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Here’s that Medicare-for-all study Bernie Sanders keeps bringing up
A single-payer health-care system would save more than 68,000 lives and $450 billion a year, new research shows
by Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post, February 20, 2020

Medicare for All Should Be a Reality Today, February 20, 2020

Nevada Culinary Workers Union Member: I Would Trade My Union Healthcare for Medicare for All
“I Have ‘Some of the Best’ Health Insurance a Union Member Can Get, But I Would Trade It Today for Medicare for All.”, February 19, 2020

Yale Study Says Medicare for All Would Save U.S. $450 Billion, Prevent Nearly 70,000 Deaths a Year, February 19, 2020

Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Deaths Every Year
“The study is the latest in a series of studies conducted over the past three decades that have found that guaranteeing universal health care through a single-payer health care system would not only dramatically improve the health and well-being of the American people, it would cost less than our current dysfunctional health care system that puts profits over people. ”
Common Dreams, February 16, 2020

Doctors group breaks from health care industry with support for ‘Medicare for All’
The American College of Physicians (ACP) group made waves last month when it broke with other leading health players to endorse Medicare for All, along with an optional government plan, as a way to get to universal coverage.
by Peter Sullivan, The Hill, February 11, 2020

New polling shows 56% support Medicare for All
“Medicare for All” has become a huge topic for 2020 candidates. And a majority of Americans have shown support for a national health care plan.
Hardball on MSNBC, February 4, 2020

The Power to Heal Documentary
POWER TO HEAL is an hour long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans.
5 to 6 pm, January 22, 2020, Channel 198 on Charter Spectrum Cable and Channel 27, WUNW on Directv.

Second-Largest Doctor Group Endorses National Health Insurance (Of Some Kind)
Internal medicine association signals it would support either “Medicare for All” or a strong public option.
by Jonathan Cohn, HuffPost, January 20, 2020

In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group in US Has New Prescription:
It’s Medicare for All

“Major changes are needed,” declares the 159,000-member American College of Physicians, “to a system that costs too much, leaves too many behind, and delivers too little.”
by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, January 20, 2020

Review Of 22 Studies All Agree Medicare For All Less Expensive Than Insurance-System
A single-payer healthcare system would save money over time, likely even during the first year of operation.
by Laura Kurtzman, Popular, January 18, 2020

Former healthcare exec Wendell Potter rips and answers CNN’s industry talking points
Former Healthcare Executive Wendell Potter describes how healthcare was discussed at the Iowa Democratic debate on Rising, a weekday morning show on Hill TV, January 16, 2020

Analysis of 30 Years of Single-Payer Research Shows Medicare for All Would Absolutely Save US Money
“Across the political spectrum, there is near consensus among these economists that a single-payer system would save money.”
by Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, January 15, 2020

Hospital CEO Admits For-Profit Healthcare Industry Is ‘Number One Cause of Personal Bankruptcy”
“We need a revolution. Literally, it’s a life or death matter.”
by Julie Conley, Common Dreams, January 15, 2020

How the Health Insurance Industry (and I) Invented the ‘Choice’ Talking Point
It was always misleading. Now Democrats are repeating it. The problem? It’s a P.R. concoction.
by Wendell Potter, New York Times, January 14, 2020

Protecting Americans from surprise medical costs
by Ed Weisbart, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 10, 2020

The Spin Doctors
Over the years, the AMA has lobbied against the passage of Medicare, obstructed civil rights campaigns to integrate hospitals and fight racism within the medical profession, and blocked or watered-down reforms that would limit the power of the health insurance industry. Nowhere is the AMA’s intransigence more evident than in its nearly one-hundred-year-old opposition to publicly financed health care and especially single payer (Medicare for All, in today’s parlance).
by Jonathan Michels, Jacobin, January 9, 2020

Single payer would have saved the U.S. $600 billion in 2017: New study
“By switching to single-payer Medicare for All, we could redirect $600 billion per year in administrative costs towards patient care, enough to cover everyone for all medically necessary care without copays or deductibles.”
PNHP, January 7, 2020

Column: Is Medicare for all a good idea?
By Robert Weissman, Sun Port Charlotte, December 29, 2019

‘All I Want For Christmas Is A Chance To Live’ 
Millions of people in the US are going without healthcare because they are uninsured or denied coverage or can’t afford the out of pocket costs. This one is personal for us.
by Popular Resistance, Health Over Profit, December 28, 2019

All I Want for Christmas and Hanukkah Is Medicare for All
Medicare for All would eliminate the debilitating health insecurity caused by skyrocketing costs while guaranteeing everyone will get the health care they need, when and where they need it. Medicare for All is the gift we need this holiday season. And it’s what we’ll continue to fight for in the New Year.
by Chuck Idelson, Common Dreams, December 24, 2019

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Medicare for All Will Boost the Fight for Racial Justice in Health Care
Transformation of our health care system to a more humane model based on health care as a human right, not profits and ability to pay would sharply reduce systemic and institutional racial disparities.
by Deborah Burger, Common Dreams, December 17, 2019

Wake Up AARP! A Message to Seniors: Medicare “Disadvantage” Is a Corporate Trap
Medical Disadvantage would be a more accurate name for the quasi-private programs referred to as Medicare Advantage, as insurance companies push to corporatize all of Medicare, yet keep the name for the purposes of marketing, deception, and confusion.
by Ralph Nader, Common Dreams, November 22, 2019

Medicare for All: Medicine for a For-Profit System Addicted to Itself
After years of pain, anxiety, and poverty under the status quo it is almost impossible to describe the relief I’ve felt after becoming eligible for Medicare this month.
by Donna Smith, Common Dreams, November 21, 2019

The Real Deal with Medicare for All
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich breaks down the true cost of Medicare for All.
November 19, 2019

Dr. Carol Paris debates Chip Kahn on the merits of Medicare for All
PNHP’s immediate past president, Dr. Carol Paris, debated long-time single-payer opponent Chip Kahn, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Kahn is the president and CEO of the Foundation of American Hospitals, a charter member of the anti-single payer Partnership for America’s Health Care Future., November 19, 2019

What Progressives Have to Do to Take the White House & Pass #Medicare For All
Laura Flanders Show creative director, Matt Colaciello, interviewed congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, about single-payer #Medicare For All, the state of the Union, and the responsibility that activist have to bring the “street heat” to public office.
The Laura Flanders Show, The Real News, November 13, 2019

We Asked a Simple Question. What We Received Was Shocking.
With Medicare for All, the vast majority of families will spend less on health care than they do now on premiums, copays and deductibles.
by Melinda St. Louis, Common Dreams, November 11, 2019

Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc

Wendell Potter discussing Medicare for All on AM Joy, November 9, 2019

Now Is The Time To Win National Improved Medicare For All
People want health care, not health insurance.
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular, November 3, 2019

How To Approach Medicare For All Financing
by Matt Bruenig,, October 31, 2019

Jayapal Calls Out 2020 Democrats Who Attack Medicare for All With ‘Arguments of Republicans and Insurance Companies’
“What is your plan to bring down healthcare costs over the next 10 years? And what is your plan to universally cover everyone with the same quality, comprehensive care? The only plan that does both: Medicare for All.”
by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, October 30, 2019

The Five Reasons Why Medicare For All Works Better Than Private Healthcare
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed explains why the private healthcare industry is far more costly and far less efficient than Medicare For All.
Current Affairs, September 24, 2019

Medicare for All Would Cut Poverty by Over 20 Percent
“Medicare for All doesn’t just provide everyone with the care they need, free of charge. It’s also a potent anti-poverty program, reducing poverty by over 20 percent and increasing poor people’s incomes by 29 percent.”
by Matt Bruenig, Jacobin Magazine, September 13, 2019

Does Anyone Really ‘Love” Their Private Health Insurance?
by Rachel Madley, The New York Times, September 17, 2019

Why a Medicare for All public option won’t work
by George Bohmfalk, The Charlotte Observer, September 12, 2019

City of Asheville “Medicare for All” Proclamation
At the request of City Council member Sheneika Smith, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer signed a “Medicare For All” proclamation in support of a national health insurance system at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 27. After receiving the proclamation, Dr. Ellen Kaczmarek gave the acceptance speech in honor of HCFAWNC.

The Medicare for All Proclamation begins at 8:49 in this video of the Asheville City Council meeting.

Asheville mayor set to back ‘Medicare for All Act’ proclamation
At the request of a City Council member, Mayor Esther Manheimer is set to sign a
“Medicare for All” proclamation supporting a national health insurance system.
Joel Burgess, Asheville Citizen Times, August 20, 2019

We’re doctors, and we’re debunking myths about Medicare for All
by Eve Shapiro, M.D. and Paul Gordon, M.D, MPH, Arizona Daily Star, August 17, 2019

‘Rising Enthusiasm for Medicare for All’ Has Provoked Dramatic Surge
in Industry-Backed Lobbying: Report

“The increase in lobbying against Medicare for All serves as validation from our
opposition that this movement has arrived.”
Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, June 28, 2019

‘Big Pharma’ Is The Big Winner Of The USMCA
By Veronika J. Wirtz, Warren A. Kaplan and Kevin Gallagher,
Popular, June 25, 2019

Chairman Neal Announces a Hearing on Pathways to Universal Health Coverage
Ways & Means Committee, June 5, 2019

Single-Payer Reform—“Medicare for All”
Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH; David U. Himmelstein, MD, JAMA Network, May 31, 2019

Health Care Can’t Wait: Join us for vigils across North Carolina
On June 5, 2019, at 7 pm, people gathered at locations across the state to remember and honor the people who have suffered or died because they were uninsured. In Asheville, the location will be the Vance Monument in Pack Square.

‘It’s a Sure Winner—Except for the Profiteers’:
200+ Economists Send Letter to Congress Endorsing Medicare for All

“The time is now to create a universal, single-payer, Medicare for All healthcare system in the United States”
by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, May 21, 2019

We Desperately Need Medicare for All. These 10 Statistics Prove It.
As the House Rules Committee officially begins discussing Medicare for All, here’s a reminder of the disastrous state of American healthcare.
In These Times, April 30, 2019

‘Stop What You’re Doing and Watch’: Applause and Gratitude for Ady Barkan’s Emotional Medicare for All Testimony
“I cannot think of a better person to highlight the failings of our health care system and what we must do to provide health care for all.”
by Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, April 30, 2019

‘I Felt Americans Needed to Know’: Insurance Industry Whistleblower Gives Glimpse of Effort to Crush Medicare for All
“The business model of for-profit health insurance depends on denying care to people who need it. These corporations can’t be reasoned with, only defeated.”
by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, April 12, 2019

Former Health Insurance Leader Now Touts Medicare For All
by Amanda Magnus and Frank Stasio
WUNC 91.5 North Carolina Public Radio, April 10, 2019

Take it from an economist, Medicare for All is the most sensible way to fix health care
“I’ve spent decades studying US health care. Time to get real: Medicare for All is the only reasonable path to controlling costs and covering everyone.”
by Gerald Friedman, Opinion contributor, USA Today, April 8, 2019

Letter: Asheville forums address health care reform
by Frank L. Fox, MountainXpress, April 7, 2019

Healthcare for Everyone and It Will Cost Less: The Economic Case for Medicare for All
You’d be able to keep your doctor with no premiums or copays, and overall spending would decline.
by Robert Pollin, Common Dreams, March 29, 2019

Health insurance industry critic Wendell Potter to speak in Asheville April 10
Mountain Xpress, March 19, 2019

The Time for Medicare-For-All Has Arrived
It’s a matter of life and death
by Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan, Common Dreams, March 8, 2019

US should transition to single-payer health care system
Physicians for a National Health Program President Dr. Adam Gaffney discusses why the U.S. should move to single-payer health care system.
Fox Business News, March 1, 2019

Health Over Profit for Everyone National Call
by Popular Resistance, MixCloud, February 11, 2019
Rebecca Cerese of Health Care for All Y’All gives an overview of a basic presentation on National Improved Medicare for All and other useful tools.

Most Americans Want Medicare for All, Without Private Insurers
Bob Pollin & Michael Lighty hold that Medicare for All does not have into include private insurers like Medicare does today.
The Real News Network, January 23, 2019

Call these Congressmembers
Can the 116th Congress Transform Our Healthcare System? We Need to Do the Work to Keep Them Focused! Healthcare For All, Y’all Weekly Action, January 17, 2019

‘Path to Winning Is With People Power’:
Medicare for All Leaders Strategize Roadmap to Victory

“We’re going to push the Democrats to do it. There is absolutely, unequivocally no excuse for the Democrats not to support Medicare for All.”
Common Dreams, November 14, 2018

Western North Carolina Moral Revival for Voting Rights
The future of our democracy, health care, voting rights, living wages, and equal protection under the law are all on the ballot this November. When we vote, we shape our own future instead of leaving it in the hands of those who divide us and deny us our rights. Despite furious attempts to suppress the vote, we shall not be moved. We have a sacred responsibility to vote. Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC, October 26, 2018

Kyra Moore’s talk on Medicare for All begins at about 25 minutes into the video.

Politicians Hop Aboard ‘Medicare-For-All’ Train, Destination Unknown
by Elisabeth Rosenthal and Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News October 22, 2018

Immigrants Pay More In Private Insurance Premiums Than They Receive In Benefits
Research Article, Health Affairs, October 2018

Get Sick, Go Bankrupt and Die
by Paul Krugman, The New York Times September 3, 2018

“Vice President Mike Pence, campaigning last week with Leah Vukmir, a Senate candidate in Wisconsin, told reporters that Republicans would repeal Obamacare if they held majorities in Congress in November.” Photo credit: Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, via Associated Press

A Jolt To The Jugular! You’re Insured But Still Owe $109K For Your Heart Attack
by Chad Terhune, Kaiser Health News, August 27, 2018

Why America Needs Medicare for All
It’s the only way to achieve universal, affordable and high-quality health insurance.
by Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara, August 10, 2018, The New York Times

“Senator Bernie Sanders spoke about Medicare for All during a September
health care rally in California.”
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America

Immigrants use little health care, may help subsidize care of non-immigrants: Harvard/Tufts researchers
Press release. Clare Fauke, PNHP communications specialist; J. Wesley Boyd, M.D, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance August 8, 2018, PNHP
New study finds that immigrants pay more money into both private and public health insurance programs than they take out.

Medical Expenditures on and by Immigrant Populations in the United States: A Systematic Review
by PNHP members Lila Flavin, Leah Zallman, Danny McCormick, J. Wesley Boyd
August 8, 2018, International Journal of Health Services
This study demonstrates that demonstrating that immigrants use far less health care than non-immigrants, and may actually subsidize the care of U.S. citizens. “We conclude that insurance and medical care should be made more available to immigrants rather than less so.”

Koch-Funded Study Finds Medicare for All Would Save Money While Covering Everyone
Gritpost, July 30, 2018, real news for the working class

WNC activists head to DC for Poor People’s Campaign
News 13 WLOS, June 21, 2018

“Local advocates, including seven people from the Hendersonville area, are traveling to Washington, D.C. to make the case for single payer health care for all.”
Photo credit: WLOS

New group helps plan Medicare For All rally in Hendersonville, June 1, 2018, by Rebecca Walter

“People for Healthcare for Everyone organizer Kyra Moore speaks at an educational event earlier this year. The organization hosted its first event in January.” from

Dear America, universal health care is what real freedom looks like
by Anne Korkeakivi, USA Today, July 20, 2017