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How Single Payer Healthcare would save us $375 billion a year!

  • When: Saturday, February 28, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Feb 5th, 2015

How Single Payer Healthcare Would Save US $375 Billion a Year

WHEN: Saturday, February 28th at 12 noon

WHERE: 518 Valencia, SF (one block from 16th St BART, 5 doors south of 16th St.

Speaker:

James G. Kahn, M.D., MPH – senior author of the study and a researcher at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California at San Francisco.

Kahn says “We could provide everyone with good care and remove the complex and onerous cost-sharing that we have in the current system”.

In 2013, the United States spent a total of $471 billion in medical billing paperwork and insurance-related red tape.  A single-payer system would eliminate 80 percent of that cost.

For more information call 415–695-7891 or email Don  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)  

Healthcare Yes, Insurance Companies No – Support HR 676


Healthcare and the Homeless

  • When: Monday, February 16, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Feb 5th, 2015

Join us for an important talk about Healthcare and Homelessness

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 16th at 6:30 PM

WHERE: 518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA (one block from 16th St BART, 5 doors south of 16th St.)

Speakers:

Jennifer Friedenbach – Executive Director of Coalition on Homelessness – San Francisco

John Lozier – John has been Executive Director of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council since January 1990.  Prior to organizing the Council, John established the Downtown Clinic and other homeless services in Nashville, and worked on justice issues through the Southern Prison Ministry. John holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Brown University.  He has also studied in the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University.


Encourage President Obama To Finish the Campaign for Healthcare

  • When: Friday, February 13, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Feb 5th, 2015

Encourage President Obama To Finish the Campaign for Healthcare!!

Hold a Banner for Medicare for All!

WHEN: Friday, February 13th from 5 to 7pm

WHERE: Corner of Hyde and Bay St. in San Francisco, CA

WHAT: We need your help holding banner for Medicare for All when President Obama attends a fundraising dinner Friday, February 13th.

We will be at the corner of Bay and Hyde from 5pm to 7pm.

We will hold banners that say:

President Obama Fix Healthcare

Support HR 676 Medicare for All –Single Payer

Please RSVP -That will determine how many banners we make

Call 415–695-7891 or email Don   (dbechleratvaluedotnet)  

Below is a description of HR 676:

Campaigning for National Healthcare – HR 676 The Expanded & Improved for Medicare for All

Summary of HR 676

Introduced by Rep. John Conyers Jr. on February 3, 2015.  HR 676 currently has 44 co-sponsors.

The Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act establishes a unique American national universal health insurance program. The bill would create a publicly financed, privately delivered healthcare system that uses the already existing Medicare program by expanding and improving it to all U.S. residents, and all residents living in U.S. territories. The goal of the legislation is to ensure that everyone will have access, guaranteed by law, to the highest quality and most cost effective healthcare services regardless of their employment, income, or healthcare status. With over 40 million uninsured in the United States, and another 50 million who are under-insured, the time has come to change our inefficient and costly fragmented non-healthcare system.

Who is Eligible?

Every person living or visiting in the United States and the U.S. Territories would receive a United States National Health Insurance Card and ID number once they enroll at the appropriate location. Social Security numbers may not be used when assigning ID cards.

Healthcare Services Covered

This program will cover all medically necessary services, including primary care, inpatient care, outpatient care, emergency care, prescription drugs, durable medical equipment, long term care, mental health services, dentistry, eye care, chiropractic, and substance abuse treatment. Patients have their choice of physicians, providers, hospitals, clinics, and practices. No co-pays or deductibles are permissible under this act.

Conversion To A Non-Profit Healthcare System

Private health insurers shall be prohibited under this act from selling coverage that duplicates the benefits of the USNHI program. Exceptions to this rule include coverage for cosmetic surgery, and other medically unnecessary treatments. Those who are displaced as the result of the transition to a non– profit healthcare system are the first to be hired and retrained under this act.

The conversion to a not-for-profit healthcare system will take place over a 15 year period, through the sale of U.S. treasury bonds.

HR 676 Would Spend Our Resources Wisely

Our fragmented current administration consumes 31.0 percent of U.S. health spending, double the proportion of Canada (16.7 percent). Average overhead among private U.S. insurers was 11.7 percent, compared with 1.3 percent for Canada’s single-payer system and 3.6 percent for Medicare. Streamlined to Canadian levels, enough administrative waste could be saved to provide compressive health insurance to all Americans.

Proposed Funding for HR 676*

Maintain current federal and state funding for existing healthcare programs; employer payroll tax of 3% on incomes less than $53,00, an employer payroll tax of 6% on incomes more than $53,000, in addition to the already existing 1.45% for Medicare; establish a 6% health tax on the top 5% of income earners with incomes > $225,000; and a 1/2 of 1% stock transaction tax,

*This proposal is put forward by single-payer advocates as one example of a funding system, though HR 676 doesn’t propose a funding program.


Switzerland’s Healthcare: Did the Voters Reject National Healthcare?

  • When: Thursday, December 4, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Nov 26th, 2014

WHEN: Thurs., December 4, 2014 at  6:30PM

WHERE: 518 Valencia St. @ 16th St.,  San Francisco

WHO: A seminar/discussion presented by Dr. Claudia Chaufan, MD PhD
Physicians for a National Healthcare Program member and Associate Professor at UCSF

WHAT: On September 28, 2014, Swiss citizens cast their votes via a referendum that would decide if Switzerland would adopt a National Single Payer System that would replace the multiple private insurers throughout the country. The result was an overwhelming NO, making it the second referendum for Single Payer Health Care to be defeated (Managed Care has also been defeated in the past via referendum).

Supporters (and critics) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have argued that the ACA is a “version” of Swiss health care, and this referendum adds weight to their claim that single-payer can never be achieved in the U.S. – nor should it be.

With no changes to their system, Swiss citizens and residents will continue to navigate through a network of private insurers, featuring increasingly limited networks, higher deductibles, and other “trade-offs” to escalating costs to purchase affordable care. So why did the Swiss reject Single Payer? How similar is their system to the ACA? Do the Swiss actually like their current system?

In this presentation, we will discuss:

  • these and other questions
  • briefly compare/contrast Swiss Health Care with the ACA to clarify usual misrepresentations about both systems. We will also discuss
  • the implications of this vote for US supporters of Single Payer and how we can move from debate to action.

Download PDF of leaflet here: 2014 Dec 4 Switzerland’s Healthcare

FOR MORE INFORMATION: href=“edbechleratvauledotnet“>Email Don, or Call (415) 695‑7891

We look forward to an engaging evening!


Mailing Party

  • When: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Nov 15th, 2014

Help Send the Mail with

Single Payer Now

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov 26th, noon to 7:00pm

WHERE: 2467 28th Ave (1/2 block south of Taraval and the L Taraval MUNI)

(Street Parking Available)

The mailing will announce our 6:30PM Thursday Dec 4th meeting on the recent Swiss election to reject single payer, and a 4pm Saturday Dec 13th meeting, which reports on the Physicians for a National Healthcare Program national meeting.

Mailings are fun.  You will be working with some  the best people on earth.  And the political discussions are enlightening.

Please let us know when you can help! Call (415) 695‑7891 or email Don.  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)  

*****Our host will be preparing dinner, please let us know you’re coming so he knows how much food to prepare.


Mailing Party

  • When: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Nov 15th, 2014

Help Send the Mail with

Single Payer Now

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov 25th, noon to 7:00pm

WHERE: 2467 28th Ave (1/2 block south of Taraval and the L Taraval MUNI)

(Street Parking Available)

The mailing will announce our 6:30PM Thursday Dec 4th meeting on the recent Swiss election to reject single payer, and a 4pm Saturday Dec 13th meeting, which reports on the Physicians for a National Healthcare Program national meeting.

Mailings are fun.  You will be working with some  the best people on earth.  And the political discussions are enlightening.

Please let us know when you can help! Call (415) 695‑7891 or email Don.  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)  

*****Our host will be preparing dinner, please let us know you’re coming so he knows how much food to prepare.


Mailing Party

  • When: Monday, November 24, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Nov 15th, 2014

Help Send the Mail with

Single Payer Now

WHEN: Mon Nov 24th, 3:00 to 7:00pm

WHERE: 2467 28th Ave (1/2 block south of Taraval and the L Taraval MUNI)

(Street Parking Available)

The mailing will announce our 6:30PM Thursday Dec 4th meeting on the recent Swiss election to reject single payer, and a 4pm Saturday Dec 13th meeting, which reports on the Physicians for a National Healthcare Program national meeting.

Mailings are fun.  You will be working with some  the best people on earth.  And the political discussions are enlightening.

Please let us know when you can help! Call (415) 695‑7891 or email Don.  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)  

*****Our host will be preparing dinner, please let us know you’re coming so he knows how much food to prepare.


Help Campaign for Medicare for All– March for Housing

  • When: Saturday, October 4, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Sep 30th, 2014

WHEN: Saturday, October 4th, from 1pm to 6pm

WHERE: 24th St and York to 16th St and Mission, SF

WHAT: We will be collecting postcards in support of HR 676 & speaking to housing rights activists about Medicare for All. The Human right to health is undeniably linked to the human right to housing. Join us as we speak truth to power!!!!

For more info, Email Don  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)   or call (415) 695‑7891

WHY: Historic march to STOP all Evictions in the Mission!

March for affordable housing!

March 2 STOP Gentrification in the Mission & SF!

March to stop development of luxury condos!

Join Our Mission No Eviction & The Plaza 16 Coalition in this historic march for the Mission to demand affordable housing. Join this growing coalition of residents, non-profits,families, small business, artist, musicians, youth, seniors, teachers, Neighborhood Associations, Merchant Associations, activist, LGBT community and more.…come march with us on this one year anniversary of Our Mission No Eviction march of October 12, 2013 and to continue the battle for the Mission and affordable housing and to fight against the biggest development the Mission has ever seen that is planned for the 16th St. Plaza. https://www.facebook.com/Plaza16Coalition

Adelante and Si Se Puede!

March will begin at 24th and York and march on 24th towards Mission then on Mission to 16th St. Plaza.

1:00 PM Gather at BRAVA Theater 24th and York

2:00 PM March begins

3:00 PM Rally and Festival 16 St. Plaza

EMAIL: AndyatPlaza16dotorg for more info or Roberto Hernandez at 415–206-0577


Attend Climate Rally And Help Campaign for Medicare for All

  • When: Sunday, September 21, 2014
  • Where: Oakland,CA
  • Posted: Sep 16th, 2014

When: Sunday, Sept. 21st  from 1–5 PM

Where: Oakland’s Lake Merritt Amphitheater

(12th St and Lake Merritt Dr — 4 blocks from Lake Merritt BART station)

What: Attend a large Climate Rally and help us to talk with people about single payer healthcare.   We will be asking people to write letters and sign postcards in support of HR 676, the national Medicare for All Act.

As Medicare for All activists, we need to advocate for solutions to solve the global warming crisis. We also need to talk about how extreme weather negatively impacts people’s health, and those most vulnerable often do not have health insurance.

Please let us know if you can help. We find it’s best to talk with folks before the rally begins. We will have the table set up by 1PM.

For more info., email Don  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)   or Call  415–695-7891

Download half sheet leaflet for the event: ClimateRally_Sep21_HalfPage


Help get out the Mail!

  • When: Friday, July 11, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Jul 1st, 2014

When: Friday, July 11th, between noon and 7pm,

Where: 2468 28th Ave in SF. (near L Taraval Line) ample street parking.

Please R.S.V.P. to (415) 695‑7891 or email Don.   (dbechleratvaluedotnet)