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 2018 Elections.  If you are not registered get registered and vote. If you are registered do not stay home, vote.  Read More



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 2/13/17 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.

*Sunday 3/19/17 from 2pm to 5pm - Town Hall Meeting - "Healthcare and The Battle Ahead". at UAW Local 22, 4300 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210 (map).

In 2008, then presidential candidate Barack Obama campaigned on Medicare For All. After taking office in 2009, President Obama turned his campaign promise over to Congress to implement. Instead of Medicare For All, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 and President Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010.

Printable Leaflet Town Hall Meeting - "Healthcare and The Battle Ahead"

These activities are endorsed by Retirees for Single Payer Health Care

*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.

*Anytime -  Help the working people of Flint at the Flint Volunteer Reception Center | 1401 S. Grand Traverse Ave | Flint, MI from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

*Anytime - Demand that U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders introduce HR 676 – The Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act as a companion bill in the U.S. Senate.  TELL HIM TO JOIN THE FIGHT THAT U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CONYERS, JR. HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SINCE 2003. Then when he is being attacked by billionaires and their political lackeys for his position on healthcare, he won’t be standing alone because they will also be attacking the supporters of HR 676 in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Contact Senator Sanders and let him know you want him to introduce HR 676 in the Senate



Medicare For All (HR 676)

March 2017

Town Hall Meeting - "Healthcare and The Battle Ahead"

February 2017

"Demonstrating at the Gates of Hell is not Enough"

January 2017

"This is the Battle Ahead"



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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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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”