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



On Oct. 20th, 2014, United Nations representatives met with the Mayor, and part of his staff to discuss the recent mass water shutoff’s plaguing Detroit

On Oct. 20th, 2014, United Nations representatives met with the Mayor, and part of his staff to discuss the recent mass water shutoff’s plaguing Detroit. The meeting was very frank and at times contentious with the Special Rapporteurs asking questions based on citizen/resident reports they had received from what they refer to as “civil society” organizations and direct visits to residential homes.  Read More

My OPERS health insurance premium right now is $44/mo

My OPERS health insurance premium right now is $44/mo. Starting in 2016, that shoots up to $236/mo. With no COLA in sight until 2018, I have no idea how I am going to pay this amount of money for my health insurance premium. That's a substantial hit on a budget that is already forcing me to eat two tiny meals per day. By 2018, I will be expected to pay the entire $814/mo. cost for my health insurance as the share that OPERS pays is cut back each year until 2018, when they will pay nothing for our health insurance. Living on $1700/mo., I have no idea how I will be expected to pay $814/mo. for health insurance by 2018.  Read More

In a nutshell, there are more UAW retirees than there are active members

In a nutshell, there are more UAW retirees than there are active members. A Single Payer Health Care Plan would greatly benefit not only them, but also aging baby boomers and the disadvantaged. Actually, it would benefit EVERY American except the trillion-dollar Big Pharm and Health Insurance industries - who get tax breaks from the citizens for whom they provide service. Plus, people could go to the *doctor of their choice*, which would do away with much-despised for-mega-profit HMO's.  Read More



*Saturday 10/25/14 to Wednesday 12/31/14 - Sign the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Petition Regarding Emergency Measures for Ebola Control

October 25, 2014

Please join me in calling on President Obama to implement emergency measures to address the Ebola crisis. A strong evidence-based response is needed, including a commitment by the U.S. to support health needs in Africa and to eliminate barriers to care within the United States.

Please click here ( to add your name to the Health Professionals’ Petition Regarding Emergency Measures for Ebola Control, and consider forwarding it to colleagues.


Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

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

*Tuesday 11/10/14 at 7:30pm - The Truth About the Veterans Administration Hosted by Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP) Metro NY Chapter at 10 Union Square Beth Israel, New York, New York 10003 (map).

Earlier this year, media coverage surrounding the Veteran's Administration (VA) was rampant, claiming excessive waiting times for veterans. Mainstream media emphasized problems with government-run health care, but wait times are not exclusive to the VA. In fact, PNHP researchers point out that there are an estimated 45,000 deaths per year because people couldn't get the care they needed when they needed it. So...did we get the whole story on the VA?

Join PNHP NY Metro for a conversation with physicians who will share first hand accounts about delivering care in the VA, the U.S. model of socialized health care.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from those who provide quality care for our veterans.


David Alfandre, MD, VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care
Laura Boylan, MD, Neurologist, PNHP NY Metro Board Member
Sam Rosenthal, MD, VA Physician

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Friday 11/14/14 to Saturday 11/15/14 - Physicians for a National Health Plan Annual Meeting & Leadership Training at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1201 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans 70130 (map).

Our nation’s health care crisis, which gives rise to so much injustice, desperation and unnecessary suffering, continues. PNHP’s evidence-based cure – a single-payer health system – is an essential step toward achieving health equity and a more humane society. In more ways than one, we have a great, liberating mission.

It’s in that spirit that we cordially invite you to attend the Annual Meeting of Physicians for a National Health Program on Saturday, Nov. 15, in New Orleans. The meeting will be preceded by our popular Leadership Training on Friday afternoon, Nov. 14.

We urge you to register online today.

This year's meeting promises to be one of our most stimulating, with a mix of plenary speakers and interactive workshops on single payer, politics, race, and national and state-based health reform. About 300 physicians and medical students from around the country are expected, including chapter chairs from PNHP's two dozen local chapters and a large contingent of medical students.

Among the speakers you’ll hear at this year's Annual Meeting will be campaign finance reform activist Lawrence Lessig, and legal scholar Dorothy Roberts on race and health care reform (both pictured above). Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, PNHP co-founders, will present us with the latest trends in U.S. health care and ideas of how to advance single-payer health reform in a challenging political and economic landscape. Dr. Adam Gaffney and Dr. Stephen Kemble will share ideas about a new PNHP proposal and a proposal for mental health reform. Dr. Diljeet Singh will speak about the ACA and the impact on women’s health. You will also have an opportunity to meet PNHP’s president-elect, Dr. Robert Zarr.

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

*Sunday 11/9/14 from 11:00am to 12:30pm - Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker...Gratitude at Cass Park Historic District, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (View Map · Get Directions)

​Gratitude is what we receive from those we share with. Gratitude is also what we give to those who make it possible for us to share with others
I am full of gratitude for the support we have received from the community that stands behind us in our desire to look out for others.

Thank You is still too small of a word, but that is all I can say right now. Thank You to everyone that makes this possible.

Fall is settling in and now there is a chill is really in the air. The care free warm days will become a memory as the weeks go by and the trees lose their leaves. Nature is offering us a show of color and it's own beauty, but for those without homes or a warm place to rest, these days have different message. The new arena has broken ground and for some it signals new and better things to come. For our Friends it is just another chill in the air of changes, that they may not be welcome in their own neighborhood.

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.

So we continue to gather twice a month in Cass Park at 11:00 am on the 2nd and 4th Sunday to share a meal, some necessities, some clean ready to wear 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.

*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.



Medicare For All (HR 676)



The Digital Disruption - Technology & Economics for the 99% 

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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.

TalkingStickTV - Kshama Sawant - Keynote Address at the PNHPWW Annual Meeting 

Talk by Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative Seattle City Councilmember given July 19, 2014 at the PNHPWW 9th Annual Public Meeting at Kane Hall, University of Washington.


Student Advocacy Fund

PNHP - NEW YORK METRO CHAPTER - To honor Dr. Pierson's lifelong commitment to mentoring generations of medical students, we launched the Richard N. Pierson, Jr. Student Advocacy Fund at our annual benefit in 2012. Please give generously to help us expand our important work with health professional students. 

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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”