Since 1987 Physicians for a National Health Program has advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. A large part of our work involves educating health professionals, and others, about the benefits of a single-payer system - including fewer administrative costs and providing comprehensive health insurance for all residents of the United States.
On July 17th, PNHPWA had a Board Retreat facilitated by Chuck Richards, Past-President of Health Care for All - WA.
We talked about the PNHPWA Mission Statement, ways to pressure Congress to move ahead on Improved Medicare for All in 2021-22, and plans for our next PNHPWA
Register for the meeting here
Join us in this important action to show your support of Improved Medicare for All. The march in Seattle is one of now 50 cities across the country. The March is endorsed by lots of organizations including PNHPWA, HCHR-WA, HCFA-WA. Local speakers include PNHPWA's Hugh Foy as well as Joe Martin (Pike Place Market Clinic), and Gina Owens (WA-CAN). It will assemble in Westlake Park around 1PM, then march to Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheater. There will be speakers and entertainment at both ends and along the way, including Jim Page and Bob Wickline.
National Event Website - https://m4m4all.org - with information About US, Coalition partners in cities across the country, and Seattle specific info including hoot speed the word and sign-up
After the M4A March, head back to Westlake Center for an important march and vigil in honor of Kaloni Bolton. She was not immediately treated at a Renton urgent care clinic while suffering a severe asthma attack, dying at age 12 because of medical racism and negligence. Hosted by Decolonizing Science
Washington CAN is organizing this event at Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield's Montlake Terrace Campus, focusing on its raising its rates by 35% in 2018 and slashing its workforce.
Action details here
Sponsored by Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action and Mayor's Commission on African American Elders - Zoom link
Please join us in bannering over the I-5 50st Overpass in Seattle.
Info & Sign up here
June 15th - HCHR-WA - "Medicare for All and State-Based Universal Health Care - Teach-In" with Stephanie Kang, Rep. Jayapal's Health Policy Director explained the Medicare for All proposal and health care gains we could win in the next big Congressional package. We also got a report on the new Washington State Universal Health Care Commission and other health care gains made in the 2021 legislative session, the "Medicare Cliff" problem, Medicare (dis) Advantage plans, Plan for an August meeting with health care reform advocates and our federal and state legislators, and HCHR-WA Calls to Action.
Watch the meeting video here
Health Care for All - WA - Meeting with Senators Emily Randall (LD 26), Karen Keiser (LD 33), David Frocckt (LD 48) and Rep. Nicole Macri(LD 43) to recap the “Health Care Victories in the 2021 Legislative Session” - Check here for info
Health Care for All - WA - "How Racism Creates Health Inequities" Check for recorded video link with Health Care for All WA
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action - Webinar on how Medicare Advantage sabotages traditional Medicare - watch it here
HCFA-WA webinar - "Great American Health Care Scam" - Dr. David Belk exposes the skam of drug & hospital pricing. Sponsored by HCFA-WA - Check for recorded video link with Health Care for All WA
May 19th - PNHPWA Monthly Meeting - "America's Might Medical-Industrial Complex: Negative Impacts and Positive Solutions" - Dr. John Geyman - watch it here and download John's slides from PNHPWA website
July 24th, 1pm - March for Medicare for All in Seattle - details coming
August Congressional Recess - HCHR-WA Forum with our federal and state lawmakers to discuss how Congress can support our state's health care needs and commitment to covering all Washingtonians - Date TBD
On July 24th, PNHPWA will be joining with other local organization to demonstrate our advocacy for Improved Medicare for All (our own Rep. Pramila Jayapal's HR 1976) in the streets of downtown Seattle. There will be similar marches across the country
Andre Stackhouse, the lead organizer for the march in Seattle brought us up to speed on the march plans at this point.
Watch the meeting video here
We were very honored to have Dr. John Geyman join us from Friday Harbor to discuss his latest book. It could not be published at a more timely period as the pandemic has further exposed the inadequacies in our shameful health system. We should all have this book (order here) to keep us up-to-date on what we have to know as we advocate for Improved Medicare for All in 2021.
The meeting discussion after John's presentation included a range of topics - state and national single payer advocacy, "good" and "bad" incrementalism, is the M4A movement headed in the "right" direction?, the dangers of private equity in our HC system, student debt and family practice, and more. Download John's Powerpoint slides here
Watch the meeting here
Health care in rural areas has suffered over the past many years as economic interests have concentrated and consolidated health care resources in more lucrative urban areas. Rural hospitals have shut down and patients have to travel long distances to receive care.
In our meeting, Dr. Kevin Walsh described working in the public sector for over 30 years; at the Indian Health Service Clinic in Chinle, AZ, the Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, WA, the Eastside CHC in Bellevue and most recently in the Community Health Clinic of Central Washington in Ellensburg.
We had a lively discussion that covered Kevin's career with lots of comments and questions about providing care away from the "main stream." Watch the meeting here has lots of info, handouts, video and other resources here
PNHP Western Washington has just changed its name to PNHP Washington. This indicates our hopes and plans to extend our network and truly become a strong state-wide organization as we move along in 2021 in our advocacy for Improved Medicare for All. We were very fortunate to have as our speaker Kaytlin Gilbert, PNHP's National Organizer, Zoomed in from Chicago.
Kaytlin told us about how other state or local chapters of PNHP have gone about organizing wider networks and what we can learn from those experiences.
Watch the Zoom meeting here
In this meeting we "participated" in a lecture by the legendary Robert Reich who talked about how to communicate effectively and convincingly with audiences that might not share the same views and values. This topic is especially appropriate at this point in time in 2021 as we advocate for Improved Medicare for All and need to bring new people into the conversation. The video is about 80 minutes but broken into segments where the 20 attendees discussed what they just heard and how it relates to our organizing for Improved Medicare for All.
You can watch the meeting here
Healthcare Now has made several videos of the plenary session and workshops from its excellent Jan 18-24
Pramila Jayapal: Victories and Challenges Ahead for the M4A Bill - here
Panel: Where We Go from Here: Lessions for the Movement - here
COVID-19 Pandemic: Opportunities for Medicare for All - here
False Promise of the Public Option - here
Medicare for All and the Future of Labor - here
Implicit Bias, Health Inequities, and Medicare for All - here
Medicare for All and Racial Justice - here
Single Payer 101 + Biden's Plans - here
Shaping the Fight in a New Organizing Landscape - here
Notes on Developing Leadership - here
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