Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act (HR 676)


Mission Statement of Retirees for Single Payer Health Care 


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 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



Unions Can Lead the Struggle for Single-Payer Health Care

Despite passage of the 2010 health care reform bill, employers continue to push for cuts in benefits and to shift costs to workers in higher monthly payments, co-pays, and deductibles.  Read More

My Son

My son is one of those people who have had to settle for what they can afford, rather than what they're going to need in a health care policy. He's not old, and his health is still good, but I worry. What if the poisons we increasingly live with should ruin his health before he reaches Medicare eligibility?  Read More

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 



*Monday 9/8/14 at 11:30am to 1:30pm - REV. EDWARD PINKNEY SPEAKS - A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE RETIREES FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE at UAW Local 22, 4300 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210 (map).  Endorsed by the Detroit and Michigan National Lawyers Guild and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

Printable Leaflet  - See Facebook Event for more information.

*Monday 9/8/14 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm - Rev. Edward Pinkney Speaks - A Special Event of the Detroit and Michigan National Lawyers Guild at La Terraza 8445 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, Michigan 48209 (map).  Endorsed by the Retirees for Single Payer Health Care and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

Printable Leaflet - See Facebook Event for more information.

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

*Saturday 9/6/14 at 6:30pm to 9:30pm - Tribute to General Gordon Baker, Jr.: "The Evolution of a Revolutionary" at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (map).

General Gordon Baker Jr. of Detroit is one of the most significant 20th century revolutionaries. On Sunday, May 18, 2014 he passed away. An intellectual of immense gravity, Gen Baker was loved and respected across the ideological spectrum. His life covered 60 years of activity, inspiring two generations of revolutionaries with his advocacy for social and political revolution. A second memorial tribute will be held to honor General on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 6:30 pm. This program will feature comments by four revolutionaries who worked with General in the movement struggles from the 60's till the present. All are welcome!

See Website and/or Facbook Event for more information

*Saturday 9/6/14 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm - John “Hai” Knapp scheduled to perform at MoJava, 48th and Saint Paul Street, Lincoln NE. Folk Musician/Singer/Songwriter.  Accompanies himself with the acoustic guitar & electronic piano.

That Crazy Folk Musician who Believes That Affordable Access to Healthcare is a Right.

No cover charge. Tips accepted. Please support the venue by buying some of MoJava’s great coffee and other foods.

Hope to see you there. A smoke free, family friendly environment.

Living with Aspergers Syndrome, a mild form of autism I am trying to reach people affected by an autism spectrum disorder. If you have a loved one who challenge with some form of autism this may be a good opportunity for him/her to meet a musician who has also faced similar challenges, largely overcome, and works full time at auto parts manufacturer.

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

*Sunday 9/14/14 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.

*Thursday 10/16/14 from 6:00pm to 10:30pm - 2nd Annual Fundraiser (2014) for Sundays in Cass Park at the Gaelic League Irish American Club of Detroit 2068 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48216 (map).

Thank you to everyone who made the 2013 fundraiser such a spectacular success! We couldn't have done it without you. So, we're making plans for our second event.

We will have food, music, another "tin can" raffle, and a few other surprises.

Featured musicians will be Corktown Popes.

Jim Rehberg and his friends will be serving up a spaghetti dinner, with several salads & garlic bread. Lots of desserts and Detroit Bold coffee. And of course you can purchase stronger drinks from the bar.

We're asking for a $15 donation, but give what you can; nobody will be turned away.  Please share widely.

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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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.

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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”