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
*Washington Community Action Network
Dr. Gerald Friedman's economic analysis of how a state single plan would affect our state
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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.
32 folks joined the meeting, including several from California and elsewhere in the NorthWest.
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.
Kip co-founded the Minnesota chapter of PNHP in 2007 & was a Board Member 2007-14. He also helped found Health Care for All Minnesota & has been on its Board and now as an Advisor to the Board.
Trained as a lawyer, Kip graduated from Harvard Law School in 1972, but, as he puts it, has spent most of his professional life not practicing law, but instead organizing to put the private health insurance companies out of business. He’s written several hundred health policy articles& is an important resource for PNHP, One Payer States, many other organizations, and recent online discussions.”
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.
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You can have a copy of Kip's slideshow by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed, Oct 19, 7:00pm - PNHPWA Monthly Meeting - Focus TBD
Attend PNHP National’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Training - Boston November 4-6
On Labor Day, this full page ads opposing privatization of Medicare & ACO REACH appeared in the Tacoma News Tribune, Seattle Times, Everett Herald, and Bellingham Herald. In addition, digital ads appeared in four online papers in the first congressional district: Herald.net, Redmond Reporter, Kirkland Reporter, and Bellevue Reporter.
The ads, sponsored by PSARA & PNHPWA, will help educate readers about the Wall Street effort to turn traditional Medicare and the Medicare Trust Fund into a profitable enterprise at the expense of both Medicare beneficiaries and the Trust Fund.
The ads will ask readers to contact our senators and representatives, with the exceptions of Rep. Jayapal and Smith. We ask these elected officials to support Medicare beneficiaries, not Wall Street. We want elected senators and representatives to oppose ACO REACH and urge the Biden administration to terminate the program.This link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NWnxaLWOhmJvu_NG9KiPFo-xZM7yCya8/view takes you to a page on the PSARA website with information about Rep. DelBene's support for Medicare privatization and ACO REACH. You can contact Rep. DelBene and tell her to support Medicare beneficiaries and not Wall Street and insurance companies. Please do all that you can to amplify these ads. Urge family, friends, and members of your organization to view the ads and take action.
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 www.suzannegordon.com.
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.
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- WA Universal Health Care Commission hearing
of our expanded national "Turning up the Heat on Direct Contracting and Reach Campaign" - Physicians, Seniors & Reps Jayapal, Pocan, Porter, Schakowsky spoke - Watch Video
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
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!
ProtectMedicare.net website - tons of info & updated regularly
PNHPWA Web Site - pnhpwashington.org
PNHPWA Email - email@example.com
PNHPWA YouTube Channel
Coalition Partner Websites
Health Care for All Washington
Health Care is a Human Right Washington
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
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.
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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.
"Next Steps for Health Care Reform in Washington and Beyond"
Andre Stackhouse, Campaign Director for Whole Washington
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"Mobilizing to Stop DCE's"
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“Strengthening Our PNHP Chapter in 2022”
Glen Anderson - Activist, teacher
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Download John's Powerpoint slides here
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