United for National Healthcare Upcoming Events!
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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 November 2013
Will the Affordable Healthcare Act Deliver?
Saturday, November 16, 2013, @ 10:00 am
Bellingham Public Library
- Central Branch
Sponsored by LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
What do Whatcom families want from the Affordable Care Act: Will it deliver?
Special guest speakers will address this and more at the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County meeting at the Bellingham Public Library starting at 10 AM, Saturday November 16, 2013.
GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Elya Moore – Deputy Director, Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement
Desmond Skubi – Executive Director, Interfaith Community Health Center
Bertha Safford – Family Physician, Family Care Network
Bill Gorman – Interim Director, Bellingham Chamber of Commerce
Along with a video of interviews with local "people on the street" about their healthcare needs, speakers will discuss both the need and impacts the Act has already had, and likely future impacts on patients, healthcare practitioners and businesses. The Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement has partnered with the League to produce this program.
Doors open at 9:30 AM and coffee and treats will be served. Please join us!
Whatcom Alliance for Health Care (WAHA) is a nonprofit organization based in Bellingham, Washington whose mission is to connect people to health care and facilitate transformation of the current system into one that improves health, reduces cost and improves the experience of care.
Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization with 800 affiliates across the country. It encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.
Veterans Healthcare - The Best Healthcare EVer
Thursday, November 21, 2013, @ 7:00 pm
St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway - Bellingham
Near St. Joseph’s Hospital
The U.S. Veterans health care system provides the best health care in the United States and features many components that, if incorporated into the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), would result in more comprehensive health care reform.
DR. BRIDGET CANTRELL, is an internationally known author and psychologist specializing in the treatment of veterans and their families. Dr. Cantrell is one of a small number of specially selected and trained mental health providers for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs PTSD Program, under the supervisor Thomas Schumacher, MS Director. She is also a provider under the Mental Health Fee Service Program, Puget Sound Veterans Health Care System (Seattle VA Medical Center).
DORIS KENT, a Gold Star mother working with homeless veterans at the Whatcom County Opportunity Council and volunteering as a navigator for accessing health and support services at the Bellingham Veterans Center.
Please join us! Lively discussion to follow.
Sponsored by United for National Healthcare (360) 398-2295
Admission is FREE. Please join us!
Click here to view a list of recommended reading to enhance your understanding of the current health care issues.
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PO Box 2272
Bellingham WA 98227
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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 entitya government run organizationwould 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 dont have it.
Click here to learn more about Single Payer Healthcare
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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