MEDICARE FOR ALL (HR676)

Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act (HR 676)


MISSION

Mission Statement of Retirees for Single Payer Health Care 


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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 2016 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 2016 Elections.  If you are not registered get registered and vote. If you are registered do not stay home, vote.  Read More


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IN MY OPINION

The Source of the Healthcare Crisis in this Country

There has always been poverty in this country. And the source has always been the increases in the productivity of labor. In the past, poverty has been overcome by building more factories and employing those in poverty. Read More

The System Is Sick video

 I sang at the Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso last night, started with my original, Ken's Song, inspired by testimony of Kenneth Horn including "for those who oppose a nationalized healthcare, I let you know, I use to oppose it, until I have lost my job, my insurance and my ability to obtain care. Second, I did a Stix cover, "Come Sail Away." Then, I have finished with a Mikuak Rai cover, "The System is Sick." I think Ogan Gurel helped him make the song. So, I'm not the only one writing healthcare justice songs.  Read More 

Health care law did not end discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions

In 2010 the giant health insurance company WellPoint created an algorithm that searched its database, located breast cancer patients, and targeted them for cancellation of their policies.  Read More 



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ACTIVITIES


*Monday 3/30/15 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.

*Saturday 3/28/15 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm - March For Justice From Selma to Detroit...50 Years Later...Same Issues, Same Fight start at Chene Park to Martin Luther King H.S. (map).

The Church is alive and well and wants to activate the minds of the people.  There is power in unity and the Church is still socially active.  We can do things as a people, and with God's help...great things!

 See MARCH FOR JUSTICE website for more information.

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

*Saturday, 3/21/15 at 9:00am – Desayuno y Taller Organizativo con el Nuevo Movimiento Santuario / New Sanctuary Movement Breakfast and Organizing Workshop Hosted by Voces de la Frontera at Saint Alexanders Roman Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53215 (map)

L@s companer@s del Nuevo Movimiento Santuario les invitan a un desayuno y taller sobre organizando en las comunidades religiosas para los derechos de los inmigrantes. Santuario es un programa basado en la fe de Voces. El evento es sábado, el 21 de marzo, entre las 9am y las 12pm, en la parroquia St. Alexander (3344 S. 16th St.). Si usted quiere acompañarnos o quiere saber más, favor de llamar a Samuel Singleton-Freeman por 414-719-1373.

En el taller nos capacitaremos para organizar mejor. Organizando es una manera para que miembros de la comunidad pueden actuar con fuerza para realizar sus visiones en la sociedad y poner un alto a injusticia. Platicaremos sobre:

• Causas de migración y desigualdad económica
• Papel de comunidades de fe en opresión y liberación
• Organizando 


The members of the New Sanctuary Movement invite you to a breakfast and workshop about organizing in faith communities for immigrants’ rights. Sanctuary is a faith-based program of Voces. The breakfast and workshop will be Saturday, March 21st, from 9am until 12pm at St. Alexander Catholic Church (3344 S. 16th St.) If you would like to know more or you wish to RSVP, please call Sam Singleton-Freeman at 414-719-1373. 

In the training we will improve ourselves so we can organize better. Organizing is a way that community members can act powerfully to root out injustice and realize their visions for society. We will discuss: 

• Causes of migration and economic inequality
• Role of faith communities in oppression and liberation
• Organizing

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Thursday 3/26/15 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm - HEALTH CARE IN MASSACHUSSETTS: AN AILING MODEL? sponsored by MassCare and PNHP at Armenise Amphitheater, Harvard Medical School, 210 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA (map)

Come to our first public hearing/speak out! Co-Hosted with PNHP and Jamie Eldridge

March 26th at 6pm at the Harvard School of Medicine

http://masscare.org/testing-2/

For more information contact director@masscare.org

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Saturday 4/11/15 at 6:00pm to 12:00am - Inner City Blues Festival 2015 - Healing the Health Care Blues at Eagles North Portland Foe 3426, 7611 N Exeter Ave, Portland, Oregon 97203 (map).

Fun event of Blues music to raise awareness and funds for Health Care for ALL Oregon

See Facebook Event for more information.

*Wednesday, 4/15/15 at 5:30pm to 8:30pm - For The People: A Celebration of Health Care Leaders 2015 hosted by hosted by Health Care For All at Westin Copley Place Boston Hotel, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 (map).

We hope that you can join us! Health Care For All (HCFA) is poised to celebrate 30 years of connecting consumers to care. This year’s event will give us the opportunity to look back at Health Care For All’s role in placing Massachusetts in the vanguard of near universal coverage and making high quality, affordable health care accessible to the residents of the Commonwealth, and we will also preview our ambitious and exciting plans for 2015 and beyond. This evening's event will include a networking reception, dinner and a short program celebrating health care leaders.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Friday 5/15/15 to Sunday 5/17/15 - Call to the Second National Labor Fightback Conference at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, May 15–17, 2015.

Trade unionists and our allies in community organizations need to address these challenges, which imperil the very continued existence of the labor movement as a viable social and economic force. That is why the Labor Fightback Network is convening the Second National Labor Fightback Conference to be held May 15–17, 2015, at the Rutgers University Labor Education Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

See WEBSITE for more information.


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

*Sunday 4/12/15 from 11:00am to 12:30pm - Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Fogotten Worker...the date says it is Spring, the temp may be cold at Cass Park Historic District, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (View Map · Get Directions)

​Spring is here and the snow has melted. Time to get back in the middle of the Park. We can stretch out and have a day with our Friends. The just above freezing temp may keep a chill on things, but most of us get to go home to a warm house after. So, the needs remain the same and an extra portion of warmth for our Friends is needed. I've been asked to get there a half hour early, so I will (that will be a first). Keep that in mind if you want too. Also the Nain Rouge will not have a run this year, so there should be no blockades :-)

See You Sunday

*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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CURRENT LEAFLETS

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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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The Expanded & Improved #Medicare For All Act #HR676

In 2012, 47 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured. This is not a statistic. This is a crisis

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Retirees for Single Payer Health Care
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.

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“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

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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
RETIREES FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE
‘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”
EVERYTHING, INCLUDING HEALTHCARE, IS NOW POLITICAL

EVERYBODY IN, NOBODY OUT HEALTHCARE
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