Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act (HR 676)


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Why are we in this fight for Universal Health Care?  In particular Single Payer Health Care?  As human beings we have developed technology to increase our productivity. And the more productive we are the wealthier our society is.  Wealthier not in money but in how we live.  Read More

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Save Social Security and Establish Universal Single Payer Health Care For All

Retirees for Single Payer Health Care encourage everyone (especially retirees) to Vote in the 2016 Elections.  If you are not registered get registered and vote. If you are registered do not stay home, vote.  Read More



Jackson Tennessee Central Labor Council Supports HR 676

On January 5, 2015, the Jackson Central Labor Council meeting in regular session "voted unanimously to endorse and support HR 676, the National Single Payer Legislation," reports Joe Coleman, President of the CLC. Art Sutherland III, MD, of Physicians for a National Health Program and Terry Hash of PAX Chrisiti in Memphis spoke at an earlier meeting and urged the CLC to endorse this legislation.  Read More

H.R. 676, Single Payer, Reintroduced into Current (114th) Congress

Washington, DC. On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) reintroduced HR 676, his single payer Improved Medicare for All legislation, in the current 114th session of Congress. The bill was introduced with 44 co-sponsors in addition to Conyers.  Read More

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AS capitalism spirals out of control, blue-collar workers are caught-up in the madness, I need your help asap. Here's the scenario:  Read More



*Monday 3/2/15 from 11:30am to 1:30pm - Retirees for Single Payer Health Care Meeting at UAW Local 22, 4300 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210 (map).  Standard Agenda. Everyone is welcome.

These activities are endorsed by Retirees for Single Payer Health Care:

*Tuesday 3/10/15 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm - Saving Lives, Saving Money: the Economic Impact of the NY Health Act presented by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - NY Metro Chapter at 10 Union Square Beth Israel, New York, New York 10003 (map).

Join us for a presentation by economist Gerald Friedman, PhD, UMass, Amherst, on the potential economic impact of the NY Health Act (A5062/S3525), a bill to bring universal, single payer healthcare to New York State. Dr. Friedman will discuss his new study on the benefits of publicly funded healthcare for all, and provide us with the facts and figures we need to fight for a system that puts people over profits! 

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Saturday, 3/14/15 at 12:30pm - 2015 Coming Out of the Shadows/Saliendo de las Sombras at Federal Plaza hosted by Organized Communities Against Deportations at 50 W Adams St, Chicago, Illinois 60604 (map).

Cada año, desde el 2010, miembros de la comunidad indocumentada se han públicamente declarado como indocumentado/as, "Sin Papeles y Sin Miedo."

Estos valientes esfuerzos y actos de resistencia--del compartir de historias y narrativas--han fortalecido a nuestra comunidad & trasformado y humanizado el debate migratorio. 

Every year, since 2010, members of the undocumented community have publically come out as undocumented, unapologetic, & unafraid.

These daring acts of resistance--of courageous storytelling & story-sharing--have empowered our communities & transformed & humanized the immigration debate.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Saturday 4/11/15 at 6:00pm to 12:00am - Inner City Blues Festival 2015 - Healing the Health Care Blues at Eagles North Portland Foe 3426, 7611 N Exeter Ave, Portland, Oregon 97203 (map).

Fun event of Blues music to raise awareness and funds for Health Care for ALL Oregon

See Facebook Event for more information.

*Wednesday, 4/15/15 at 5:30pm to 8:30pm - For The People: A Celebration of Health Care Leaders 2015 hosted by hosted by Health Care For All at Westin Copley Place Boston Hotel, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 (map).

We hope that you can join us! Health Care For All (HCFA) is poised to celebrate 30 years of connecting consumers to care. This year’s event will give us the opportunity to look back at Health Care For All’s role in placing Massachusetts in the vanguard of near universal coverage and making high quality, affordable health care accessible to the residents of the Commonwealth, and we will also preview our ambitious and exciting plans for 2015 and beyond. This evening's event will include a networking reception, dinner and a short program celebrating health care leaders.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Friday 5/15/15 to Sunday 5/17/15 - Call to the Second National Labor Fightback Conference at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, May 15–17, 2015.

Trade unionists and our allies in community organizations need to address these challenges, which imperil the very continued existence of the labor movement as a viable social and economic force. That is why the Labor Fightback Network is convening the Second National Labor Fightback Conference to be held May 15–17, 2015, at the Rutgers University Labor Education Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

See WEBSITE for more information.

These activities are endorsed by Retirees for Single Payer Health Care because FOOD, WATER AND SHELTER ARE BASIC HEALTHCARE:

*Sunday 3/8/15 from 11:00am to 12:30pm - Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Fogotten Worker...Deep Freeze at Cass Park Historic District, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (View Map · Get Directions)

​This cold, cold weather has us shaking and doing our best to find some warmth. The affects on our friends around the Park is ten fold as they scramble for the same warmth and a good meal. We will be back at the Robert Burns statue again this Sunday, February 22nd at 11:00 am.

The will be joined by another group ahead of us placing scarves, hats and gloves around the Park for those that need them at 10:00 am. This gesture is also in the memory of someone who became homeless and froze to death in a parking garage.

You know how people find their way to the Park on those Sundays and You know how the have come to depend on our warm reception and a hearty meal, so I hope if you can you can join us for another Sunday in the Park.

*Anytime - GLEANERS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK - For more than 35 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been "nourishing communities by feeding hungry people.” Last year, Gleaners distributed 46 million pounds of emergency food to more than 550 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. We alleviate hunger by providing the equivalent of more than 100,000 meals per day to people who otherwise cannot afford the food they need.  See WEBSITE for more information.



Medicare For All (HR 676)



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2014 Single-Payer Strategy Conference

This is a wiki for posting notes, photos, powerpoint presentations, and video of the August 2014 Single-Payer Strategy Conference hosted in Oakland, CA by Healthcare-NOW!, the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare, and One Payer States. To see what other conference participants have shared, click on the workshop or panel below that you're interested in.

Unions, Labor And Single Payer-Speakers At Labor For Single Payer Conference 

At a national conference of Labor For Single Payer speakers discussed the role of the trade unions and he struggle for national health are in the United Sates. Panelists included Michael Lighty NNOC, Fernando Gapasin, Writer Activist, Ethel Scott-Long WEAP, Rita Valenti, NNOC, Healthcare for All Georgia, Kasha Ram Vermont State Representative. The event took place on August 23, 2014 in Oakland, California.


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Retirees for Single Payer Health Care
Medicare For All
(HR 676)

Everybody In, Nobody Out Healthcare - Gives every resident of the United States and the U.S. Territories access to all medically necessary health care services, including vision and dental as well long term care with no copays or deductibles regardless of employment, income or health status.  Private insurance companies may not duplicate coverage under this bill.

Non-Profit Healthcare - Converts all healthcare providers to a not-for-profit service where illness is no longer a source of wealth for a few.

Single Payer Healthcare – Medicare today is a social insurance program for those 65 or older and the disabled under 65.  Medicare for All improves and extends that social insurance program to all of us. This gives us all the collective ability to control the out of control costs of the healthcare industry in this country.  Pays for that expanded coverage by maintaining the present level of federal government revenues for Health Care as well as increasing personal income taxes on the top 5 percent income earners, instituting a modest and progressive tax on payroll and self-employment income, on unearned income, and on stock and bond transactions.


“People need to believe that social change is possible.  If they think their only option is to exchange one oppressor for another, they will usually choose to accept their victimization and try to make the best of it.  That is why counter institutions are so important, because they are living demonstrations that better social relationships are possible and within our grasp.  They are possible because, besides the seeds of the oppressor within us, we also have the seeds of mutual liberation within us, the instincts of cooperation, of sharing, democracy, equality, extended family.”  John Curl, Poet

John Conyers, sponsor of HR-676, told us a dozen or so years ago that “Medicare For All” is definitely possible, but that it will take a fight with the organization, scope and intensity of the civil rights struggle.  People were beaten, jailed and killed, but the mass struggle just kept on intensifying until there was victory. The issue we face today is whether or not we are prepared to wage just such a struggle so that everyone can receive quality health care that meets their needs.  It will be necessary. As Rep. Conyers also told us, "you have no idea of the intensity and determination of the opposition".  So the future is indeed up to us.  Jim Bish, Member UAW Local 6000 Retiree Chapter, Detroit, MI
‘There was no formal interview like I imagined but the day turned out to be even better.  There was lots of gumbo ya-ya about politics then (60s) and now with a bunch of us sitting around a conference table eating what had to be KFC.  There were a few people there from a group called Retirees for Single Payer Healthcare, most of whom were north of 60.  They spent a good 15 minutes arguing what commerce would look like in a post capitalist society as if this new arrangement was coming next month and they were teenagers planning out the rest of their lives.  It was a freedom dream in motion with General Baker at the helm – a powerful lesson in hope.’  Robyn Spencer, from “Rest in Power, General Baker”