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 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


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IN MY OPINION

The Source of the Healthcare Crisis in this Country

There has always been poverty in this country. And the source has always been the increases in the productivity of labor. In the past, poverty has been overcome by building more factories and employing those in poverty. Read More

The System Is Sick video

 I sang at the Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso last night, started with my original, Ken's Song, inspired by testimony of Kenneth Horn including "for those who oppose a nationalized healthcare, I let you know, I use to oppose it, until I have lost my job, my insurance and my ability to obtain care. Second, I did a Stix cover, "Come Sail Away." Then, I have finished with a Mikuak Rai cover, "The System is Sick." I think Ogan Gurel helped him make the song. So, I'm not the only one writing healthcare justice songs.  Read More 

Health care law did not end discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions

In 2010 the giant health insurance company WellPoint created an algorithm that searched its database, located breast cancer patients, and targeted them for cancellation of their policies.  Read More 



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ACTIVITIES

*Monday 4/27/15 from 10:00am to 11:30am - Retirees for Single Payer Health Care Executive Meeting at UAW Local 224300 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210 (map). Committee member reports and planning.

*Monday 4/27/15 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:


*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 4/26/15 from 11:00am to 12:30pm - Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Fogotten Worker...Springtime at Cass Park Historic District, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (View Map · Get Directions)

​After an extra Sunday away from the Park, we are ready to gather again, this Sunday, April 12th at 11:00am. The weather is breaking, the Spring rain is turning the Park green again and our Friends will be out in numbers.

Activity is beginning around the new Hockey Arena and some streets will be blocked. The activity that concerns our Friends is where they will live as the price of rent goes up. Many have already been put out of their Downtown housing due to the rents sky rocketing costs. Those people we know have been living with little to spare since we have met them a number of years ago. For them these times are are uncertain and time will tell where they will end up. For our Friends without homes, they will continue to come where they can for that good warm meal and necessities and that's why we are there.

So do what you can to give our Friends a good Sunday in the Park. If you have some food or clothing to share, good. If you have nothing but time and a smile to share, good too. Remember there will be too many volunteers, so make some room for all to help out. If you just spend some time listening to others tell their story, you are doing something that is needed.

We are also guests in the Park and it is our custom to leave the Park cleaner than when we found it. If you want to help pick up the area that is more than welcome too. Daryl and some of the Fellas run the bags for us and will be there before we are picking the area up. There are too many stories around opening day about people coming into the City and leaving their trash behind. We are not them.

Looking forward to another Sunday in Cass Park.

*Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:30pm - 5 Myths about Immigration & Why we Support the Defered Action for the Parents of Americans DAPA at St. Joseph County Public Library Humphrey Room, 304 S Main St, South Bend, IN 46601 (map).

Panel discussion dispelling the common myths about Immigration Reform, and Why the Northern Indiana Community Coalition for Immigration Reform Supports the Deferred Action for the Parents of Americans DAPA

The panel will consist of the following

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg or representative from his office
Sam Centellas director La Casa de Amistad
Tony Flora VP Indiana AFL-CIO
Fred Everett INVITED diocese Forte Wayne / South Bend
Student affected by DAPA

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*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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CURRENT LEAFLETS

Medicare For All (HR 676)


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VIDEOS

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?

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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The Expanded & Improved #Medicare For All Act #HR676

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

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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.

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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