May 8th Single Payer Lobby Day

May 12, 2012

We had a great lobby day and press conference today. Well over 100 people. Great work by PNHP-Metro NY and Health-care Now! NYC with the turnout and all the work Laurie Wen did. Had about 43 members. At least 3 new Senate sponsors – but more work is needed to be done.

We hope to have a video of the press conference shortly. Read more

Single Payer in Action: Rochester, NY

May 3, 2012

Rochester area single payer activists have been busy this winter and spring, educating, engaging, and activating the public.

Teach In
A teach-in titled, “Protect Our Health, Not Their Wealth: Health Care is a Human Right,” was held on February 18. Ted Brown, PhD, a local PNHP activist, presented on single payer, describing it in comparison to the ACA as “the good versus the deeply flawed.”

Radio Interview
Dr. Brown appeared on the local public radio talk show, 1370 Connection with Bob Smith, in advance of the teach in.

Teach In
Dr. Emily Queenan,also of the Finger Lakes PNHP chapter, spoke at another forum on March 18,stressing that single payer health care is the only reform to cover everyone and save money.  Assemblyman Harry Bronson, a cosponsor of New York State’s single payer legislation, participated in both forums. In all, about 100 folks attended, and we were able to collect postcards urging our state legislators to sign onto A7860/S5425.

Alternative Fairs
“Occupy Your Health,” A group of young and progressive Rochester folks organized two alternative fairs in February and April. SPNY member Carl Fitzsimmons gave presentations at both events. Postcards were collected at the first event, which will be delivered to representatives in Albany on single payer lobby day on May 8. At the second alternative health fair, signatures were collected on the SPNY 100 x 100 campaign petition urging Governor Cuomo to implement single payer in NYS. This will be an ongoing campaign as they table at the public market and various events over the spring and summer.


Healthcare for People or Profit? The Health Care Movie

May 3, 2012

Sunday, May 13 , 2012
9:00 -10:15 a.m.
Unitarian Church, Ithaca, NY
Contact or call 272-0621 for more information.

This documentary provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same.

To purchase this movie, go to: /. 

Progressive Democrats of America  are using it as an organizing tool to support local candidates and for  house parties.  Single Payer groups in California have found it very useful to spark discussion and get people motivated to become involved.

Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900’s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.

Produced by Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, The Healthcare Movie reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people.

Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? If you agree that people are more important than profits, then you must watch this film.