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MEDICARE FOR ALL (HR676)

Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act (HR 676)


MISSION

Mission Statement of Retirees for Single Payer Health Care


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Expand Medicaid

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 liveRead More

Vote in the 2014 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 2014 Elections.  If you are not registered get registered and vote. If you are registered do not stay home, vote.  Read More


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IN MY OPINION

Remembrances: Organizing your life around your vision

One of my most important remembrances is our mutual work. He was active in the labor movement and I in the anti-poverty movement; but we could see these movements merging their plight together.  In the early 90s, for example, the labor movement was beginning to experience similar problems as people in poverty, like high water bills. Many came to the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization as we advocated for them. Gen loved the working class and would do anything to help them get through their misery and gain an understanding of the source of their problems. Through teaching, being a student, and fighting in the working class's interest, we were able to learn and grow together. Read More

"Healthcare for Some" is the strategy of the few

Business in this country has always supported healthcare for some of us when it benefits business profits.  It never benefited all of us and business does not support any healthcare system that will.  Read More

Ancient healthcare

Read a case study on 4,000 year old remains of a severely disabled person who was obviously being cared for by the people in their community because they survived for 30 years. Ancient healthcare.  Read More


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ACTIVITIES

*Monday 8/25/14 at 10:30am to 11:30am - RETIREES FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE EXECUTIVE COMMITTE MEETING at UAW Local 22, 4300 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210 (map).  Committee member reports and planning.

*Monday 8/25/14 at 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.  Labor Day Potluck Luncheon Afterwards.  Everyone is welcome.

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

*Friday 8/22/14 at 7:00pm to Sunday 8/24/14 at 12:pm - The Labor Campaign for Single Payer and Healthcare-NOW will convene a National Strategy Conference August 22-24 at the historic ILWU Local 6 Hall, 99 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, California 94621 (map).

This is a time of intense ferment and opportunity for the healthcare justice movement. If you believe that labor must help to lead the fight to make healthcare a right for everyone in America, please plan to attend this important Conference.

You are invited to join activists from around the country for a weekend of inspiration and strategy to win single-payer national health insurance! For the first time this year, three major national organizations for single-payer advocacy will be combining their annual conferences. We anticipate that over 300 attendees will converge on Oakland from Healthcare-NOW!, the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care, and the One Payer States coalition. This will be a unique opportunity to learn from the most effective single-payer organizing around the country, to build relationships between community and labor groups, and to strengthen state and national organizing efforts together.

For more information see the Labor Campaign WEBSITE or the Healthcare-NOW WEBSITE

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

*Saturday 8/23/14 at 2:00pm - Water Wars and the Fight for a New Society UAW Local 551 Water Warriors Caravan to Detroit to Bring Water to Those Without at DWSD payment center, 15600 GrandRiver, Detroit, MI (map).

SOLIDARITY UNION WORKERS ARE TRAVELING FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS TO DETROIT, SAT, AUGUST 23RD 2014 TO HELP DETROIT RESIDENTS WHO ARE WITHOUT WATER.

THIS SPECIAL MOMENT OF SOLIDARITY COMES IN LIGHTOF THE MASS WATER SHUTOFFS BEING IMPOSED BY THE CITY OF DETROIT DESPITE EVIDENCE THAT RESIDENTS CAN’T PAY THESE RISING UTILITY COSTS.

THEY WILL BE GREETED AT A RALLY AT 2PM
AT THE WATER PAYMENT CENTER
15600 GRAND RIVER.

UAW LOCAL 600, THE UNITED STEEL WORKERS, THE DETROIT FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, AND OTHER ORGANIZED AND UNORGANIZED WORKERS WILL BE THERE TO SAY, “THANK YOU”!!

WE WILL BE PASSING OUT
GALLON JUGS OF WATER
AT THE RALLY.

COME CELEBRATE THIS
SOLIDARITY MOMENT!

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Sunday 8/24/14 from 11:00am to 12:30pm -Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker...Dog days of Summer at Cass Park Historic District, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (View Map · Get Directions)

The Dog days of Summer are here and there has been some of those long sticky nights for our Friends. So a good meal and a cool drink with friendly faces hits the spot.

It is good to see Life and Summer weather in full swing. The lines are long and and the Folks look forward to our time together and it shows in the faces on both sides of the line.

The Park has taken on a cleaner and greener look thanks to many volunteers and hours of work. We have put some time into Park clean up and the little garden, but that will be ongoing as the weather stays warm. Woodside Detroit has put in many, many hours of work and has now added benches and tables around the Park.

The needs remain the same and the uncertainty of the changing neighborhood remains the same. The best we can do is stay the course and bring some relief to our Friends.

For over three years we have met twice a month in Cass Park at 11:00 am on the 2nd and 4th Sunday to share a meal, some clothing and some Friendship.

The invitation is open to any and all within reach of this post to come with food in hand for others, willing hands to help or an empty belly to be filled.

It is a great mix of people with something in common

We are guests in Cass Park so we will do our best to keep it clean and taken care of for the community around it.

*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.


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RETIREES FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE
PAMPHLET

Detroit Diesel: The Death of a Veba and the Cost to Retirees
and
The Sky is Falling

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CURRENT LEAFLETS

Medicare For All (HR 676)

Young Adults Skip Health Care As Medical Costs Rise

EXPAND MEDICAID – SUPPORT UNIVERSAL SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

EVERYBODY IN NOBODY OUT - SUPPORT UNIVERSAL SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

Is Michigan a different country?

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America's Healthcare Crisis by Moving Train Radio - February 12, 2014

In 2012, 47 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured. This is not a statistic. This is a crisis.

The Great Debate - Single Payer or Private Insurance

Students for a National Health Program at Albany Medical College presented The Great Debate at WAMC's The Linda on the evening of February 21st.  Moderated by Dr. Kimberly Kilby, the debate featured Dr. Paul Song of the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) from California and Dr. Mitchell Heller of the Benjamin Rush Society from New York City as they argued for and against single payer vs. private insurance.

The Digital Disruption - Technology & Economics for the 99%

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?

Dr. Margaret Flowers: “Stop the Fast Track of the TPP Trade Agreement”

On Wed. Sept. 18th, in front of Penn Station in Bmore, Dr. Margaret Flowers shared her views on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. She labeled it, "NAFTA on steroids." Dr. Flowers underscored that the treaty has been "negotiated in secret," and its terms, "classified." She said that President Barack Obama has asked to "Fast Track" the treaty. This would allow him to sign it into law before the U.S.Congress is given an "up or down vote on it." In other words, the measure would not go through the usual legislative democratic process, with hearings, transparency, the calling of witnesses, etc.

Medicare For All
(HR 676)

Everybody In, Nobody Out Health Care - 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 Health Care - Converts all healthcare providers to a not-for-profit service where illness is no longer a source of wealth for a few.

Single Payer Health Care – 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.

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“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

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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
RETIREES FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE
‘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”
EVERYTHING, INCLUDING HEALTHCARE, IS NOW POLITICAL

EVERYBODY IN, NOBODY OUT HEALTHCARE
NON-PROFIT HEALTHCARE
SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE