Barry Hermanson – ½ block south of L Taraval MUNI

We need your help sending out the mail.  We will be working this Friday and next Monday at the home of Barry Hermanson at 2467 28th Ave.  Parking is easy.

Barry will prepare a homemade meal both days. 

We will have finger foods, and best of all, you will be working with the best people on earth.

Please let us know when you can help and if you can stay for dinner.

We will be sending out announcements for the 2 upcoming meetings.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now

415-695-7891

 

Healthcare and the Homeless

6:30 Monday, February 16

518 Valencia, SF

(one block from 16th St BART, 5 doors south of 16th St.

Speakers:

Jennifer Friedenbach – Executive Director of Coalition on Homelessness – San Francisco

John Lozier – John has been Executive Director of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council since January 1990.  Prior to organizing the Council, John established the Downtown Clinic and other homeless services in Nashville, and worked on justice issues through the Southern Prison Ministry. John holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Brown University.  He has also studied in the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University.

 

 

How Single Payer Healthcare Would Save US $375 Million a Year

Noon Saturday, February 28

518 Valencia, SF

(one block from 16th St BART, 5 doors south of 16th St.

 

Speaker:

James G. Kahn, M.D., MPHsenior author of the study and a researcher at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California at San Francisco. 

Kahn says "We could provide everyone with good care and remove the complex and onerous cost-sharing that we have in the current system".

In 2013, the United States spent a total of $471 billion in medical billing paperwork and insurance-related red tape.  A single-payer system would eliminate 80 percent of that cost.

 

Sponsored by Single Payer Now

For more information call 415-695-7891     www.singlepayernow.net

Healthcare Yes, Insurance Companies No – Support HR 676

                                                               Labor donated /posted 2-5-15

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DO THIS RT NOW-->Ask Your Rep to Co-Sponsor HR676!



Healthcare-NOW!


Some time in the next week Representative John Conyers will re-introduce HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act! There is a brief window to ask your Representative to become an "original co-sponsor" of the legislation before it is filed - please email and call your Rep today!

Think about everything we witnessed in 2014: co-pays and deductibles rising so rapidly that 40% of the insured now report being unable to afford the care they need; extreme limited networks becoming pervasive and creating yet another barrier to care; polling that shows even FEWER people could access needed care compared to 2013, despite 10 million newly insured.

As our healthcare system springs more and more leaks, the time for trying to stick fingers into the dam is over. Please urge your Representative to make healthcare a right today!

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

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fwd: Oakland Feb 3 - Help Put Medicare for All on the 2016 Presidential Campaign Agenda

Help Put Medicare for All on the 2016 Presidential Campaign Agenda

Tues. 6:45 to 8pm Feb. 3

Paramount Theater  in Oakland (12th St BART)

Hold Banners and Distribute Leaflets at President Clinton's Address

Let us know if you can help.

 

We need your help sending a message to President Clinton and his audience on Feb. 3 in Oakland.  We will distribute leaflets and hold banners for Medicare for All – HR 676.  Our leaflets will contain some of the information below and also announce our Feb. 16 meeting on Healthcare and the Homeless in SF.

Please let us know how you can help.

___ I can help hold a banner on Feb. 3.  We will make as many banners as we have people to hold them.

___ I can help distribute leaflets on Feb 3.

___ I can help call our activists who do not have email for turnout. 

___ I have forwarded this alert.

Some people make 10 calls, some 25, some more.  Let me know how many local calls you can make.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now

415-695-7891

 

Dear President Clinton

We need you to help win a national healthcare system. 

The simple solution is to support HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All act sponsored by Congressman John Conyers Jr.  58 congress members also cosponsor HR 676.

 

We need HR 676, Medicare for All, as over 30 million Americans are without healthcare

 

We need HR 676, Medicare for All, so that everyone receives quality care.  We currently are in a situation where different classes of people receive different classes of care. 

 

We need HR 676, Medicare for All, as we spend twice as much money as any nation on earth.  HR 676 would save $400 billion a year.

 

We need HR 676 as it removes the deterrent of co-payments and deductibles from seeking healthcare.

 

We need HR 676, Medicare for All, in order to remove the insurance industry from our lives.

 

We need you to campaign for

HR 676, Medicare for All.

 

For more information, visit singlepayernow.net or call 415-695-7891.

Distributed by Single Payer Now                                                                                            labor donated

 

Hillary's Hard Choice

More telling than the gaffes is how out of step Hillary's candidacy is with the needs of the time. She is the candidate of continuity when the country wants change. She is Wall Street's favorite Democrat when voters want to see bankers in perp walks. She advertises her interventionist foreign policy views when the country needs rebuilding at home ... The harder question for Hillary is whether she will seek a mandate for the changes the country desperately needs. Without that, the country faces four more years of stagnation, gridlock, growing inequality, and increasing instability at home and abroad and the prospect of a failed presidency ... It requires that Hillary to break from the core policies not only of her former boss, President Obama, but also of her husband.

 

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library

Previously Restricted Documents

 

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

June 15, 1994

Remarks by the First Lady to Lehman Brothers Health Corporation

 

Question:  This next question… comes from Scott Engstrom (phonetic) of Franklin Templeton Funds. He asks, it seems clear that everyone on Capitol Hill is in favor of "health care reform" and that if the Administration wanted to compromise, some legislation could be passed very quickly. Is the danger of that approach from your perspective that that you may be giving up a mandate at a specific period in history in which you may be able to effectuate radical change? Is it now or never for massive health care reform?

 

Mrs. Hillary Clinton:  No, because what I think would happen if there is not health care reform this year, and if, for whatever reason, the Congress doesn't pass health care reform, I believe, and I may be to totally off base on this, but I believe that by the year 2000 we will have a single payer system. I don't think it's — I don't even think it's a close call politically.

 

I think the momentum for a single payer system will sweep the country. And regardless of the referendum outcome in California, it will be such a huge popular issue in the sense of populist issue that even if it's not successful the first time, it will eventually be. So for those who think that building on the existing public-private system with an employer mandate is radical, I think they are extremely short-sighted, but that is their choice.

 

There are many ways to compromise health care reform, and I don't think that the President could have been clearer in every public statement he has made that he has one bottom line. It is universal coverage by a date certain. And he has basically told the Congress, you know, you've got different ways of getting there. Come to us, and let's look at it. There are only three ways to get to universal coverage. You know, a lot of people stand up and applaud universal coverage, and they sit down, and you say, "Well, how are you going to get there?", and they don't want to confront that there are only three ways.

 

You either have a general tax — the single payer approach that replaces existing private investment — or you have an employer mandate, or you have an individual mandate. And there isn't any other way to get to universal coverage. The market cannot deliver universal coverage in the foreseeable future, and any compromise that people try to suggest that would permit the market  to have a few years to try to deliver universal coverage without a mandate that would take effect to actually finish the job will guarantee a single payer heath care system.

 

http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/assets/storage/Research-Digital-Library/flotus/muscatine-flotus-press/Box-015/2011-0415-S-flotus-statements-and-speeches-4-26-94-10-21-94-binder-6-15-94-lehman-brothers-health-corp.pdf

 

More documents (search engine available):

 

http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/previouslyrestricteddocs.html

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Help Vermont win single payer healthcare with phone calls

From SinglePayerNow:



"..Please consider calling Vermont activists to support their movement for single payer.

 

Many of our allies in the movement to achieve single-payer health reform are helping the Vermont movement to fully implement Green Mountain Care.  As you know, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced just before Christmas that he would not be offering a financial a financial plan for Green Mountain Care (single payer).

 

On January 8th, when the Vermont legislature reconvenes next week to announce their choice as the Vermont governor, the people of Vermont who fought so hard to see the passage of Green Mountain Care will rally.  Even as Gov. Shumlin offers his state of the state address followed by a Green Mountain Care board meeting, healthcare advocates will be outside making it clear that they were betrayed -- and that it is wrong for any of the politicians in Vermont to deny what the people of Vermont demanded and won.

 

Right now, there is an urgent need for all of us to engage in calling Vermonters to turn out for the rally.  Mike Fox of Progressive Democrats of America is pulling together the effort to make thousands of phone calls -- and allies from around the country can choose their own times to make calls and can do so from wherever their phones may be.  Please be in touch directly with Mike should you have even a bit of time to give to support Vermont.   To reach Mike Fox call: 727.320.4502 or email: mikefox@PDAmerica.org. "We'll be calling previously very engaged people in Vermont with the simple message of where and when the rally will be and what the plan of action is." 

 

Please let us know if you have called Mike Fox to make calls.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now

415-695-7891.."