Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fwd: Register for Single-Payer Strategy Conference in Chicago!

You can now register for the epic 2015 Single-Payer Strategy Conference, October 30 - November 1 in Chicago, IL! This year we've fully integrated the conferences of Healthcare-NOW!, the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare, and One Payer States, making every workshop & event available to all attendees. We're also organizing joint events with Physicians for a National Health Program, which will be hosting their Annual Meeting of 400+ med students and physicians down the street!

Register today to join over 700 single-payer activists from community groups, labor, and healthcare across the country for the most important movement-building event of the year.

A rally outside a major insurance company in Chicago is planned, and we'll be joined by President of the United Steelworkers Leo Gerard, PNHP co-founders David Himmelstein and Steffie WoolhandlerNational Nurses United Co-President Jean Ross, and music by labor singer Anne Feeney. And we've only begun planning - there's much more to come!

Yours in solidarity,
Benjamin Day
Executive Director, Healthcare-NOW!


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

S, CA Opportunities to Learn How To Build the HR676 (MedcrForAll) movement

Campaign for Medicare for All this Summer

I hope you can help us build the campaign for an Expanded Medicare for All (HR 676).

This Saturday at 1pm, June 13th, we will practice answering questions about what HR 676 contains.  We will meet at the home of Susan Cieutat who lives at 531 Grove St in San Francisco.  Her home is 3 blocks west of City Hall in San Francisco.  It is 5 blocks west of the Civic Center BART/MUNI stop.  Parking is doable.  We will meet at 1pm and go to 4 or 5pm.

Let me know if you can come.  I will mail you a packet of HR 676 and common questions.   Please bring it on Saturday.  

And please let me know which of the events below you can help table at this summer.

We will be asking people to sign a postcard in support of HR 676.

I hope to see you soon.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now



Which of these events can you attend? 

June 14 Sun 11-6 Green table at Haight St south side of Haight at Cole

June 19-22 Fri/Mon SF Mayor's conference – Call me for a time that you can table during this 4 day period.

June 27/28 Sat/Sun 11 to 6pm SF Pride Green table

July 3 Fri. 12:30 to 2pm pm SF Mime Dolores Park

July 4 Sat 12:30 to 2pm pm SF Mime Dolores Park

July 5 Sun 12:30 to 2pm pm SF Mime Dolores Park

July 11 Sat 12:30pm to 2pm SF Mime Troupe Berkeley Live Oak Park Shattuck and Berryman

July 12 Sun 11-4 Sunday Streets Tenderloin district in San Francisco

July 15 Wed 6pm to 7pm Palo Alto- SF Mime Mitchell Park Southfield – 600 East Meadow Dr

July 16 Thurs 6pm to 7pm Oakland's Montclair Ball Field SF Mime – 6300 Moraga Ave

July 18/19 Sat Sun 12:30 to 2pm Berkeley SF Mime Cedar Rose Pk 1300 Rose & Chestnut

July 22/23 Wed/Thurs 6pm to 7pm Oakland SF Mime Lakeside Park Edoff Mem Bandstand

July 25 Sat 12:30pm to 2pm SF SF Mime McLaren Park

July 26 Sun 12pm to 2pm SF SF Mime Troupe Washington Square Park

July 30 Thurs 11am Oakland Rally & March for Expanding Medicare

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fwd: SF May 23-Help build support for Medicare for All at anti GMO march

March Against Monsanto's GMO's

Collect HR 676 Postcards for Single Payer

11am Sat. May 23

San Francisco Ferry Building to Aquatic Park


Please consider helping us build the campaign for Medicare for All on May 23 in San Francisco at the March Against Monsanto's GMO"S.

For more information on the march go to

We will have a small table at the Ferry Building starting at 11am.

Please let us know if you can help.  This lets us know how many clipboards and literature to bring.  We will be collecting postcards for HR 676, the Expanded Medicare for All Act.

___ Yes, I can help collect postcards on Saturday, May 23.


Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now


Friday, May 8, 2015

Fwd: Save the Date: National Strategy Conference in Chicago Oct. 30 - Nov. 1!

We're excited to announce that Healthcare-NOW! will be hosting a joint national strategy conference with the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care and One Payer States at the Chicago Hilton, October 30 through November 1. Please mark your calendars! A registration page will be posted on our web-site next week.

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) will also be holding their annual meeting in a nearby hotel and we'll be teaming up with PNHP activists for a number of joint events including an action, joint workshops, and a reception with United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and National Nurses United Co-President Jean Ross among other featured speakers.

This will be the first ever conference that brings together every national organization leading the single-payer movement, regional and local unions, and state and local advocacy groups. We will come together five years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act and 50 years after the launch of Medicare to discuss the next steps in the fight for healthcare justice. This conference will be an historic opportunity to assess our strengths and weaknesses, learn from our experiences and build unity as we work to win single-payer, Medicare for All for everyone in America.

The early registration fee will be $75 and will include the Friday reception and Saturday lunch. A block of hotel rooms will be available at the Chicago Hilton for $159 per night. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling 877-865-5320 and referencing NSC/Single Payer Strategy Conference. Alternative housing arrangements will be available for those who need to attend the conference on a budget!

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

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


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.) 

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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

Sponsored by Single Payer Now.

For more information, call 415-695-7891 or


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