United for National Healthcare

Organizing for a National Single-Payer Healthcare System

Welcome to United for National Healthcare!

We are a Bellingham, Washington group organizing and advocating for a National Single-Payer Healthcare System. We believe healthcare for all is a human right and not a privilege based on one's ability to pay.

On this site we strive to keep you up to date with what is happening locally in United for National Healthcare as well as current issues on the nationwide movement to achieve national single-payer healthcare!

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"Elimination of U.S.-style private insurance has been a prerequisite
to the achievement of universal healthcare in every other industrialized country in the world."

~ Nick Skala, Physicians for a National Health Program

United for National Healthcare Upcoming Events!

united for national healthcare bellingham waUnited for National Healthcare sends an e-mail newsletter at least once a month with articles announcing our current activities and presenting timely commentaries on single payer issues.

To sign up for the newsletter contact: supporter@unitedforhealthcare.org or 360-398-2295.

To keep our community informed about the latest developments in health care reform and single payer health care, we have a full schedule of events in the coming months:


Single Payer Events in April 2014

STORYTELLING SKILLS FOR
SINGLE PAYER SUPPORTERS

Thursday, April 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

St. Luke's Community Health Ed Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham WA
(near St. Joseph's Hospital)

We are going to haveFUN developing and practicing our story telling skills so that we can provide human interest in our communications about single payer health care. We will learn and practice our skills in small, friendly groups where we will give each other supportive feedback. Please mark your calendars and join us for this free event!

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Sponsored by United for National Healthcare    (360) 398-2295


Click here to view a list of recommended reading to enhance your understanding of the current health care issues.

Contribute to UNHC!

If you wish to contribute to our work, please mail your donation to:

United for National Healthcare
PO Box 2272
Bellingham WA 98227

Please make your check payable to: United for National Healthcare. Thank you!

Questions? (360) 398-2295 supporter@unitedforhealthcare.org

Get Involved!

Click here to download a membership application and become a member of Bellingham's United for National Healthcare today or contact us to find out how you can help make Single Payer Healthcare for All a reality.

Form a United for Healthcare partner group in your WA area! Contact Us to learn how

What is Single-Payer Healthcare?

The U.S. spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care, $8,160 per capita. Yet our system performs poorly in comparison and still leaves 46.3 million without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered.

This is because private insurance bureaucracy and paperwork consume one-third (31 percent) of every health care dollar. Streamlining payment through a single nonprofit payer would save more than $400 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans.

Single-payer national health insurance is a system in which a single public, or quasi-public agency organizes health financing, but delivery of care remains largely private.

Single-payer is a term used to describe a type of financing system. It refers to one entity acting as administrator, or “payer.” In the case of healthcare, a single-payer system would be setup such that one entity—a government run organization—would collect all healthcare fees, and pay out all healthcare costs.

In a single-payer system, all hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers would bill one entity for their services. This alone reduces administrative waste greatly, and saves money, which can be used to provide care and insurance to those who currently don’t have it.

Click here to learn more about Single Payer Healthcare

Read Single Payer Healthcare Frequently Asked Questions

Only Insurance Fat Cats Win NEW!

HR 676: One Plan, One Nation

The United States National Health Insurance Act (HR 676) establishes a unique American national universal health insurance program. The bill would create a publicly financed, privately delivered healthcare system that uses the already existing Medicare program by expanding and improving it to all US residents, and all residents living in US territories.

With over 45-75 million uninsured Americans, and another 50 million who are under-insured, the time has come to change our inefficient and costly non-healthcare system. Learn more about HR676 - the United States National Health Care Act.


New Articles: Reactions and Comments on the Newly Passed Healthcare Reform Bill

With passage of the Healthcare bill comes an avalanche of dialogue. Our work is far from over! Here are some articles of interest to get you started:

What You Need to Know About Health Insurance Reform, by Steelworkers Union President Leo Gerard

Diary of a Wimpy Healthcare Bill by Rose Ann DeMor, director of National Nurses United

False Promises of Reform, statement from Physicians for a National Health Program

 

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