Action Alerts

PNHP and a number of grassroots organizations for single payer are stepping up activity to mobilize support across the country. See below for the most recent actions/campaigns in support of universal, single payer, guaranteed health care for all. For recent news from around the country, please check out PNHP's articles of interest.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011
    By Rick Ford | Letters, The Palm Beach Post
    Single-payer national health insurance based on Medicare would prevent this abuse of Florida's patients and small businesses by multi-level for-profit health insurance companies by providing publicly financed, privately delivered health care for all Floridians at lower cost.

  • Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011
    By Madeline Zevon | The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.)
    Under the PPACA bill, 23 million Americans will still be uninsured in 2019. Surging health-care costs will not be contained. As long as we have private insurers we will never be able to achieve truly universal or affordable care. Compared with other developed nations, the United States pays twice as much for health care and yet ranks 49th among male and female life expectancy. By replacing the inefficient patchwork of private insurers with a streamlined single-payer, our nation can save about $400 billion annually, enough to cover everyone, with no co-pays or deductibles. The House single-payer bill, HR 676, will be introduced again this month. In the 2009-10 Congress, there were 12 co-sponsors from New York, and Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, recently said that when the same bill is reintroduced, she will sign on.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009
    Time to let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid know that the American people want a debate and a vote on Medicare for all, single-payer healthcare during this Congressional effort. And it’s crunch time for the Sanders/Brown/Burris Medicare for all, single-payer amendment in the Senate.

  • Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009
    By Donna Smith | Common Dreams
    Those millions of us who support a Medicare for All, single-payer, reform for the healthcare crisis in this nation have some work to do over the next few days. Senators areon their way to their home states for the one-week Thanksgiving recess – and they need a little up close and personal constituent attention before dinnertime on Thursday.

  • Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009
    Dates for the Mad as Hell Doctors tour.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009
    From Healthcare-NOW!
    Today, single-payer supporters from all over the country are celebrating the 44th birthday of one of the nation's most popular public programs: Medicare. On this anniversary of Medicare, we are calling for an end to a wasteful private health financing model based on earning profits through the restriction and denial of needed health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009
    From PNHP
    PNHP has learned that as early as this Friday or Monday (July 17 or 20), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will introduce, in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, an amendment to the so-called Tri-Committee health care bill. The amendment would replace the private health insurance industry with a single-payer national health insurance program.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2009
    Rally and Lobby Day: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 | Washington, DC
    Celebrate Medicare's 44th Birthday by showing Congress and President Obama that unions, doctors, nurses, seniors, faith groups, and Americans of every stripe support national, single-payer healthcare.
    Click here to download the flyer for this event

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2009
    With action heating up in Washington for enactment of comprehensive healthcare reform, the nation's largest RN union and professional association joined with progressive Democratic Party activists today in calling for the most "robust" reform of all to repair the nation's healthcare crisis, by enacting a single-payer system in the form of expanded and updated Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Friday, June 26, 2009
    PNHP Action Alert
    Tell President Obama that single-payer health reform is the only practicable way to achieve his stated goal of universal, comprehensive coverage at an affordable price. Read and sign the Open Letter

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
    By Paul Loeb | Huffington Post
    Will serious health reform meet the fate of the scorpion and the turtle? In that fable, the scorpion pleads with the turtle to carry him across a river. The turtle resists, fearing the scorpion's sting, but the scorpion reassures him that he'd do nothing so foolish, since both would drown if he did. Finally the turtle agrees. Halfway across, the scorpion betrays his promise with a lethal sting. As the turtle begins to drown, he asks why he took both their lives. "It's just who I am," the scorpion replies.

  • Posted on Monday, June 1, 2009
    Senator Max Baucus and the Finance Committee are feeling the pressure. This Wednesday Sen. Baucus will meet with a delegation of leading single payer national health plan advocates.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009
    America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Annual Conference
    Where: San Diego Convention Center
    When: Thursday, June 4
    Time: 8:00 am -- 10:30 am

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
    From Healthcare-NOW!
    Join thousands of single-payer supporters in a nationwide week of action to support improved Medicare for all (HR 676). Single-payer activists will be gathering all over the country to say, "Healthcare, yes; Insurance companies, no," and to show solidarity with demonstrations at the AHIP (American Health Insurance Plans, a private health insurance lobby) conference in San Diego.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009
    From Healthcare-NOW!
    This update of the past week's festivities in DC and around the country, as well as reminders about current Healthcare-NOW! campaigns to plug into. Now is the time for single-payer national health care!

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009
  • Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009
    Join thousands of single-payer supporters in a nationwide week of action to support improved Medicare for all (HR 676). Single-payer activists will be gathering all over the country to say, "Healthcare, yes; Insurance companies, no," and to show solidarity with demonstrations at the AHIP (American Health Insurance Plans, a private health insurance lobby) conference in San Diego.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
    You are still sending faxes and lots of them. This morning we had sent about 22 thousand faxes to the White House and members of Congress. You can take your pick of faxes, from chastising Republicans for intransigent obstructionism to asking Obama to do the right thing. Each one allows you to add your comments. Each one is sent immediately. Each one is free to you.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2009
    Originally from Floridians for Health Care
    If you have not already heard, THIS FRIDAY - MAY 8 - there is a TON of action being planned around the country, online, and on the street to urge Congress to put single payer on the table - pass HR676, S703, et al. In light of the arrest this week of 8 activists including several doctors during the Senate Finance Committee's healthcare reform "Roundtable," this call to action is even more important.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
    By All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care -- H.R. 676
    A group of state legislators has initiated a nationwide effort to publish an appeal to President Obama and members of the 111th Congress to support H.R. 676, single-payer health care legislation introduced in Congress by Rep. John Conyers Jr. and presently co-sponsored by 75 other House members.