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State Organizations
advocating for
Health Care
is a Human Right

-Health Care is a Human Right - Washington
Vermont Workers Center
-Health Care for All Oregon
-Maine People's Alliance

-Whole Washington

Organizations advocating for
single payer, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All in Western Washington

*Health Care for All -WA
*Progressive Democrats of America
Health Care is a Human Right - WA
*United for National HealthCare - Bellingham
*Socialist Alternative
*Washington Community Action Network
*Backbone Campaign
*Whole Washington

Dr. Gerald Friedman's economic analysis of how a state single plan would affect our state

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New WHST PowerPoint


It's Time to Add Your Voice

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 mobilizing physicians, other health care workers, and the general public to actively advocate for enactment of a national, comprehensive, high quality, non-profit, publicly-funded health care system serving all residents of the United States.

PNHPWA June 15th Meeting

"A Public Health Approach to Firearm Injury Prevention"

Eileen Bulger, MD

Dr. Bulger, MD, Chief of Surgery at Harborview Medical Center & past Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, gave the presentation and led the discussion on firearm injury.  Covered were mental health & firearms, differences in state and federal regulations, the watered down "bipartisan" Congressional bill being talked about, how underserved and minority communities are inequitably affected, what strategies Seattle has to reach out to affected communities, and more.

Dr. Joseph Cuschieri MD, joined in. He left HMC in 2021 to become Chief of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital where he sees lots of trauma.

Watch the video here

Continuing our Campaign against the Privatization of Medicare
You can help our coalition by signing on to the letters to Pres. Biden and our Congressional delegation asking the end to the ACO-REACH entities and all methods of privatizing Medicare. PSARA will be sending these each month to include new organizational and individual signers. The next batch will go out June 1st, followed by July 1st. Please forward these lists to your organizations and friends.
Click HERE
 to sign the letter to Biden — Don’t Privatize Medicare

Click HERE to sign the letter to Washington’s Congressional Delegation

Turning Up the Heat Toolkit

Call-in scripts
 for the White House and Congress

Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Eastern, Monday through Friday
Call President Biden at (202) 456-1111 between 11:00am and 3:00pm Eastern, Tuesdays through Thursdays
One-page handout: Direct Contracting and REACH, Handing Traditional Medicare to Wall Street
Share your Medicare story: See our one-page handout for tips, and use THIS FORM to share your story
Post to social media using the hashtag #StopREACH — please link to any or all of our materials! website - tons of info & updated regularly

Future Events
June 29th 4pm - PSARA Webinar on ACO-REACH and the privatization threat to traditional Medicare. PNHP's National Board member Dr. Ed Weisbart will give the presentation. Reserve here
July 20th, 7pm - PNHPWA July Monthly Meeting - topic TBD - Register

Recent Events
May 23 - PNHP webinar kickoff of our expanded national "Turning up the Heat on Direct Contracting and Reach Campaign" - Physicians, Seniors & Reps Jayapal, Pocan, Porter, Schakowsky will speak - Watch Video
June 16thWA Universal Health Care Commission - video here soon

PNHPWA May 26th Monthly Meeting
"The Privatization of Everything, including Our Healthcare, and What We Can Do About It"
Donald Cohen

This meeting was particularly timely as PNHP, PSARA, and other organizations in our state are organizing to fight the complete privatization of Medicare through the DCE/ACO-REACH models that have recently come to light.

We talked about how privatization has infiltrated all aspects of the "commons" we are supposed to share, is magnifying inequalities/inequities, & working against the soldarity that would help bind our nation together in these precarious times.

We talked about how privatization has infiltrated all aspects of the "commons" we are supposed to share, is magnifying inequalities/inequities, & working against the soldarity that would help bind our nation together in these precarious times.
Watch the meeting video

PNHPWA April 20th Monthly Meeting
"How to Rebut Arguments
in Favor of DCEs & ACO-REACH"

Ed Weisbart, MD

Dr. Weisbart is on the Board of Physicians for a National Health Program and speaks frequently on health policy issues.

Ed presented a deep dive into the DCE ACO/REACH program that continues on track to fully privatize Traditional Medicare by 2030. REACH proponents are misleading some members of Congress into trusting that REACH addresses the problems inherent in the current DCE models. Ed discussed the 50 year trajectory that has been leading to this corporate takeover of Medicare, the concerns that remain with DCE/REACH, and how to respond to the misinformation thrown out there by the corporate interests pushing these models.
Watch it on YouTube.

AN ASK: During the meeting members of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) asked us for help getting organizations and individuals to sign on to two letters (read here) to 1) Biden, HHS Secretary Becerra, and 2) to our Congressional delegation asking to end the DCE/REACH programs by this December. Also, PSARA is working to get similar resolutions passed by local government councils & district political clubs. The goal is to get thousands of individual signatures & hundreds of organization to support this effort. You can read the letters and resolutions attached below. If you are willing to co-sign add how you would like to be designated, (e.g. your name, retired health care worker, Seattle). Also, please reach out to organizations and/or individuals you feel comfortable asking to co-sign these two PSARA letters. Follow this link to tell PSARA you would like sign on

Learn more aboutthe DCE & REACH models that hope to privatize Medicare on the new PNHP website - paste this link in your browser -

Must Watch - Kip Sullivan's presentation: "Do We Really Have  To Kick Out the Insurance Companies?"  Click VIDEO and SLIDES to view his talk.

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Coalition Partner Websites
Health Care for All Washington
Health Care is a Human Right Washington
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action

Other Events of Note

"Insurance Industry Trojan Horses: What's Wrong with HMOs, ACO's, DCEs, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Care"
Dr. Stephen Kimble
Learn about the dangers of private managed care companies delivering publicly funded health plans - a cautionary tale for our WA Universal Health Care Commission. Keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Kemble is charged with overall health planning for the state of Hawaii and with designing a universal health care system covering everyone in Hawaii. He is a national PNHP Board member who heads PNHP's Anti-Privatization Workgroup - Check for video

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action - Webinar on how Medicare Advantage sabotages traditional Medicare - watch it here

PNHPWA Past Meetings

March 2022 Monthly Meeting
"Next Steps for Health Care Reform in Washington and Beyond"
Andre Stackhouse, Campaign Director for Whole Washington

Watch the meeting here

February 2022 Monthly Meeting
"Mobilizing to Stop DCE's"
Watch the meeting here

January 2022 Monthy Meeting
Strengthening Our PNHP Chapter in 2022
Glen Anderson - Activist, teacher

Watch the Video Here

December 2021 Monthy Meeting
"Looking Ahead to 2022
Watch the video here 

November 2021 Monthly Meeting
“Report on PNHP 2021 Annual Meeting”
PNHP Past-President Adam Gaffney

Watch the meeting here

October 2021 Monthly Meeting
“The Current Status of Health Care Reform
and Improved Medicare for All in Congress”

Dr. Rachel Madley, PhD
Watch the meeting here

September 2021 Monthly Meeting
"Coordinating PNHPWA and SNaHP Advocacy
for Improved Medicare for All "

Hugh Foy, Moderator
Watch the meeting here

August 2021 Monthly Meeting
"Pros and Cons of Incremental Change
in the Struggle for Single Payer Health Care
Dana Iorio, Moderator with Kip Sullivan
Video of the meeting here

July 2021 Monthly Meeting
"PNHPWA Board Retreat Decisions"
Chuck Richards
Video of the meeting here

June 2021 Monthly Meeting
"Planning for July 24th Medicare for All March"
Andre Stackhouse
Watch the meeting video here 

May 2021 Monthly Meeting

"America's Mighty Medical-Industrial Complex:
Negative Impacts and Positive Solutions"

John Geyman, MD
Watch the meeting here 

Download John's Powerpoint slides here

April 2021 Monthly Meeting
"Rural Health Care and Medicare for All"
Kevin Walsh, MD
Watch the meeting here
PNHP's Kitchen Table Campaign on Rural Health
 has lots of info, handouts, video and other resources here

March 2021 Monthly Meeting
"Extending PNHPWA's Network Statewide"
Kaytlin Gilbert - PNHP National Organizer

Watch the Zoom meeting here

PNHPWA February 17th Meeting
"Conversations across Differences"
Robert Reich (video)

Watch the meeting here

Healthcare Now has made several videos of the plenary session and workshops from its excellent Jan 18-24
Medicare for All 2021 Strategy Conference available:

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

John Geyman's latest book and pamphlet

The rise of an enormous medical-industrial complex (MIC) over the last 60 years in the United States has brought wealth to ever-larger corporations, their shareholders and CEOs at the expense of most Americans who struggle gaining access to affordable health care. 

Despite its might on Wall Street, the MIC has left our country poorly prepared to meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, together with its resultant economic downturn. Add the third simultaneous challenge -systemic racism, made obvious by the inequities of disproportionate numbers of COVID-19 deaths among minorities. 

This book describes how the status quo that puts profits ahead of care for patients and families is untenable. It describes three alternative approaches to health care reform, and shows what a 'new normal' can and should look like based on evidence and values of equity and service instead of profiteering, corruption and fraud. 

This will be an ultimate battle royal between corporate America and Main Street that we can't afford to lose.

Order Book here

"The best guide
to the corporate driven corruption that has overtaken health care, and how the search for profit elbowed aside medical ethics and the best traditions of the medical profession"

David Himmelstein, MD and Steffie Woolhandler, MD

Order Common Sense Here

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Video on Single Payer for Washington State

PNHPWA member Mark Hickling has produced a 12 minute video describing the US health care system and those of other developed nations in a down-to-earth way that we can use in our advocacy with friends and family. This video is great for opening a meeting or houseparty.

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