In this eBulletin: Panel on Overcoming Hurdles to UHC in WA State, M4A and the GM Strike, Clinic Closure in Rural Fairfield & more!
Learn From our Panel - From Study to Reality: Getting a Single-Payer System in Washington State & Actions We Can Take
We invite you to attend this year's Health Care for All-Washington's Annual Meeting. A panel will discuss overcoming the hurdles raised in the two Washington State Institute of Public Policy reports on "Single-Payer and Universal Health Care Systems," and fill in some information that wasn't presented in the reports. This is vital information for understanding the deliberations of the Universal Health Care Work Group.
Panelists to include: Health Care is a Human Right - Washington's Co-Chair David Loud will participate in the panel and update us on what we need to do to advocate for the State-Based Universal Health Care Act expected to be introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna (CA) this year. Other panelists will discuss the economic realities of health care expenses for Washingtonians, Aaron Katz from the UW Public Health program will explain how other countries approach single-payer, a provider who has practiced in Canada and the US will speak to the experience of both systems, and Raleigh Watts, Executive Director of Country Doctor Community Health Clinics will present how Community Health Centers could play a key role in a Universal Health Care system.
With Medicare for All, GM Couldn't Threaten Works with Losing Healthcare Benefits
The General Motors (GM) strike is now its fourth week. On the second day of the strike, GM dropped health care for thousands of striking United Auto Workers. GM rescinded its cancellation of health benefits temporarily.
Who can forget that GM received a $50 billion bailout from the federal government with wage and benefits concessions from workers during the Great Recession? Now that the GM is profitable, workers are asking for some wage and benefit improvements.
This September 23rd, The Hill published an Op-Ed by the Richard Master, businessman, and Chair of Wendell Potter's group Business for Medicare for All:
Health care benefits should not be used as leverage against workers who only want to take care of their families and have their small slice of the American Dream.
Master will be speaking at the National Single-Payer convention in Portland.
The Impact of a Rural Clinic Closure in Fairfield, WA and an HCFA-WA's Member Response
The Spokesman-Review reported the recent closure of a clinic in small rural community of Fairfield in Eastern Washington. Kaiser-Permanente acquired the clinic and then decided to move it to a more profitable location in Spokane 30 miles north, leaving Fairfield residents far from care - including residents of Palouse Country Assisted Living. The Spokesman-Review published HCFA-WA Spokane member Cris Currie's Letter to the Editor (LTE) responding the to the Fairfield clinic closure:
This loss places additional stress on families, makes the local pharmacy less viable, puts the future of the local assisted living facility in jeopardy, eliminates important local jobs and their tax support, and generally makes a peaceful country life much less tenable.
HCFA-WA invites Senator Schoesler, Representatives Schmick and Dye from the 9th Legislative District to address this issue in Fairfield and other rural areas in the state with limited access to healthcare. LD-9 is an important because the legislators serve in leadership capacity. Rep. Schmick also serves on the Universal Health Care Committee.
Rural HCFA-WA supporters - Send along these stories to us and write a Letter to the Editor asking legislators to engage with the community explaining how a unified financing system with negotiated rates and improved reimbursement rates could work together to keep rural health care - and Washingtonians - alive and well.
Photo: Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review
Next UHC Work Group Meets December 9th
The second Universal Health Care Work Group meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, December 9, 2019, in Olympia. More Meeting updates here.
We need your help keeping the Work Group mindful of the urgency of the health care crisis Washingtonians are contending with. Please consider attending a meeting and providing public comment during public comment section at the meeting, and offering online public comments, which are open for several days following each meeting.
Health Care in the News
Four Key Things You Should Know about Health Care. A back to basics read about several things people are confused about in this NY Times Op Ed.
Insurance Companies and Big Pharma Are Not the Only Problem. This NY Times article discussing an anti-trust suit against Sutter Health, a large hospital system in California, shows how health care conglomerates are also addicted to the vast amount of money created by our current health care financing system, and they will be very reluctant to give it up.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal's Medicare for All Act of 2019, HR 1384, with a single-payer health care financing system, will fix this problem by making health care an asset we can rely on without worrying about the financial repercussions of our care. The bill will put hospitals on a budget and they will no longer be the source of gushers of money to be exploited.
HCFA-WA Volunteer Opportunities: Treasurer and Newsletter Editors.
Dana Iorio our stalwart HCFA-WA Treasurer for 25+ years has retired and would like to fully enjoy his retirement by handing off the Treasurer torch to a new Treasurer to serve on the Board, and possibly a Bookkeeper to work with the Treasurer. Dana remains on the Board of Directors and will help with transition. By the way, we don't expect a 25+ year commitment for this position! Please email for more info.
We're also looking for two people who like to team up to produce the Newsletter and website blog. This team works closely with our Communications Specialist Sydnie Jones who produces amazing graphics for the newsletter, website and social media. Email for more info.
Tues, Oct. 15
Fourth 2020 Democratic Primary Debate, Ohio
Wed, Oct. 16
Physicians for a National Health Program - Western WA Monthly Meeting, Seattle
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Fri, Oct 18 - Sun, Oct 20
2019 Single-Payer Strategy Conference, Portland, OR
HCFA-WA Annual Meeting, Seattle
Thurs, Nov. 21
Health Care is a Human Right -WA General Meeting, Seattle
Mon, Dec. 9
Universal Health Care Work Group Meeting #2, Olympia
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Mon, Jan 13
First Day of Session, Washington State Legislature, Olympia.
★ Regular Contributors - Editor: Kelly Powers ★ Communications Specialist: Sydnie Jones ★ Health News: Rich Lague & Cris Currie ★
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