Monday, January 25, 2016

Fwd: Gerald Friedman's defense of Medicare for All against Clinton & Wall St Journal attacks


Gerald Friedman Defends Medicare for All

As the Wall St Journal and Hillary Clinton

Attack Single Payer

Radio Presentation on KPFA

And Open Letter to Wall St Journal

 

 

Medicare for All is in the news.  Both the Wall St Journal and Hillary Clinton are attacking it.

Gerald Friedman, the UMass economist and Board Member of Healthcare Now has been defending single payer. 

On January 21 he spoke on KPFA radio for 25 minutes. 


The link is

http://archives.kpfa.org/data/20160121-Thu0700.mp3   

He begins speaking at 34:10.


Attached below is Friedman's September 15 response to the Wall St Journal.

Please let us know if you have forwarded this alert.

___ I have forwarded this alert.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now

Healthcare Now Board Member

415-695-7891



An Open Letter to the Wall Street Journal on Its Bernie Sanders Hit Piece

 09/15/2015 08:03 pm ET | Updated Sep 16, 2015
  • Gerald FriedmanProfessor of Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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Gerald Friedman's research was cited in a Wall Street Journal story about Bernie Sanders's proposals for government spending. Friedman responds to that story below.

It is said of economists that they know the cost of everything but the value of nothing. In the case of the article "Price Tag of Bernie Sanders's Proposals: $18 Trillion," this accusation is a better fit for the Wall Street Journal that published it.

The Journal correctly puts the additional federal spending for health care under HR 676 (a single payer health plan) at $15 trillion over ten years. It neglects to add, however, that by spending these vast sums, we would, as a country, save nearly $5 trillion over ten years in reduced administrative waste, lower pharmaceutical and device prices, and by lowering the rate of medical inflation.

These financial savings would be felt by businesses and by state and local governments who would no longer be paying for health insurance for their employees; and by retirees and working Americans who would no longer have to pay for their health insurance or for co-payments and deductibles. Beyond these financial savings, HR 676 would also save thousands of lives a year by expanding access to health care for the uninsured and the underinsured.

The economic benefits from Senator Sander's proposal would be even greater than these static estimates suggest because a single-payer plan would create dynamic gains by freeing American businesses to compete without the burden of an inefficient and wasteful health insurance system. As with Senator Sanders' other proposals, the economic boom created by HR 676, including the productivity boost coming from a more efficient health care system and a healthier population, would raise economic output and provide billions of dollars in additional tax revenues to over-set some of the additional federal spending.

Summary of 10-year projections

Because of the nearly $10 trillion in savings, it is possible to fund over $4.5 trillion in additional services while still reducing national health care spending by over $5 trillion. With these net savings, the additional $14.7 trillion in federal spending brings savings to the private sector (and state and local governments) of over $19.7 trillion.

Projected 10 year impact of HR 676 in billions

10-year estimates of spending with the current system and HR 676 (in $ billions):

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fwd: SF Dec 12 Organizing for America's Health SF,CA


Report From National Healthcare

Strategy Conferences

Sat. 3pm, Dec 12

2940 16th St in San Francisco

½ block from 16th St BART

I hope you can attend our Dec 12 meeting in San Francisco.  A dynamic panel will discuss the state of America's health, and what projects activists are organizing to win universal healthcare.

See leaflet below.

Please let us know if you can attend the Dec. 12 meeting.

___ I plan to attend the Dec. 12 meeting.

___ I can come early (2:30) to help set up.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now

415-695-7891

Report From

National Healthcare

Strategy Conferences

The State of America's Healthcare Movement

 

A panel of activists who have attended the Physicians for a National Health Program, Labor for Single Payer, and the Healthcare Now meetings in Chicago at the beginning of November.

 

Alan Benjamin: Exec. Bd member, San Francisco Labor Council

Art Chen, MD: President of Alameda & Contra Costa Medical Assn.

Michael Lyon: Member of Gray Panthers and the California Alliance for Retired Americans.

Matthew Musselman: Touro University, DO/MPH, class of 2019

Binh Nguyen: Patient Advocate

Li-hsia Wang, MD: Member of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Don Bechler: Chair of Single Payer Now.

 

Sat. 3pm, Dec 12

2940 16th St

(one block east of Mission St and 16th St BART)

 

Event sponsored by Single Payer Now & the ESIFund

For more information call 415-695-7891 or email dbechler@value.net.

 

Healthcare Yes, Insurance Companies No

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SF,CA - Report from Nat Healthcare Strategy Conference

Report From National Healthcare 

Strategy Conferences

Sat. 3pm, Dec 12

2940 16th St

 

I hope you can attend our Dec 12 meeting in San Francisco.  A dynamic panel will discuss the state of America's health, and what projects activists are organizing to win universal healthcare.

See leaflet below and attached. 

We encourage you to post the attached leaflet in a coffee shop or worksite.

And we encourage you to forward this alert. 

Please let us know if you can attend the Dec. 12 meeting. 

___ I plan to attend the Dec. 12 meeting.

___ I can come early (2:30) to help set up.

___ I will post a leaflet.

___ I will forward this alert.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now 

4155-695-7891

Report From

National Healthcare 

Strategy Conferences

The State of America's Healthcare Movement

 

A panel of activists who have attended the Physicians for a National Health Program, Labor for Single Payer, and the Healthcare Now meetings in Chicago at the beginning of November.

 

Alan Benjamin: Exec. Bd member, San Francisco Labor Council

Art Chen, MD: President of Alameda & Contra Costa Medical Assn.

Leslie Ann Fuchs, MD: Medical Director, Home Care Advisors 

Michael Lyon: Member of Gray Panthers and the California Alliance for Retired Americans. 

Jonathan Meade: Co-chair SEIU 1021 Medicare for All Committee.

Matthew Musselman: Touro University, DO/MPH, class of 2019

Binh Nguyen: Patient Advocate

Li-hsia Wang, MD: Member of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Don Bechler: Chair of Single Payer Now.

 

Sat. 3pm, Dec 12

2940 16th St

(one block east of Mission St and 16th St BART)

 

Event sponsored by Single Payer Now & the ESIFund

For more information call 415-695-7891 or email dbechler@value.net.

 

Healthcare Yes, Insurance Companies No       

 

labor donated posted 12-1-15



Saturday, November 28, 2015

Paul Colvin - Devoted Calif single payer supporter - RIP and THANK YOU

THANK YOU AND TRIBUTE TO DEVOTED LONGTIME SF BAY AREA 
SINGLEPAYER ACTIVIST PAUL COLVIN


Life Tribute in today's SF Chronicle.   He was a supporter of single payer healthcare and has helped at our mailing parties.
He was great.
Don Bechler
Chair - Single Payer Now
Sheldon "Paul" Colvin Obituary
Paul Colvin

On October 31, 2015, Sheldon Paul Colvin - always known as "Paul" by his friends - passed away peacefully of natural causes in San Francisco. He would have been 91 years old in December.

Paul was born in Flint, Michigan on December 15, 1924. His family moved to California when he was young, where he resided for the rest of his life. During World War II Paul served in the U.S. Navy and afterwards joined the Merchant Marines. In the early 1940s, while he was still a Merchant Marine, Paul met a member of the Socialist Workers Party who convinced him of the virtues of socialism and invited him to join the party. Six years later Paul joined. When asked why the decision to join took so long, Paul explained that he wanted to think about it.

During the McCarthy witch-hunt period, the U.S. government expelled Paul from the Merchant Marines. Paul, like so many others, became victimized by anti-communist hysteria.

Afterwards, Paul attended UCLA and then moved to the Bay Area and eventually graduated from U.C. Berkeley. He held many jobs, including driving a taxi. But the position he held longest was for the San Francisco Chronicle where for over 30 years he was a master proofreader, often catching errors other proofreaders would miss.

As a member of the Bay Area Typographical Union Local 21 (which later merged into the Pacific Media Workers Guild), Paul played a leading role when the Chronicle employees went out on strike in 1994.

Paul's first marriage was to Joan Jordan. They had been together for several years and finally decided to marry. Paul explained that marriage was the problem, and a divorce soon followed. His second marriage to Marjorie Beilke in 1961 lasted until her death in 2006. Paul is survived by his three children, daughters Valerie Reza-James (husband Darrell James) Sherri Elinson (husband Douglas Elinson), and son Laurent Colvin, his grandson Antonio Reza, granddaughter Rhiannon Colvin-Scott, and his siblings, Elaine Cotton, Nelson Colvin and Eli Colvin.

Throughout his life Paul remained a dedicated and active socialist. He could always be seen at events such as anti-war or other demonstrations in support of workers struggling for a higher wage and better working conditions. Paul was always prepared to do the drudgery to make these events successful, such as enduring the bureaucratic process of obtaining demonstration permits and serving as a monitor on marches.

His dedication to socialism stemmed from his conviction that society could be much better run by ordinary people - the working class - who would create policies that were in the interest of the majority, rather than the present capitalist system where the rich succeed in holding a monopoly on power and rule in their own minority interests.

There will be a celebration of Paul's life on December 19th, to be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, in the Fireside Room, at 1:00 PM, with a short reception to follow. The address is 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 28, 2015
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?n=sheldon-colvin-paul&pid=176676944#sthash.05ryJff1.dpu

Friday, October 2, 2015

Senator Grills Insurance CEOs at Hearing


On September 22nd, the Senate Judiciary Committee called Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini and Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish to testify on the companies' proposed mergers with Cigna and Humana. While much of the testimony offered was critical of the move - former FTC official and management professor Leemore Dafney stated plainly that "there's no good evidence out there that scale is associated with lower premiums or improvements in plan quality" - Senator Al Franken was the one who really turned up the heat. Watch the CEOs squirm in our favorite clip from the day:

The mergers, which would reduce the number of major insurance companies from five to only three, will be reviewed by the Justice Department before the deals close later in 2016. You can speak up for patients by signing the petition asking U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to block these deals and push for a single-payer system for all!

Did you enjoy the video? Share it on Facebook and Twitter or - if you don't do social media - forward to your friends!

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

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oakland,CA-->Sept 13, Campaign for Medicare for All

Campaign for Medicare for All

Sunday 9:30 to Noon, Sept 13

At Oakland's Pride Celebration

14th St and Broadway

(12th St BART in Oakland)

 


I hope you can help us collect postcards for HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, this Sunday at Oakland's Pride Celebration.  The most lucrative time is from 9:30am to 10:30am just before the parade begins at 10:30.  People will be milling around and open to discussions. 

We will then move to 20th St and Broadway at the entrance to the festival.  The festival entrance fee is $10 if you choose to go in.

My cell phone on Sunday is 415-810-5826.

I hope to see you Sunday. 

Please let me know if you can help.

Thank you.

Don Bechler

Chair – Single Payer Now

415-695-7891



Friday, August 7, 2015

CMS 50th Anniversary Celebration of MEDICARE in Baltimore Tues. Sept. 8, 2015



Register to Join Us! -- 50th Anniversary Celebration Tues. Sept. 8, 2015



Register Now!


The CMS Office of Minority Health invites you to join a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid and 30th anniversary of the 1985 Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health (Heckler Report):


 


MEDICARE & MEDICAID AT 50:


THEIR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE IMPACT ON HEALTH EQUITY


The conference will discuss the steps CMS is taking to reduce disparities, improve the quality of care, and forge new frontiers in our programs to reduce disparities in the post-Heckler world.


 

WHEN:       Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. ET


WHERE:     Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)


                    CMS Auditorium


                    7500 Security Boulevard


                    Baltimore, MD 21244 


Register now to join the celebration!


 

How to Contact CMS OMH



 

Sign up for Minority Health listserv: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCMS/subscriber/new?topic_id=USCMS_610