Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Another SF Singlepayer Event - Comparing the Can to the US hcr System


Single Payer Now

Compare the Canadian Healthcare System
To the US Healthcare System
6pm to 8pm Sunday, April 20
518 Valencia in SF

(1/2 block south of 16th St and the 16th St BART)
See the Healthcare Movie with producers
Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg

I hope you can join us in viewing the Healthcare Movie, which compares US to Canadian Healthcare. Why is the Canadian healthcare system different - and better - than ours?

Sunday's presentation features music by Bob Wickline before the Healthcare Movie and question and answers with the movie producers Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg.

We encourage you to forward this alert.

And we need your help calling our hundreds of activists who do not have email.

Please let us know if you can attend Sunday's Healthcare Movie.

___ I plan to attend the Healthcare Movie on Sunday at 6pm.
___ I can forward this alert.
___ I can help call our activists. I will send you local names and a suggested script.

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

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

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


Thursday, April 10, 2014

SF April 12 THIS SATURDAY - Annual SPyrNow POTLUCK


Single Payer Now

Campaigning for Medicare for All
HR 676
Sat. 2:30 April 12
Potluck with Single Payer Now
St. Mary's Cathedral @ Gough & Geary in SF
Featuring Dr. Andy Coates, the President of Physicians for a National Health Program and Ben Day, the National Organizing Director of Healthcare Now

We encourage you to forward this alert.

I hope you can attend our wonderful potluck this Saturday featuring presentations on the campaign for Medicare for All by

Dr. Andrew Coates - President of Physicians for a National Health Program

Ben Day - National Organizing Director of Healthcare Now

Ian Lewis - Research Director of UNITEHERE Local 2 speaking on boycotting of AT & T concessions in order to support workers contract dispute for healthcare and wages.

Judy Beck - Member of SEIU 1021 Single Payer Committee

Barry Hermanson - Green Party Candidate in support of HR 676

Please bring dishes at 2:30. Program at 3pm.

Please let us know if you can come.

___ I plan to attend Saturday's potluck.
___ I have forwarded this alert.
___ I can help call 10 people on our action alert list.

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

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

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


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Help call to build April 12 Single Payer Now Potluck


Single Payer Now

Help Build April 12
Campaign for Single Payer Now Potluck
We Need Your Help Calling Our Activists Who Do Not have Email

We need your help calling activists who do not have email for our April 12 potluck in San Francisco. See leaflet attached and pasted below.

Over half of our activists do not have email.

Some people make 10 phone calls, some 25, and some people make more calls. I will send you local names and a suggested script.

Please let me know how many names you can call.

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

Campaigning for Single Payer Healthcare
2014 Single Payer Now Potluck

Andy Coates - National President of Physicians for a National Healthcare Program

Ben Day - National Organizing Director for Healthcare Now

Ian Lewis - Research Director of UNITEHERE Local 2 speaking on boycotting of AT&T Park concessions in order to support workers contract dispute for healthcare and wages. Bring your own food.

Judy Beck - Member of SEIU 1021 Single Payer Committee

Barry Hermanson - Green Party Candidate in support of HR 676

Plus copies of Dr. Quentin Young's memoirs, "Everybody In, Nobody Out: Memoirs of a Rebel Without a Pause."

Campaigning for HR 676
Healthcare Minus the Insurance Industry

HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All act. HR 676, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers Jr., has 55 co-sponsors. HR 676 would remove the insurance companies from our lives and give everyone healthcare from birth to death. HR 676 includes full dental, vision, and long term care. HR 676 has no copays or deductibles, and would be paid from a national tax which would remove the need to pay insurance company premiums.

The removal of insurance companies from our lives would save Americans $400 billion a year. Under the best case scenario, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Affordable Care Act will still leave 3 million Californians without health insurance.

Saturday, April 12
Please Bring Potluck Dishes by 2:30
Program from 3 to 5pm.
St Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco
1111 Gough St @ Geary

Easy Parking in Cathedral Parking Lot

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

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

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


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CALIF - SF Feb 22 - Protect Healthy San Francisco


Single Payer Now

Protect Healthcare for All San Franciscans
Speakers Supervisor David Campos
& Labor Council Consultant Paul Kumar
Attend our 3pm Feb 22 meeting
518 Valencia @ 16th St in SF

We need help calling our phone tree.

Please let us know if you can attend and/or help make phone calls to build meeting.

We encourage you to forward this alert.

See Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's SF Chronicle article.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a former stand-up comedian, almost always throws a silly joke into a conversation. Not this time.

He finds it no laughing matter that Healthy San Francisco, the city's universal health care plan, will continue to be available to undocumented immigrants who don't qualify for health insurance through President Obama's Affordable Care Act but not to U.S. citizens who qualify for it but can't afford it. Continue reading...

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

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

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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

SF - Campaign for Medicare for All - HR 676



Single Payer Now

Single Payer Now
Sends Message to President Obama, Michelle Obama, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
That San Franciscans Want
Medicare for All - HR 676
See TV coverage and pictures below.
Please Make a Financial Contribution

On January 31, Single Payer Now activists sent a message to President Obama that San Franciscans want Medicare for All - HR 676.

Our message was sent at a Democratic fundraiser featuring Michelle Obama and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

TV coverage can be seen here.

Please consider making a contribution to keep us strong.
To make a contribution,
click here.

Or you can send a contribution to:
Single Payer Now
PO Box 460622
San Francisco, CA 94146

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

SP

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

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


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Results are in:Worst Health Insurance Company of 2013


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The 2013 Award for Profiteering and Deceit in the Private Health Insurance Industry goes to... UnitedHealth for paying its CEO, Stephen Hemsley, $49 million in 2012.

We want to thank everyone who participated. We're planning to send the award to UnitedHealth's world headquarters in Minneapolis, MN soon. We'll also include all of the reasons you gave us about why they are the worst. Including:

"They never approve anything needed by the patients. They have made the process so cumbersome to jump through for authorization that it is impossible for physician to get appropriate treatment for patients. That is how they make their money is by denying appropriate coverage of their enrollees."

The results:
37% - UnitedHealth
30% - Humana for charging women over 50% more than men for the same insurance plan.
27% - Anthem Blue Cross for predatory premium increases.
6% - Moda Health for paying $40 million for naming rights to the Portland Trailblazers arena.

Among CEOs, healthcare CEOs receive the highest median pay at $11.1 million. There are thousands of insurance companies, but the seven largest publicly traded health plans alone are paid their CEOs a collective $87 million.

Under a single-payer health plan, health coverage would be offered as a public good to all, administered by civil servants who will not siphon millions of dollars meant for patient care into their personal bank accounts. So we could use that $87 million in wasted money on CEOs to pay for as many as 8,700 hip replacements.

Sincerely,
Ben, Zoraida, and Jeff
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

From HC-Now!-->Healthcare.gov is Just the Start



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Donate $60 and receive the Single Payer Activist Guide to the ACA, Beautiful Trouble, a "Healthcare is a Human Right" bumper sticker, and single-payer pin.

Donate $25 and receive the ACA guide, a bumper sticker, and pin.

Donate $10 monthly and receive the ACA guide, the pocket edition of Beautiful Trouble, a bumper sticker, and pin.

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If the Obamacare website debacle is any indication, 2014 will be an interesting year for health reform! We know that powerful private health insurers will attempt to evade new regulations and profit off of confusing changes in the industry.

This is why we need your support today.

We've got to make the most of new organizing and education opportunities that will be created by the ACA, and provide a real solution for the millions who will be left uninsured, underinsured, or facing unaffordable premium costs. That's why we created the Single Payer Activist Guide to the ACA.

If this is your first donation to Healthcare-NOW!, we'll send you a Healthcare-NOW! pin, bumper sticker, and Medicare for all booklet for making a one-time donation of at least $10.

Donate $25 today and we'll send you a copy of the guide along with a pin and our new "Healthcare is a Human Right" bumper sticker.

A generous supporter has decided to match every donation we receive until we reach our $1,000 goal! Your donation will be doubled!

The guide details important new regulations and shows how healthcare activists can inject single-payer messaging and action into the law's implementation.

For example, insurance companies must now notify the government and hold a public comment period if they want to raise their premiums. This is a perfect opportunity to contrast the spiraling costs of our current system with the cost controls of single-payer healthcare.

Opportunities like this one will require creative new actions on our part.

So if you donate $60 we will send you, along with the guide, a copy of Beautiful Trouble--an 800-page book that's filled with organizing tactics, principles, theories, and case studies. There are sections on advanced leafleting, creative petition delivery, media-jacking, hoaxes, public filibusters, and electoral guerrilla theater.

Donate $10 a month and we'll send you a copy of our guide with the pocket edition of Beautiful Trouble.

2014 is going to be a very important year for health reform. We could head down the path of privatization and austerity. Or we can fight for truly universal, equitable healthcare for all. Help us win by donating today.

Sincerely,
Ben, Zoraida, and Jeff
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff

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