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

Saving rural hospitals is key to Health Care for All

Rural hospitals everywhere are fighting for their existence. Fifty have closed since 2010, affecting the jobs, health, and lives of over 800,000 people. When the critical access hospital in Belhaven, North Carolina, closed last summer, the town’s Republican mayor knew his town’s fate was connected to a broader fight. With support from the state’s Moral Mondays campaign, a 2014 walk to Washington, DC was organized to address the hospital’s future.  Read More 

Illinois Central Labor Council Endorses HR 676

At its regular meeting on April 15, 2015, the Champaign County AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed HR 676, national single payer health care legislation, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).  Read More 

Chattanooga Area Labor Council is 150th Council to endorse HR 676

The Chattanooga Area Labor Council endorsed HR 676 at its regular monthly meeting March 23, 2015, reports Gary Watlkins, Council President. HR 676 is the national single payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). The bill currently has 48 co-sponsors including Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis,Tennessee. Read More


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ACTIVITIES

*Monday 7/20/15 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.

*Thursday 7/30/15 from 9:00am to 6:00pm – Metro Detroit Medicare’s 50 Anniversary Activities July 30, 2015 sponsored by Michigan Nurses Association and Retirees for Single Payer Health Care. Celebrate the accomplishments of MEDICARE and rally to emphasize the need for MEDICARE FOR ALL

Metro Detroit Medicare’s 50 Anniversary Activities July 30, 2015


10:00 AM
Lobbying of Metro-Detroit
Congressional Offices

Buses will be provided and depart at 9 AM from

UAW Local 600
10550 Dix Ave
Dearborn, MI 48120
(map)

Register at 
Retirees for Single Payer Health Care
Or Michigan Nurses Association 
for a seat

to
 lobby

U. S. Representative John Conyers 
and
U.S. Senator Gary Peters

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11:30 AM
Rally
at
Central United Methodist Church
23 East Adams
Detroit, MI 48226
(map)

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1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Celebration / Refreshments / Program
at
UAW Local 600
10550 Dix Ave
Dearborn, MI 48120
(map)

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For details about statewide Medicare events
Contact ROBERT SISLER of UAW Region 1A Retiree Chapter
 at
 (313) 824-0952 or rsisler@csswayne.org

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Endorsements

Michigan Nurses Association
UAW Local 600
UAW Region 1A Retiree Chapter
Retirees for Single Payer Health Care
Metro-Detroit CLUW / Coalition of Labor Union Women
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO)
National Welfare Rights Union (NWRU)
​Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit
Single-Payer Action Network (SPAN) – Ohio
Michigan Alliance to Strengthen Social Security and Medicare (MASSSM)
Hood Research 
Detroit Active and Retired Employee Association - DAREA
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)
Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance
Young Democrats of Michigan

Retirees for Single Payer Health Care LEAFLET
Michigan Nurses Association LEAFLET


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

Thursday 7/30/15 from 7:00am to 6:00pm - HEALTHCARE JUSTICE LOBBY - HOUSE OF REPS - Washington, DC and VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE.

Lobby your Congressman to do the following: 1) Co-sponsor HR676 - Expanded and Improved Medicare for all Americans Act; 2) Expand Medicaid by changing the ACA wording, 3) Ask them to protect, improve and expand medicare in some other manner

This event can be accomplished in person or by phone, fax, email, or facebook post to their official page. To find your representative and their contact information, use this link and enter your zip code: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

NEXT, click on the representative's name. This will take you to their .gov page which will give you several options:

If you intend to go to Washington DC in person, then click on the choice about tour reservations. Complete the form with appropriate information. My request included the following: I would like a tour and an opportunity to talk with Congressman XXXXXXXX about protecting, improving and expanding Medicare.

If you can only participate by phone, fax email, or facebook post, look for links to your preferred method of contact on the representative's page. Be respectful and specific in your request. Some representatives can also be contacted by twitter, if you can squeeze your request into 140 characters.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Thursday 7/30/15 from 11:00am to 2:00pm - Medicare Birthday Celebration and March sponsored by Single-Payer Action Network (SPAN) - Ohio at Lakewood Park, Belle Ave and Lake Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 (map)

Join us for fun, food and action!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Food, fun, social media, music by Dixieland band

12:00 pm Speeches by Debbie Silverstein, a representative from Senator Brown's office, State Senator Mike Skindell and more.

1:00 pm March to Lakewood Hospital or more fun and games.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

Thursday 7/30/15 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Medicare's 50th Birthday! hosted by Mass-Care at Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108 (map)

Come help celebrate Medicare’s 50th anniversary on July 30th in Boston and in Western MA! As you may already know, Medicare is one of our nation’s most valuable and popular social programs. It currently covers 55 million Americans and has significantly improved the financial security of many families. So let’s show Medicare how much it means to us by enjoying a birthday party. We’ll have live music, refreshments, BIRTHDAY CAKE, and inspirational speakers. Bring your friends, bring your families, this is going to fun event for everyone to enjoy!

We are proud to be partnering with the Mass Nurses Association, Mass Senior Action Council, PNHP and Healthcare-NOW!

What: Birthday party for Medicare’s 50th anniversary
When: July 30th
Time: 1pm
Where: Boston, Massachusetts State House Senate Reading Room, Room 437
AND Western MA:
9 - 10am Springfield
11 - noon Holyoke
1:30 - 2:30pm Northampton
3:30 - 4:30pm Greenfield
Who: EVERYONE

ALSO Sign our petition here:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/494/773/321/support-medicares-50th-birthday-medicare-for-all-single-payer-healthcare/?taf_id=13891579&cid=fb_na#

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

Friday, 7/31/15 from 7:00am to 6:00pm - HEALTHCARE JUSTICE LOBBY - SENATE - Washington, DC and VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE.

Lobby your Senator to do the following: 1) Expand and Improve Medicare to All Americans; 2) Expand Medicaid by changing the ACA wording; 3) Ask them to protect, improve and expand medicare in some other manner,

This event can be accomplished in person or by phone, fax, email, or facebook post to their official page. To find your senator and their contact information, use this link and click on your state in the upper right hand corner: http://www.senate.gov/?OrderBy=state

NEXT, click on the senator's name. This will take you to their .gov page which will give you several options:

If you intend to go to Washington DC in person, then click on the choice about tour reservations. Complete the form with appropriate information.

If you can only participate by phone, fax email, or facebook post, look for links to your preferred method of contact on the senators' pages. Be respectful and specific in your request. Some representatives can also be contacted by twitter, if you can squeeze your request into 140 characters.

See FACEBOOK EVENT for more information.

*Friday 10/30/15 at 7:00pm thru Sunday 11/1/15 at 12:00pm – National Strategy Conference for Single Payer Healthcare at Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 (map).

The Labor Campaign for Single PayerHealthcare NOW and One Payer States will hold a joint national strategy conference at the Chicago Hilton, October 30 through November 1. The Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) will also be holding their annual meeting in a nearby hotel and we will be teaming up with them for a number of joint events.

This will be the first ever conference that brings together four nationally prominent single-payer organizations, national, regional and local unions and state and local advocacy groups. We will come together five years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act and 50 years after the launch of Medicare to discuss the next steps in the fight for healthcare justice. This conference will be an historic opportunity to assess our strengths and weaknesses, learn from our experiences and build unity as we work to win single-payer, Medicare for All for everyone in America.

The conference will convene at 7 PM on Friday, October 30 with a reception and plenary hosted by all four sponsoring organizations. United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and National Nurses United Co-President Jean Ross will be among the featured speakers. The conference will adjourn no later than noon on Sunday, November 1. Information on the agenda and workshops will be posted shortly.

Unions that support the work of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer are urged to send representatives. Union leaders and activists who would like to learn how their union can do more in the fight for healthcare justice and who want to connect with others from around the country are also encouraged to attend.

Registration is now open for what will be the largest-ever national conference of single-payer advocates in Chicago from October 30 to November 1. The early registration fee will be $75 and will include the Friday reception and Saturday lunch. A block of hotel rooms will be available at the Chicago Hilton for $159 per night. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling 877-865-5320 and referencing NSC/Single Payer Strategy Conference. 

​For more information see the Labor Campaign for Single PayerHealthcare-NOW and Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) websites

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

*Sunday 7/26/15 from 11:00am to 12:30pm - Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Fogotten Worker...Treasure the Women at Cass Park Historic District, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (View Map · Get Directions)

​Warm weather is in full swing and we are back in the Park after a couple of weeks off. This Sunday will be a bit special in that the Women's table should be up and going. So if you are wondering what I can bring, think about the Women of the Park area. We will put up a little canopy and try to make it private.

A handful of us, a couple of weeks ago, put in most of the garden on a chilly, rainy Sunday. Check it out, it is on the Cass Tech High side. The walk by garden will be providing bites to eat to those that walk by soon.

The needs remain the same for our friends, a good meal, some clean ready to wear clothes and some good conversation and friendship.

We are still visitors in the Park, so we do what we can to keep it clean and safe.

*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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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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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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