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 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


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IN MY OPINION

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

“Healthcare for All” is the strategy of the many

In reality, “Healthcare for All” is not a reform of “Healthcare for Some.” It is a strategy to establish a healthcare system to meet the healthcare needs of everyone in this country.  Read More

Hey everybody, hope you all enjoy Labor Day

 I don't usually post like this, but this has been on my mind for a while.  Read More


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ACTIVITIES

*Monday 10/6/14 at 11:30am to 1:30pm - RETIREES FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE at UAW Local 22, 4300 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210 (map).  Standard Agenda.  

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

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

Fall begins and brings a chill in the air. The care free warm days will be fewer and fewer as the weeks go by. Nature will offer 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 meet 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.

*Thursday 10/16/14 from 6:00pm to 10:30pm - 2nd Annual Fundraiser (2014) for Sundays in Cass Park at the Gaelic League Irish American Club of Detroit 2068 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48216 (map).

Thank you to everyone who made the 2013 fundraiser such a spectacular success! We couldn't have done it without you. So, we're making plans for our second event.

We will have food, music, another "tin can" raffle, and a few other surprises.

Featured musicians will be Corktown Popes.

Jim Rehberg and his friends will be serving up a spaghetti dinner, with several salads & garlic bread. Lots of desserts and Detroit Bold coffee. And of course you can purchase stronger drinks from the bar.

We're asking for a $15 donation, but give what you can; nobody will be turned away.  Please share widely.

See Facebook Event for more information.

*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

Medicare For All (HR 676)


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VIDEOS

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?

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.
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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.

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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
NON-PROFIT HEALTHCARE
SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE