Single Payer

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The Health Care section of the Platform of the Green Party opens with the following statement.

The Green Party supports single-payer universal health care and preventive care for all. We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege.

Our current health care system lets tens of thousands of people die each year by excluding them from adequate care, while its exorbitant costs are crippling our economy. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a national health care system.

Below are articles and press releases detailing support for single payer from the national, state & local parties, and our candidates.


 

I received many different reactions from people when they first heard I had won the June primary write-in campaign and would be facing Barbara Lee in November.

As you can imagine, some people were shocked that anyone would challenge the most progressive congressperson in Washington. Others, however, immediately started sharing with me their everyday struggles and challenges that they wanted ME to pressure Barbara Lee about.


Of Course, Medicare For All would increase Federal Spending … But it would lower the total cost of health care

A recent report by the Koch Brothers-funded Mercatus Center at George Mason University found that moving to a National Improved Medicare for All single payer healthcare system would increase federal spending. They analyzed Senator Sanders’ Medicare for All Act and estimated it would increase annual federal spending by $32 trillion over ten years. Don’t let their attempt to weaken the strong support for single payer healthcare in the US fool you. Even though their report underestimates the savings, they admit that single payer would lower the total cost of health care.


I-1600 is less than 30 days away from the deadline to get all signatures in to the Secretary of State. 522,000 Washington State residents don’t have any healthcare, and most of the rest of us are underinsured. Change is in our hands now.

Insurance rates are going up 19% on average in Washington State next year, which will be devastating for working families. Trump wants to remove pre-existing conditions protection, which puts many of us and loved ones at risk.


Patients, health providers, and community activists will hold a protest and press conference outside of the entrance of the Johnston Medical Building (3333 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD) at Union Memorial Hospital at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 10.

The protest is against MedStar, which recently dropped Dr. Shawn Dhillon, a primary care doctor at Union Memorial for 16 years since he completed his residency in internal medicine there. Dr. Dhillon was dropped without cause from MedStar’s insurance plans, immediately terminating half of the patients in his practice and pressuring him to leave.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last September that a state single-payer public health plan would be a "good idea." But he said nothing about it in his State of the State and budget messages.

A state "Medicare for All" system would save $2.7 billion to insure state employees, which would take a big bite out of the $4.4 billion deficit the state faces.


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If you missed the December monthly meeting, fear not. We taped our guest speaker, Dave Attridge from Recovery Now, NY – including the Q&A section – and you can watch it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/1pToHVfZ1Ak. Folks who were at that meeting were interested in creating a local platform plank for the Green Party of Monroe County and that process is in progress. We hope to have something for registered Greens to vote on at the next monthly meeting. That meeting happens to be…

Single_Payer_Meme_1.jpgJoin us on Thursday, January 11th at 7:00 pm at the Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa Street in Rochester.

It’s going to be a meeting full to the brim as our guest speakers will be Alice Carli and Rohith Palli from the local chapter of the Campaign for New York Health. We will be discussing ways to get Single Payer Health Care in New York State. There will be action to take at this meeting, so it won’t be just talk. Just like last month, we hope to have a group of people (of any and all political persuasions) who would be interested in creating a Green Party local platform plank on health care.


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Mimi Signor and Pamella Gronemeyer on Green Time TV

What does "single payer" mean? How does that term differ from "Medicare for all?" Host Don Fitz and guests Mimi Signor and Pamella Gronemeyer, of Missourians for Single Payer, discuss efforts to create single payer health care programs in each state and obstacles that need to be cleared in doing so.


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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party is calling for swift passage of Single-Payer national health care, which now has Sen. Bernie Sanders' legislation in the U.S. Senate (Medicare for All Act of 2017) along with House bill 676 to make conversion to a universal health care system possible.

The Green Party of the United States supports a National Improved Medicare for All system that includes everyone living in the country, provides comprehensive benefits and eliminates cost-sharing such as co-pays and deductibles. The party has endorsed Single-Payer / Medicare For All ever since the party was founded.


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The critical, immediate need for Whole Washington is for donations: we have one week to raise $4,000 dollars to pay the final installment of the Friedman study (see below). While we have grown a grassroots movement, and small donations add up, we need more donors – and fast!

We are working hard, and have completed the following actions:


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BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (Aug. 24, 2017) -- Troy Knight-Napper, Green Party candidate for State Senate in Legislative District 28 – which encompasses Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Irvington, Nutley, and portions of Newark – issued the following statement today regarding health care reform:

Last week, the incumbent Legislative District 28 Senator issued a statement rightly congratulating Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier for the laudable decision to resign from one of President Donald J. Trump’s advisory councils as an act of protest against the President’s reprehensible failure to properly condemn racism and white supremacy.