Saturday, January 21, 2017

SF Jan 24/25 Single Payer Now Mailing

Fight Trump Mailing Party

With Single Payer Now

Tues./Wed. Jan 24/25

11am to 6pm

2467 28TH AVE at the home of Barry Hermanson

(1/2 block south of Taraval and the L-Taraval MUNI)


Dear Healthcare Mailing Specialist,


I hope you can help us end out the mail this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.  We are sending announcements for our Feb. 4 meeting.

See leaflet below.

Barry Hermanson will prepare a wonderful vegetarian meal at 6pm.

Please let us know when you can help and if you will be staying for dinner.  An RSVP for dinner allows Barry to know how much to prepare.

___ I can help send mail on Tuesday around _____ time.

___ I can help send mail on Wednesday around ____ time.

___ I will be staying for dinner.


Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now


Trump Versus

America's Health

Trump and the Republican congress want to gut the Affordable Care Act, privatize Medicare, cut back on Medicaid, and privatize the Veteran's Administration.


Trumps attacks on us mean more costs for the 99% and more profits for the 1%.

Trump's dastardly plans also mean more people without healthcare.


Single Payer Now wants to expand healthcare to everyone by passing HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. 


Join us for a panel discussion on how to move forward and defend what healthcare we have.  The panel is composed of Single Payer Now activists who will report on the National Strategy Conference, which takes place January 14-16 in New York.


Sat. 3pm, Feb. 4

518 Valencia in SF

(At 16th St – 2 blocks from the 16th St BART)


Single Payer Now panelists include:

Barry Hermanson, Norma Myers, Murray Pender, Brian Stompe, and Don Bechler


Sponsored by Single Payer Now

For more information, call 415-695-7891 or email

Healthcare Yes!         Insurance Companies No!

Support Medicare for All

Labor Donated – posted 1/6/17

Saturday, January 7, 2017

SF,CA - PNHP Bay Area chapter meeting, 10am today SAT!

Calif. Events
Health care is a human right!

January 6, 2017

Dear colleague,

Our healthcare programs are threatened by truly malignant forces, but the best defense is a strong offense.

California single payer advocates have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve a state-based universal health care program.

We invite you to discuss developments in the campaign to achieve a single payer program and to help plan our activism in the Bay Area!

San Francisco Bay Area PNHP Chapter Meeting

Saturday, January 14
10:00am - noon

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
1433 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Parking in lot or on street
Near Oakland-12th Street BART


Jeff Gee, M.D.
Cell: (415) 676-8680

Physicians for a National Health Program - California
© 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

Fwd: Help Single Payer Now Organize To Protect and Expand Medicare for All in 2017

Help Single Payer Now Organize

To Protect and Expand Medicare for All in 2017



Please consider making a contribution to Single Payer Now.

We want to start the year running hard to protect and expand Medicare.  Donald Trump wants to privatize Medicare.  We want to expand Medicare.


How are we beginning our organizing in 2017?

Seven of our members are participating in a national strategy conference to Expand Medicare, January 13 – 15 in New York.

On January 13, we will rally at Trump Towers in NY.

In San Francisco, we will rally and march on January 20 and January 21 to protect and expand Medicare.

On January 27, we are rallying in Bakersfield, CA at the office of Republican Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader. He wants to cut funding for Medicare and Medicaid.

On February 4 in SF, we have scheduled a report back meeting from the New York national conference.

That is just for starters.


Again, please help us protect and improve our healthcare.


To make a contribution, a check can be sent to:

Single Payer Now

P.O. Box 460622

San Francisco, CA 94146


To make a contribution on line, please Click here.


You may also become a monthly contributor.  We will be organizing beyond January.  To make a monthly contribution, Click here.


Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now


Friday, August 5, 2016

Why Singlepayer was removed from the DNC platform

Despite our best efforts, single payer didn't make it onto the 2016 Democratic platform. Caving to calls for party unity, the Sanders campaign backed out of filing a minority report, which would have forced a floor fight over the platform.

While we're disappointed with the outcome of the platform fight, we're thrilled by what this primary race has done for our movement.

This incredible grassroots response to a candidate running on "Medicare for All" has connected thousands to the single payer movement and given renewed energy to our organizing. Over the past couple months, Healthcare-NOW has grown in membership by almost 50%!

            The Medicare for All workshop at the Democratic National Convention

It's difficult to overstate how significant this is for us; a 50% gain rivals the increase we saw during the fight over the Affordable Care Act. Much of the credit here goes to all of you who capitalized on this moment by going out into your communities to talk about single payer and get signatures for the DNC petition. Thank you.

This is the kind of work, carried out by dedicated supporters in their spare time, that paved the way for an insurgent such as Bernie Sanders to offer up a serious challenge to the establishment. We've inspired millions to stand up, challenge the corporatism of the Democratic party, and put single payer back on the agenda - where it will stay until it is passed.

Stephanie Nakajima
Director of Communications

Monday, July 25, 2016

TODAY --> Online Day of Action

Greetings from Philly! Things are already heating up as thousands of #seeyouinphilly protesters hit the streets yesterday, braving 90 degree heat to protest the exclusion of single payer and other progressive causes from the platform.

In an attempt to head off more unrest at the convention, the DNC has pushed up the platform vote to today.

That means today is the day to take action over the platform committee's rejection of the "Medicare for All" amendment. You can join National Online Day of Action by sharing this picture on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #Medicare4All and #DemsInPhilly.

You can also print out this selfie sign to tell the world why you want Medicare for All with the hashtags #Medicare4All and #DemsInPhilly!

Your online actions will back up the activists on the ground. Let's show the DNC that the fight for universal healthcare is far from over!

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

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!