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.

  • Vote on single-payer amendment & House bill expected Saturday
    From PNHP
    The latest news from Capital Hill is that there could be a vote on the Weiner amendment for single payer as soon as this Friday, although it may not come up until Saturday. The House is expected to vote on the Democrats' bill at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Kucinich amendment did not make it into the final bill, and is dead.

  • 8 people are sitting-in the office of Sen. Lieberman!
    Mobilization for Health Care for All
    As we send this out 8 people are sitting-in the office of Sen. Joseph Lieberman demanding that he stop taking money from the insurance industry. The massive campaign donations and lobbying spending of the insurance industry is blocking real reform that would provide everyone in America with access to health care. When 45,000 people are dying annually due to lack of health care it is a moral imperative that America act now to provide health care to all. We are able to do this for senior citizens, why not for all Americans?

  • The Next Wave of Actions--Patients Not Profit Sit-Ins
    From Healthcare-NOW!
    After over 100 people have risked arrest across the country in sit-ins in the last month, we are beginning to shift the debate about health care reform in our country. Our actions have helped to put a spotlight on the real problem - the insurance companies - and elevate the real solution - Medicare for All. And they have demonstrated the real engine of change: the determined, courageous action of everyday people willing to put their bodies on the line to challenge injustice.

  • NYT Slams Single-Payer
    Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting | Action Alert
    The New York Times devoted some rare space on September 20 to discussing single-payer (or Medicare-for-all) health reform. The result? A one-sided account of why such a system couldn't work.

  • Tour Schedule for the Mad as Hell Doctors
    Dates for the Mad as Hell Doctors tour.

  • It's Medicare's 44th Birthday!
    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.

  • Action Alert: Support the single-payer amendment
    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.

  • Medicare: Made In America
    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

  • On Eve of Healthcare Rallies, Forums
    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.

  • Dear President Obama: endorse single payer
    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

  • Gutting the Health Care Plan: The Scorpion and the Congress
    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.

  • Write Baucus to Hold Fair Hearings on Single Payer
    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.

  • Join San Diego's Single Payer Healthcare Coalition for a Rally to Tell the Insurance Companies
    America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Annual Conference
    Where: San Diego Convention Center
    When: Thursday, June 4
    Time: 8:00 am -- 10:30 am

  • May 30th: National Day of Action
    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.

  • Single-Payer in the News and More!
    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!

  • Fax-for-Single-Payer Campaign Approaches 50,000 Faxes - Send Yours Today
    HealthJustice Pushing Hard What You Have Accomplished Dear All, This has been an extraordinarily busy couple of days for HealthJustice and for single payer advocates. It has been a turning point for single payer as an idea. We are finally...

  • May 30th: National Day of Action
    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.

  • More Tools for Single Payer Advocates
    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.

  • Calling All Single Payer Supporters
    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.

  • State legislators launch effort to push H.R. 676
    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.