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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



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

Woodland Water Station Update

Woodland Water Station Update:

First, thank you.

Thank you for all of the encouragement, love, supplies, and support. THANK YOU for the people that showed up to be the boots on the ground. Your work has been intricate in geting resources to people. That interaction has provided help mediating water being turned on through Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, water being distributed, hot meals being served, baby wipes and hand sanitizer to people with out water. You people are my sh/heroes. I love you all and you know who you are.  Read More

Kris Hamel Statement

This morning I testified in U.S. bankruptcy court as an objector to the austerity plan being proffered by Detroit's emergency dictator. I demanded Rhodes put an immediate moratorium on the mass water shutoffs. He ordered the Jones Day lawyer to bring somebody to court at 2 p.m. who knows what's going on with the water. She brought the deputy director Darryl Latimer (sp?) who was grilled by Judge Rhodes for 15 minutes and came off like a total idiot. The judge ordered the water department to come back to court next Monday with a "serious" plan for addressing the shutoffs, because, "as we heard this morning, this is both a national and international disgrace." Here is my testimony:  Read More



*Monday 8/4/14 at 11:30am to 1:30pm - RETIREES FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE MEETING at UAW Local 22, 4300 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210 (map).  The Digital Disruption - Technology & Economics for the 99%a film by Peter Brown, Instructor - Manufacturing Technology at Laney College, Oakland, CA.  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 AND WATER ARE BASIC HEALTHCARE:

*Friday 8/1/14 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm - Water Advocate Dinner + Training Session at Detroit Water Brigade, 1514 Washington Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48226 (map).

You are needed to help Detroit families settle their delinquent water bills with a fair, affordable payment!

On Friday night, Aug. 1, we are training Brigade volunteers to serve as 'Water Advocates' and accompany families with their bills into the payment center to ensure they are treated respectfully and offered fair plans and the financial assistance they need to continue to receive affordable, clean water.

Dinner will be served! Veggie and vegan options available as well.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Saturday 8/2/14 from 8:30am to 5:00pm - Detroit Water Affordability Fair at 13303 E. McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48205 (map).

The DWSD has agreed to a 15-day halt to shutoffs and to work with any families with financial need to keep their water on: "We want to help them and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to receive that help."*

The Detroit Water Brigade stands ready to assist families in getting to the Water Affordability Fair and matching them with trained Water Advocates who will accompany them into the payment center to make sure they get support and a payment plan that is affordable for them.

We are working to set up busing and vans to pick up residents who need transportation to the Fair. Let us know in the comments if you can give a ride or if you need one!

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Sunday 8/10/14 from 11:00am to 12:30pm -Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker...an Oasis of Hope at Cass Park Historic District, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (View Map · Get Directions)

Our Sundays in the Park together with our Friends sometimes feels like an Oasis of Hope and Love. In our world and in the news that beats us over the head we can be overwhelmed with rotten, coldhearted and disturbing realities of the human condition. Here we can take a break from that and do what needs to be done to improve the human condition for a little while.

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.

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.

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.

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.


“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”