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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 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



City of Detroit retirees' healthcare slashed

'When severe cuts to retiree health care are included, former city workers are likely to recover no more than about 30% of what the city says they are owed. The city proposed paying less than one-third of its retiree health-care liabilities to a newly created trust fund over 20 years.'  (Wall Street Journal 2/21/14).  Read More

Just to give you an idea of incredible waste in our current medical system

I went to a new doctor for a rotator cuff problem. When I called a few weeks ago, they asked who referred me and I said, no one, I had noticed their practice because it is across the hall from my primary care doctor's office. I asked if a referral was necessary, and they said, no, just wondering. They took my name, address, phone, insurance info (ID number, group number) and asked for the name of my primary care doctor, so I gave it to them. They said that they'd receive my medical history for him so they knew something about me.  Read More

Autoworker retiree healthcare: "You mean we didn't get anything"

The UAW Voluntary Employee Beneficiaries Association (VEBA) in the end is just a hoard of money disconnected from production.  That hoard must be gambled on penny stocks and junk bonds in the hope of hitting it lucky.  That is the consequence of UAW autoworker retiree healthcare being permanently separated from UAW contract obligations and the corporate accounting regulations governed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board.  Read More



*Monday 4/28/14 at 10:30am to 11:30am - RETIREES FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING at UAW Local 22, 4300 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210 (map).  Committe member reports and planning.

*Monday 4/28/14 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. Everyone is welcome.  Cinco De Mayo Potluck Luncheon after the meeting. 

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

*Friday 4/11/14 to Saturday 5/3/14 -Drive for Universal Healthcare (DUH) - Spring 2014 Tour Dates:  Starting in San Diego on April 11th, DUH and The Healthcare Movie will visit California, Oregon, and Washington.   Here is our April/May calendar.

The Drive for Universal Healthcare (DUH) travels across the country to promote and help establish a tax-supported, fully comprehensive, non-discriminatory healthcare system for all residents of the United States.

*Tuesday 4/22/14 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm - Labor and Obamacare: Problems, Threats, and the Road Forward hosted by  Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - NY Metro Chapter at 220 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, New York 10001 (map).

The Affordable Care Act includes provisions that would “destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members,” as stated in the recent joint letter from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers and UNITE HERE to Congressional leadership.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Saturday 4/26/14 9:00am to 4:00pm - 2014 SPAN State Conference at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center 4900 Sinclair Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229 (map).

Gerald Friedman will talk about Economic Inequality and its relationship with our health care system. Other speakers/presenters are Will Petrik from Advocates for Ohio's Future, Matthew Noordsij-Jones, MD and Kathy Lambes, MD.

Register at website. You can download a registration form or register online.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Sunday 4/27/14 at 10:30am to 3:30pm - Speakers' & Lobby Training hosted by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - NY Metro Chapter at CUNY's Murphy Institute 25 W 43rd St, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10036 (map).

You're at a podium, in front of colleagues at the hospital.
Or having dinner with your in-laws.
Or meeting with your senator.
You have a few minutes to explain why we need a single-payer health care system.

Not so easy. We know.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Tuesday 5/6/14 at 10:00am - Annual Single Payer Lobby Day: Healthcare Is A Human Right! hosted by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - NY Metro Chapter at New York State Capitol, State Street, Albany, NY 12144 (map).

If you register before May 2nd, you'll be grouped with a team of people from your district to meet with your elected officials. There will be a briefing on the issue in the morning followed by a press conference/rally and meetings with legislators in the afternoon.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

These activities are endorsed by Retirees for Single Payer Health Care because FOOD IS BASIC HEALTHCARE:

*Sunday 4/27/14 11:00am to 12:30pm -Sunday in Cass Park with Our Friends and the Forgotten Worker...Spring, we will see at Cass Park Historic District, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (View Map · Get Directions)

Spring is finally here and the last time in the Park the line began to grow. It is good to see life returning and our Friends back out again.

We have already put some time into Park clean up, but that will be ongoing as the weather warms up.

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 two 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.

Most people feel better after a Sunday in the Park.

*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.



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



Medicare For All (HR 676)

Young Adults Skip Health Care As Medical Costs Rise




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.


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

Medicare For All
(HR 676)

Everybody In, Nobody Out - 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 – 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