Washington Information

Contact Information

PNHP - Western Washington
Website: http://www.pnhpwesternwashington.org/
E-mail: pnhp.westernwashington@comcast.net

PNHP - Inland Northwestern
Contacts: Jeremy Graham, MA, DO and Chris Anderson, MD (Co-Chairs)
E-mail: pnhpnw@gmail.com

Media Contacts

David McLanahan

Dr. Mclanahan is Surgeon Emeritus, Pacific Medical Centers, and Professor Emeritus, University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. McLanahan is the co-founder and coordinator of the Washington Chapter of PNHP.

Don Mitchell MD | 206.722-6959 | dwmitchell@stanfordalumni.org
Dr. Mitchell was trained at Harvard and is a retired internist and Chair, Western Washington chapter of PNHP.

Hugh Foy | 206.963.0697 | hughfoy@u.washington.edu
Dr. Foy is a professor of Surgery, UW School of Medicine, and Director of the Surgical Specialties Clinic, Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Foy has extensive experience in emergency care and trauma surgery. He trained at UW, and completed a fellowship in Burn Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Harborview. Dr. Foy is the co-founder of the Washington Chapter of PNHP.

Sara Weinberg

Dr. Weinberg is a Retired pediatrician, Mercer Island, and an expert on Washington state’s history of failed health reforms, going back to the 1989 Braddock initiative. Dr. Weinberg graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1977, and completed her pediatric residency in the University of Washington’s Children’s Orthopedic Hospital.

HB 1085

HB 1085 - Full text

HB 1085 - House bill analysis 2013

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • CWA Local 37083, Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, Seattle, WA
  • AFSCME Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, Chapter 10
  • Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Washington State Machinists Council, International Association of Machinists District #160 (IAM), Seattle, WA
  • International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 17, Seattle, WA
  • Washington State Labor Council, representing 500 local unions with 400,000 members, endorsing resolution passed at State Convention, August 2006, Seattle, WA
  • North West Washington Central Labor Council, Bellingham, WA

Washington State News

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

By Mark Hickling | The Vashon-Maury Island (Wash.) Beachcomber, May 10, 2017
Public roads. Public libraries. Public street lighting. Public schools. Publicly funded fire departments and police departments. Publicly funded military. These are things that We The People have established to ensure our safety and survival in this difficult world.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

By Cris M. Currie, R.N. | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.), May 28, 2016
I am a registered nurse. Virtually everyone I talk to about American health care has a horror story about paying their medical bills. Yet why is it that most of these same people are resigned to the idea that quality care requires insurance companies who supposedly are looking out for our best interests?

Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Daniel Schaffer, M.D. | The Spokesman-Review
Robert Samuelson (Feb. 8) claims to be an economist, but he has some obvious blind spots, health care financing being one.

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015

By Kathryn Dean, M.D. | The Olympian (Wash.)
“I need to admit you to the hospital for pneumonia,” I told my patient. He had reluctantly driven himself to the emergency room as his symptoms worsened. In between gasps, he asked, “How much will it cost?”

Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

By Kendall Heintzelman | Spokane (Wash.) Journal of Business
The contested issue of health care coverage and how insurance options will be dictated by employers has a possible solution found in legislation written by Health Care for All-Washington that could go into effect in 2017.

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015

By Joe Martin | The Seattle Times
There is a solution to the vagaries of medical insurance: the development of a comprehensive national health policy that would impose a single-payer system, provide medical access to everyone, be simple and easily understood, and would take the greedy corporate profiteering of the private insurance industry out of the equation.

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015

Journal of the San Juan Islands (Wash.)
In his newly published book, "How Obamacare is Unsustainable," Geyman contends the three primary goals of the Affordable Care Act's three primary goals—affordability, near-universal coverage and improved quality of care—are not being met and that a single-payer healthcare system is the best solution for all Americans, and for reform of U.S. health care.

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015

By Bertha Cooper | Sequim (Wash.) Gazette
Most of us have heard the saying that watching legislation being made is like watching sausage being made. The image brings to my mind watching pigs being sacrificed and seeing some parts going to fine cuts of pork for those that can afford it and less desirable, unappetizing parts being ground into sausage for just about everyone’s breakfast.

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By Larry Donohue, M.D. | The Daily Herald (Everett, Wash.)
Is our social contract obsolete, only a fond memory of a simpler time? Some, perhaps many, on the political right who embrace a libertarian view hold that their successes are self-made and so should be yours.

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Ted Van Dyk | Crosscut.com (Seattle)
The Western Washington Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, which advocates for a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program, held its annual public meeting last Saturday evening at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus. The event provided a useful snapshot of things to come in healthcare politics nationally, but also here in Washington State.

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014

By Daniel J. Schaffer, M.D. | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case points out yet another flaw in the employer-based health insurance model of paying for health care.

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014

By Daniel Schaffer M.D. | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
By now, almost everyone has developed an opinion about the status of health care in our country, and it usually divides along ideological lines, with the word “Obamacare” in the middle. This is unfortunate if it ends the discussion, because both advocates and opponents agree that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not the final solution to our current health care dilemma.

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013

By Joie Meissner, N.D. | Vital News
First introduced to the House of Representatives in 2003, H.R. 676, the national version of the universal single-payer health care plan, is very much like Medicare. One entity collects all the fees and pays all the clinics and doctors.

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

By Jamie Tobias Neely | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
Today, as rancor continues over the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, a number of quiet but determined Washington citizens are pushing for stronger reforms. Like Williams, they’re convinced that Washington should request a waiver from the Affordable Care Act and create the country’s first innovative single-payer system in our state.

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013

By Joie Meissner, N.D. | Vital News (Seattle)
As N.D.s most of us are sole proprietors or in small group practices where we may feel cut off from the larger healthcare system. Yet what happens in the reform of our larger healthcare system will have an enormous impact not only on our practices and our patients, but also on our friends, families and on our own lives.

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

By Elena Rumiantseva | Examiner
SEATTLE – The Western Washington chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) held its annual public meeting on May 4 at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall.

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Single-payer supporters packed a hearing room at the State Capitol on Feb. 1 to give and listen to public testimony in support of the Washington Health Security Trust (H.R. 1085), a bill advocates say would provide affordable, high-quality health care for all of Washington state’s residents.

Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

William McQuaid | Letters | Seattle Times
Single-payer insurance systems have been proven to cost half as much as we spend. These single-payer insurance systems also cover everyone, eliminating bankruptcies. Our own government statistics prove single-payer insurance systems are the best at controlling costs. All of Locke's numbers pale in comparison with the $400 billion we would save each year by simply eliminating the health-insurance middleman.

Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010

David McLanahan | Letters | The Seattle Times
Skyrocketing health-care costs are a major component of our deficit and the new health-care legislation does little to change this trajectory. The best way to decrease the deficit would be to bring our health-care spending under control by enacting an improved and expanded Medicare for all, an equitable system similar to the rest of the industrialized world, where medical costs are half what we spend, with improved quality of care.

Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Linda Jansen | Seattle Times
Regarding the insurance albatross the politicians just hung around our neck; an estimated 23,000 unnecessary deaths annually will result from 23 million still uninsured nine years out.

Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2009

B. Jason MacLurg, M.D. | Letter to the Editor | Seattle Post-Intelligencer
As a long-time Seattle physician, I was pleased that the P-I supports health care reform toward a single-payer system (Opinion, Wednesday). Most Americans now fully understand that our health care delivery system is too expensive, too complex, too fragmented and overwhelmingly frustrating. Although some still believe that America has the best health care in the world, the truth is that our reimbursement system is killing us.

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009

Strange Bedfellows blog | Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Single payer seemed like a futile cause during the Bush Administration, which put forward ideals for the partial privatization of Medicare. Now, with a Democrat back in the White House -- and a promise of action on health care - McDermott, and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., have introduced versions of a single payer plan in the new Congress.

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Seattle Post-IntelligencerEditorial Board
The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the number of people lacking health insurance dropped by more than 1 million in 2007 to nearly 46 million people. This is a headline that looks great until you see that what's declining is private insurance coverage and what's increasing is the number of people eligible for government programs such as Medicaid.

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008

By Lance Dickie | Editorial Columnist | Seattle Times
Searing headlines about local job cuts sharpen interest in universal health-insurance coverage. The topic grabs the attention of those vulnerable families and voters broadly defined as the middle class, the engine of change. Increasingly, the focus is on national single-payer health insurance. Acceptance of the concept is growing, especially among a key constituency: doctors.

Posted on Friday, August 1, 2008

By JOHN GEYMAN and MALINDA MARKOWITZ | Guest Columnist | Seattle Post Intelligencer
Medicare today covers about 43 million American seniors and the disabled, paying about one-half of their health care expenses. Amidst an increasingly unaffordable health care market, Medicare recipients have a solid rock of coverage. The program is administered with an overhead of about 3 percent, less than one-fifth the overhead of competing private programs, while offering defined benefits with free choice of physician and hospital.

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2008

The need for meaningful health care reform remains one of the hottest topics in the public as we approach our national election. An important new study, in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine, reveals a growing consensus among practicing physicians that our broken health care system would be best fixed by legislation establishing national health insurance (NHI).