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Dr. George Martin 





George M. Martin, M.D. passed away on December 17, 2022 at the age of 95. A renowned geroscientist, George was devoted to nurturing the next generation of physicians and scientists. He was equally passionate about the need for universal health care and was an active member of the Washington Chapter of PNHP. 

The George M. Martin Student Scholarship Fund provides financial support for medical students to participate in PNHP conferences and events, in the belief and hope that the next generation of physicians will realize the vision of a national health care plan that provides health care for all.
Donate to the GM Student Scholarship Fund Here

So far, more than $20,000 has been donated

PNHP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation to this scholarship fund is tax-deductible; our tax ID# is 04-2937697.

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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 March 15th Monthly Meeting

"Creative Pathways to US  Single Payer/Universal Healthcare"
Chuck Pennacchio, PHD

Chuck Pennacchio, President of One Payer States since 2009, is staying in Seattle till the end of March.  Twenty-four folks attended the very enlightening meeting. Chuck told us about the history of One Payer States, what it has been doing in the 22 states it now has chapters as well as individual members across the country, and what plans OPS has for the future.

Chuck is a five-decade issue, electoral, and union organizer; a 32-year history and politics professor, and aide to four U.S. Senators and one U.S. House Member, 1979-1988 among other impressive activities.

Discussion/Q&A included ERISA waivers; state-based universal health plans & Ro Kanna's enabling bill; what strategies states are using to get their bills enacted; how do we appeal to other less progressive groups as well as we have to be concerned about building bridges with allies; the importance of WA's Universal Health Care Commission; and the importance of efficiency, social equity and full support for reproductive care and bodily autonomy in Single Payer legislation. Links to materials discussed were provided.

Watch the YouTube video of the meeting here

Chris Currie's updated eBook "A Medicare for All Q&A"- Click here


Future Events
*Mon, March 20th, 5:00pm - PSARA Webinar featuring Dr. Ed Weisbart - "Don't Let Naked Profiteering Destroy Our Medicare" - Register here

*Thurs, March 23rd, 6:00pm - "America's Ongoing Public Health Emergency" - with Drs Farzon Nahvi and 
Abdul El-Sayed - Register here

*Tues, March 28, 6:00pm - "Labor, Veterans, and the fight against the privatization of the VA" - with Suzanne Gordon, Steve Early, PNHPWA's Andy Wellens, and other speakers; 6:30pm in person at the WSLC office, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle

Past Events

UW SNaHP Feb 27th Meeting - "Contrasting Physician Experience in US & Canada" - Zoomed to 5 med school campuses

PNHPWA Feb 15th Monthly Meeting
"Building a Multiracial Party & Candidates with a People's Agenda"

Working Families Party of MLK County

Vanessa Clifford will be the new Northwest Working Families Party Regional Director, arriving in Seattle in June. She told us about the WFP - "a multiracial party that fights for workers over bosses and people over the powerful.  WFP works with on-the-ground folks and for two decades has recruited, trained and helped elect transformational leaders across the country.  WFP takes on elections from city council to US Senate – wherever there is a path to win and where winning will advance a people’s agenda, elevate visionary candidates, and help build the multiracial movement we need to win the America we deserve."

We had a lively discussion on how WFP can amplify its work with other progressive organizations in Washington State.
View Video of the meeting here

Other news:

The George Martin Student Scholarship Fund now has more than $24,000 in contributions! It provided support for the Feb 27th UW SNaHP Meeting

NEWS UPDATE - Campaign to Stop Medicare Privatization
CMS announced it has changed its ACO-REACH program to privatize Medicare. It will not enroll any more plans or patients until the "model" and its results are evaluated. This turn of events is due to the outrage and advocacy of more than 300 organizations across the country, including PNHPWA. CMS has scaled back plans to have all Traditional Medicare beneficiaries covered under the privatized ACO-REACH by the end of this decade. The growth of ACO-REACH has ended! Instead of all 36 million Traditional Medicare beneficiaries being enrolled by 2030, the "test model" it will be limited to the current 2 million enrollees. At the start of the plan in January 2023, 132 "organizations" were enrolled in REACH. Now, no further plans will be enrolled!

It is important to recognize this victory, but it is equally important to continue demanding fundamental changes to the way federal policymakers conduct business. We must continue to demand the end of ACO-REACH altogether and the replacement of Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage with Improved Medicare for All.

articles to read & absorb the information:
1. JAMA article by Don Berwick - "Salve Lucrum" ("Hail Profit")
2. Pramila Jayapal's Member of Congress sign-on letter to Biden, Becerra, & CMS regarding limiting Medicare Advantage plan rip-offs & using the savings to strengthen Traditional Medicare. 

PNHP's 35th Anniversary Celebration
Why did you join PNHP - who brought you in? Was it a mentor, a colleague, a friend, or someone else entirely. We would love to hear how you joined our movement.

Contact for guidelines about recording a short video telling your story. 

Take More Action - The PNHP ACO Reach Photo Petition

If you are a Physician, Student, Activist, Patient, or a Senior please download the sign. Take a selfie of yourself holding the sign and email the photo to

ACO-REACH has the goal goal to completely privatize Medicare by 2030 - Here's a website with information you need to help end ACO-REACH -

More Past Events 

Jan 26 - PNHP Webinar - "Exposing the Profiteers behind Medicare REACH"- View YouTube video here

PNHPWA January 18th Monthly Meeting

Working with Legislators and Allies on Single Payer and
Preventing Privatization of Medicare in the 2023 Congress

Dennis  Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich, former Congressman from Ohio and longtime Single Payer advocate, talked about the possibilities of moving forward with Single Payer - Improved Medicare for All, in the coming Legislative session and the dangers of privatization of Medicare.
His talk was followed by a lively Q&A. 50 people attended.

View the YouTube video of the meeting here

His latest book "The Division of Light and Power" chronicles the story of a fight against privatization of a public municipal utility.

Dec 14  HCHR-WA General Meeting to Adopt 2023 Policy Priorities and Budget - Watch Video here.

PNHPWA November 16th Meeting

Report Back from PNHP Annual Meeting in Boston
"Brick by Brick: Building the Movement for Medicare for All"

 Boston November 4-6

Discussion led by attendees Hugh Foy, John Kearney,
Scotty Killian, and David McLanahan

Watch the Video of the PNHPWA Nov 16 Monthly Meeting 
PNHP Annual Meeting Resources and Materials

PNHP Film Room - Lots of films on Single Payer
Adam Gaffney updates famous PNHP Slideshow

The Keynote Speaker talks:
Donald Cohen - "The Privatisation of Everything" - watch video

2. Linda Villarosa - "The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and the Health of Our Nation" - watch video

Workshops: (check here for materials & slideshows)
1. Opportunities for Federal Action
2. Lesson from COVID in Caring for the Underserved - Video
3. Medicare Advantage: What Single Payer Advocates need to know - Ed Weisbart's video
4. Students for a National Health Program Summit and Leadership Training

5. Organising Physicians through Unionisation - Residency and Beyond - Video
6. Building Business Support for Single Payer

7. Reproductive Rights in the Post-Roe Era
8. PNHP Board Meeting Discussion & Summary
PNHP Board meeting
Next Steps for PNHP based on the Four Pillars of Advocacy:
Growing our legislative advocacy
2. Confronting Profiteers
3. Building Relationships and Organising the Allies we need to Win
4. Building networks in every medical association

Watch the Video of the PNHPWA Nov 16 Monthly Meeting 

Here's the latest you need to know about Medicare Advantage:
Recent Articles and Reports Shed Light on Medicare Advantage Issues
News You Won’t Hear from Private Plans During this Enrolment Season

More Past PNHPWA Meetings

PNHPWA September Monthly Meeting
“Now is the Time to Stop Complete Privatization of Medicare” with Kip Sullivan

We were very fortunate to have Kip Sullivan join us to provide his perspective & encyclopedic knowledge of what’s been going on in health care reform and its advocacy going back to the 70’s & especially now regarding DCE’s, ACO-REACH, Medicare Advantage and the strategy of CMMI (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation) as to how it will try to completely privatize Medicare by 2030.

For the meeting, Kip focused on the twin threats to Medicare -- Medicare Advantage and ACOs and brought us up to date on the ACO & Med Advantage track record, and especially on the latest CMMI’s  revised “White Paper” strategy moving forward with “more equitable" ACO-REACH. The presentation was followed by a robust discussion. Lots to learn & master.

Click here to watch the meeting

You can have a copy of Kip's slideshow by sending a request to

PNHPWA July Monthly Meeting

"What Improved Medicare for All Advocates
Can Learn from the Fight Against VA Privatization"

Suzanne Gordon

Suzanne Gordon is a senior policy analyst at the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute, as well as a journalist and co-editor of a Cornell University Press series on health care work and policy issues. Her latest book, Our Veterans: Winners, Losers, Friends, and Enemies on the New Terrain of Veterans Affairs, will be released on August 5th by Duke University Press. She has won a Special Recognition Award from Disabled American Veterans for her writing on veterans’ health issues, much of which has appeared in The American Prospect. Prior work includes Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Heath, Healing and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans.  Her website is

In the Q&A/discussion, PNHPWA Board Member Andy Wellens joined in. For the past 15 years, he has received care in the VA system in Michigan, California and Washington.

This program was of special interest to us as national PNHP's priority this summer and beyond is fighting the stealth DCE/ACO-REACH entities effort to totally privatize Traditional Medicare. Suzanne's knowledge and experience fighting the privatization of our unique VA system has bearing on this struggle. We also looked at how the VA's experience serving  the needs of veterans within its integrated care system can be preserved when we achieve Improved Medicare for  All.
View Video here

July 13thWA Universal Health Care Commission hearing

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 spoke - Watch Video

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

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

More PNHPWA Past Meetings

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.
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.
Watch it on YouTube.

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

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

February 2021 Monthly Meeting
"Conversations across Differences"
Robert Reich (video)

Watch the meeting here

John Geyman's latest book

John Geyman's new book

Are We The UNITED States of America?
Can We Hold Together As One Country? 

Most of us still hold to the belief that we are united by the credos of American democracy. That supposed democracy, however, is under attack from within. An economic ideology of unregulated corporations, privatization of public programs, and a limited role of government, has divided us along lines of income and wealth. Decline of the middle class has become associated with increasing inequality and continued systemic racism.

As the U. S. electorate becomes more diverse, white nationalism has driven a wedge into our unity. We have seen an alarming increase in the number of hate groups and violence across the country. Our two major political parties have become more divided than ever as large groups on the right still buy into Trump's Big Lie, without any evidence, that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Later chapters deal with approaches to rebuild unity and sense of community through rekindling traditional American values, confronting the excesses of Wall Street and oligarchy, and a larger role of responsive government for the common good.

Order Book here

"In less than 200 readable pages, with footnote references to follow up, Dr. Geyman lays out key approaches to rebuild unity and sense of community. He shows how this restoration is in our own hands, for "we the people" are the sovereign power under our constitution. The good doctor gives us the prescription. Let's take and use it as our ways of living.

This is that rare book of universal appeal and action to give to your local library and discuss at your local book club or neighboring gathering.

Ralph Nader, activist and founder of Public Citizen

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There are 15 Annual PNHP Meeting slideshows of the plenary presentations and workshops that you can review and use the information for local activities, presentations, LTE’s etc. You can see the list of slideshow topics with links to them by clicking here.

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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