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Medicare Turns 50: Rally & Celebration

  • When: Thursday, July 30, 2105
  • Where: Los Angeles, CA
  • Posted: Jul 8th, 2015

Medicare is under attack! Join the National Day of Action to show that we want to protect, improve and expand this highly successful public program.

WHEN: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 4:00–6:30 PM

WHERE: LA TRADE TECH, 400 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
(South Tent on 23rd St. along Grand)

WHAT: Medicare and other earned health benefits are under attack! This event celebrates it, and is a rallying point to advocate for what we really want: Universal, Single Payer Improved & Expanded Medicare for All! The program will feature:

  • Actor Mike Farrell
  • Richard Montoya, Culture Clash
  • Dr. Paul Song
  • LA County Supervisors: Sheila Kuehl, Hilda Solis &  Mark Ridley Thomas
  • Rusty Hicks, LA County Federation of Labor
  • CA Senator Holly Mitchell
  • LA City Councilman Curren Price

Hear powerful healthcare stories from nurses, the undocumented and uninsured, seniors, environmental justice allies and other community members!

Also featuring incredible musical performances by Latino hip-hop group the Inner City Dwellers and humanitarian/activist/ vocalist/composer and “Hendrix of the violin,” Lili Haydn; plus children’s activities — an event perfect for the whole family!

FOR MORE INFO. CALL: 800–745-3090 or email here  (infoatHealthyCaliforniaCampaigndotorg)  . Please visit the Campaign for a Healthy California website to get involved!

Buses will be traveling to LA for the event from: San Diego, Bakersfield, San Gabriel Valley/Inland Empire and Orange County. See attached flyer for details: CHC Medicare Turns 50

This Event is sponsored by the Campaign for a Healthy California, a coalition of unions, community-based organizations whose mission is: To build and broaden a grassroots movement to replace private health insurance with guaranteed healthcare for all Californians.


www.MedicareTurns50.org | #Medicare50

www.HealthyCaliforniaCampaign.org


Mailing Party

  • When: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Jun 30th, 2015

Help Send Single Payer Now’s Mail

When: Tues. July 14th 12 noon to 7pm

Where: 2467 28TH Ave. in SF

½ block south of Taraval and the L-Taraval MUNI (street parking available).

For more information, please call 415–695-7891


Mailing Party

  • When: Monday, July 13, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: Jun 30th, 2015

Help Send Single Payer Now’s Mail

When: Mon. July 13, 12 noon to 7pm

Where: 2467 28TH Ave. in SF

½ block south of Taraval and the L-Taraval MUNI (street parking available).

For more information, please call 415–695-7891


Mailing Party

  • When: Friday, May 29, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: May 22nd, 2015

Help Single Payer Now Get out the Mail!

When: Friday, May 29th from noon-7pm

Where: 2467 28th Ave, SF 94116 (1/2 block south of Taraval and L-Taraval MUNI)

(Street parking available)

What: Our mailing will alert activists to our June 13 training on HR 676, and build the July 30 rally for Expanded Medicare for All. At the mailing we will have snacks, and most importantly the best people on earth!

Please let us know if you plan on attending.

Call (415) 695‑7891 or email Don  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)   for more information

HEALTHCARE –YES!

INSURANCE COMPANIES –NO!


Mailing Party

  • When: Thursday, May 28, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: May 22nd, 2015

Help Single Payer Now Get out the Mail!

When: Thursday, May 28th from noon-7pm

Where: 2467 28th Ave, SF 94116 (1/2 block south of Taraval and L-Taraval MUNI)

(Street parking available)

What: Our mailing will alert activists to our June 13 training on HR 676, and build the July 30 rally for Expanded Medicare for All. At the mailing we will have snacks, and most importantly the best people on earth!

Please let us know if you plan on attending.

Call (415) 695‑7891 or email Don  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)   for more information

HEALTHCARE –YES!

INSURANCE COMPANIES –NO!


March against Monsanto & Collect postcards for HR 676

  • When: Saturday, May 23, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: May 19th, 2015

March Against Monsanto’s GMO’s

Collect HR 676 Postcards for Single Payer

WHEN: Saturday, May 23rd, 11 AM

WHERE: San Francisco Ferry Building to Aquatic Park. (We will have a small table at the Ferry Building starting at 11am).

WHAT: Please come help us build the campaign for Medicare for All at the March Against Monsanto’s GMO’S.

WHY: Corporate profiteers such as Monsanto have long been adversaries to the public’s health and the consumers’ right to know, i.e., round-up, agent orange, etc.  As global figures in GMO crop production and seed patents, companies like Monsanto are poisoning our food supplies and making us sick. What happens if we don’t have health insurance to cover our medical bills? What happens to farm laborers, and children who are exposed day in and out to these toxic chemicals when they become ill and can’t see a doctor because they don’t work in jobs which traditionally offer health insurance?

Monsanto does not put the health considerations of people or animals above corporate profits; sound like any other big-businesses we know?? There is a connection between Big-AG and our poor health. There is an urgent need for us to stop them, and to continue the fight for Universal, Single payer, Improved Medicare for ALL!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: please email Don  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)  , or call (415) 695‑7891

*** If you can, please let us know if you are coming so we can prepare the appropriate amount of clipboards, pens, etc.

HEALTHCARE –YES!

INSURANCE COMPANIES –NO!


Help collect Postcards for HR 676

  • When: Sunday, May 10, 2015
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: May 6th, 2015

When: Sunday, May 10th, from 11 AM– 3 pm

Where: ‘Sunday Streets’ Festival. Corner of 24th & Valencia Streets (in front of the Union 76 gas station)

Help us talk with people about single payer healthcare at Sunday Street this Sunday from 11am to 3pm at the corner of 24th St and Valencia. That is 2 short blocks from the 24th St BART.

We will have a small table with a sign.

Valencia will be closed off from 15th St to 26th St with many booths and thousands of people. Come have a good time and help build the movement for single payer healthcare.

Let us know if and when you can help. Email Don  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)  

Need more information? call (415) 695‑7891

Healthcare –YES!

Insurance Companies– NO!


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.