MEDICARE FOR ALL (HR676)
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
Vote in the 2016 Elections
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
IN MY OPINION
Saving rural hospitals is key to Health Care for All
Rural hospitals everywhere are fighting for their existence. Fifty have closed since 2010, affecting the jobs, health, and lives of over 800,000 people. When the critical access hospital in Belhaven, North Carolina, closed last summer, the town’s Republican mayor knew his town’s fate was connected to a broader fight. With support from the state’s Moral Mondays campaign, a 2014 walk to Washington, DC was organized to address the hospital’s future. Read More
Illinois Central Labor Council Endorses HR 676
At its regular meeting on April 15, 2015, the Champaign County AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed HR 676, national single payer health care legislation, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Read More
Chattanooga Area Labor Council is 150th Council to endorse HR 676
The Chattanooga Area Labor Council endorsed HR 676 at its regular monthly meeting March 23, 2015, reports Gary Watlkins, Council President. HR 676 is the national single payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). The bill currently has 48 co-sponsors including Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis,Tennessee. Read More
*Monday 7/20/15 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.
*Thursday 7/30/15 from 9:00am to 6:00pm – Metro Detroit Medicare’s 50 Anniversary Activities July 30, 2015 sponsored by Michigan Nurses Association and Retirees for Single Payer Health Care. Celebrate the accomplishments of MEDICARE and rally to emphasize the need for MEDICARE FOR ALL
Metro Detroit Medicare’s 50 Anniversary Activities July 30, 2015
Lobbying of Metro-Detroit
Buses will be provided and depart at 9 AM from
UAW Local 600
10550 Dix Ave
Dearborn, MI 48120
for a seat
U. S. Representative John Conyers
U.S. Senator Gary Peters
Central United Methodist Church
23 East Adams
Detroit, MI 48226
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Celebration / Refreshments / Program
UAW Local 600
10550 Dix Ave
Dearborn, MI 48120
For details about statewide Medicare events
Contact ROBERT SISLER of UAW Region 1A Retiree Chapter
Michigan Nurses Association
UAW Local 600
UAW Region 1A Retiree Chapter
Retirees for Single Payer Health Care
Metro-Detroit CLUW / Coalition of Labor Union Women
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO)
National Welfare Rights Union (NWRU)
Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit
Single-Payer Action Network (SPAN) – Ohio
Michigan Alliance to Strengthen Social Security and Medicare (MASSSM)
Detroit Active and Retired Employee Association - DAREA
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)
Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance
Young Democrats of Michigan
These activities are endorsed by Retirees for Single Payer Health Care:
Thursday 7/30/15 from 7:00am to 6:00pm - HEALTHCARE JUSTICE LOBBY - HOUSE OF REPS - Washington, DC and VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE.
Lobby your Congressman to do the following: 1) Co-sponsor HR676 - Expanded and Improved Medicare for all Americans Act; 2) Expand Medicaid by changing the ACA wording, 3) Ask them to protect, improve and expand medicare in some other manner
This event can be accomplished in person or by phone, fax, email, or facebook post to their official page. To find your representative and their contact information, use this link and enter your zip code: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
NEXT, click on the representative's name. This will take you to their .gov page which will give you several options:
If you intend to go to Washington DC in person, then click on the choice about tour reservations. Complete the form with appropriate information. My request included the following: I would like a tour and an opportunity to talk with Congressman XXXXXXXX about protecting, improving and expanding Medicare.
If you can only participate by phone, fax email, or facebook post, look for links to your preferred method of contact on the representative's page. Be respectful and specific in your request. Some representatives can also be contacted by twitter, if you can squeeze your request into 140 characters.
*Thursday 7/30/15 from 11:00am to 2:00pm - Medicare Birthday Celebration and March sponsored by Single-Payer Action Network (SPAN) - Ohio at Lakewood Park, Belle Ave and Lake Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 (map)
Join us for fun, food and action!
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Food, fun, social media, music by Dixieland band
12:00 pm Speeches by Debbie Silverstein, a representative from Senator Brown's office, State Senator Mike Skindell and more.
1:00 pm March to Lakewood Hospital or more fun and games.
Thursday 7/30/15 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Medicare's 50th Birthday! hosted by Mass-Care at Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108 (map)
Come help celebrate Medicare’s 50th anniversary on July 30th in Boston and in Western MA! As you may already know, Medicare is one of our nation’s most valuable and popular social programs. It currently covers 55 million Americans and has significantly improved the financial security of many families. So let’s show Medicare how much it means to us by enjoying a birthday party. We’ll have live music, refreshments, BIRTHDAY CAKE, and inspirational speakers. Bring your friends, bring your families, this is going to fun event for everyone to enjoy!
We are proud to be partnering with the Mass Nurses Association, Mass Senior Action Council, PNHP and Healthcare-NOW!
What: Birthday party for Medicare’s 50th anniversary
When: July 30th
Where: Boston, Massachusetts State House Senate Reading Room, Room 437
AND Western MA:
9 - 10am Springfield
11 - noon Holyoke
1:30 - 2:30pm Northampton
3:30 - 4:30pm Greenfield
ALSO Sign our petition here:
Friday, 7/31/15 from 7:00am to 6:00pm - HEALTHCARE JUSTICE LOBBY - SENATE - Washington, DC and VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE.
Lobby your Senator to do the following: 1) Expand and Improve Medicare to All Americans; 2) Expand Medicaid by changing the ACA wording; 3) Ask them to protect, improve and expand medicare in some other manner,
This event can be accomplished in person or by phone, fax, email, or facebook post to their official page. To find your senator and their contact information, use this link and click on your state in the upper right hand corner: http://www.senate.gov/?OrderBy=state
NEXT, click on the senator's name. This will take you to their .gov page which will give you several options:
If you intend to go to Washington DC in person, then click on the choice about tour reservations. Complete the form with appropriate information.
If you can only participate by phone, fax email, or facebook post, look for links to your preferred method of contact on the senators' pages. Be respectful and specific in your request. Some representatives can also be contacted by twitter, if you can squeeze your request into 140 characters.
*Friday 10/30/15 at 7:00pm thru Sunday 11/1/15 at 12:00pm – National Strategy Conference for Single Payer Healthcare at Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 (map).
The Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Healthcare NOW and One Payer States will hold a joint national strategy conference at the Chicago Hilton, October 30 through November 1. The Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) will also be holding their annual meeting in a nearby hotel and we will be teaming up with them for a number of joint events.
This will be the first ever conference that brings together four nationally prominent single-payer organizations, national, 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 conference will convene at 7 PM on Friday, October 30 with a reception and plenary hosted by all four sponsoring organizations. United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and National Nurses United Co-President Jean Ross will be among the featured speakers. The conference will adjourn no later than noon on Sunday, November 1. Information on the agenda and workshops will be posted shortly.
Unions that support the work of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer are urged to send representatives. Union leaders and activists who would like to learn how their union can do more in the fight for healthcare justice and who want to connect with others from around the country are also encouraged to attend.
Registration is now open for what will be the largest-ever national conference of single-payer advocates in Chicago from October 30 to November 1. 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.
These activities are endorsed by Retirees for Single Payer Health Care because FOOD, WATER AND SHELTER ARE BASIC HEALTHCARE:
*Sunday 7/26/15 from 11:00am to 12:30pm - Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Fogotten Worker...Treasure the Women at Cass Park Historic District, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (View Map · Get Directions)
Warm weather is in full swing and we are back in the Park after a couple of weeks off. This Sunday will be a bit special in that the Women's table should be up and going. So if you are wondering what I can bring, think about the Women of the Park area. We will put up a little canopy and try to make it private.
A handful of us, a couple of weeks ago, put in most of the garden on a chilly, rainy Sunday. Check it out, it is on the Cass Tech High side. The walk by garden will be providing bites to eat to those that walk by soon.
The needs remain the same for our friends, a good meal, some clean ready to wear clothes and some good conversation and friendship.
We are still visitors in the Park, so we do what we can to keep it clean and safe.
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What are the roots of this crisis, and how do we solve it?
Is the current crisis another "business cycle", from which we'll eventually recover?
Can our system be reformed or changed to solve our problems?
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.
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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In 2012, 47 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured. This is not a statistic. This is a crisis