Report on Leadership and Healthcare-Now Strategy Conference, Nov. 12-14, 2010

November 27, 2010

Submitted by Rebecca Elgie

Leadership Conference Meeting – Friday, Nov. 12
The Leadership Conference was designed to bring representatives from various Single Payer groups together, to share ideas and bring people up to date on various campaigns and strategies. It was great to have so many people together who are leading activists in this movement. I felt there was a healthy discussion of the 2 parts of the movement representing National and State work on this topic. The bulk of the time was used for presentations and sharing of information, I hope there will be the ongoing discussion by the groups on strategies and ways we can work together to strengthen the movement. The conveners will continue with this conversation.
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From the Woods: Postcards from Denver (PNHP meeting)

November 10, 2010

by Bev Alves

On the way to Denver via Baltimore, to attend the PNHP Annual Meeting, I had two very pleasant seat mates (three if we counted Owen, the beautiful and charming one year old son of one of my seatmates). The man sitting right next to me was a pilot hopping a flight to celebrate the birthday of his one year old granddaughter. Owen’s mom was also making a family visit. She works as a grant writer for mental health. We all began to chat about healthcare reform. Read more

From The Woods

November 4, 2010

by Bev Alves

While ordering Booda Bones for the dogs I don’t have (many of my friends have dogs, and I love to see them happy. They start to bark with joy the minute they see/hear my car), and ordering Greenies for the cats I do have, I mentioned to the woman who was taking my order, that I was an advocate for single payer health care (care that would cover everyone) and also palliative care. She lives in Mass. I told her I knew her health care system and although she said she was currently satisfied with it, I told her our plan was better. I gave her the Healthcare-Now website and also told her to look up my essay. She said excitedly, “I look forward to it”.

“Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” – Oct. 30th – Wash DC

November 3, 2010

Video courtesy of single payer supporters/Hudson Vally residents Lin Sakai, Vicki Stockard and Rob Groves who attended the rally. Note Healthcare-Now!’s sign at the 1:28 mark.

National Strategy Conference – Nov 13-14, Philadelphia

November 3, 2010

You are invited to join Healthcare-NOW! activists from around the country to plan our strategy to win guaranteed single-payer national health insurance. By learning and sharing with one another we can build on the tremendous successes of the last year and develop the plan to push Congress to implement single-payer national health insurance NOW.

When: Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th
Where: William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA (map)
Time: Sat, 4pm – 9pm
Sun, 9am – 5pm
Fee: $30 for Healthcare-NOW! Members and $50 for Healthcare-NOW! Non-Members. For an additional $50.00 contribution, we’ll give a scholarship to an activist to the conference, list you as a friend of Healthcare-NOW! in the program, and send you a new Improved Medicare for All T-Shirt!

More info here