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 http://www.mam-sf.org

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

415-695-7891

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

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

Healthcare-NOW! is a grassroots organization that addresses the health insurance crisis in the U.S. by educating and advocating for the passage of expanded and improved Medicare-for-all legislation, such as HR 676.

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