Member Profiles

Winter: 2018

It may seem like we’ve been on Summer break, but the past few months have been quite productive.

We had two showings of FIX IT in Brevard – One with the Transylvania Co NAACP Executive Committee and another at a general NAACP membership meeting. Both presentations were enhanced by our [HCFAWNC] stellar speakers, Marsha Fretwell and Steve Legeay, who focused on the original Medicare system, passed by Congress in 1965–its history and medical effectiveness.

We continued expanding our outreach, showing FIX IT in Weaverville [Standing Room Only at the Twisted Laurel Cafe], and in Marion, NC.

We joined Our Revolution in co-sponsoring an outdoor Medicare for All [M4A] event in October at Pack Square in Asheville, highlighted by national speakers, Nina Turner, co-founder of Our Revolution w/ Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Jim Hightower, editor of “The Hightower Lowdown.”

Robbie Skeist, a retired nurse from Weaverville, spoke for HCFA-WNC.

With the mid-term elections now over, we are thankful for a bit more “daylight” for M4A in Congress. We look forward to expanding our M4A coalition in NC and the region. We even dream of a national presence in Washington, DC.

Stay tuned…..Roger & Mery


Spring: 2018

Flat Rock Fix It Film

Since our winter newsletter, February has been quite active for us.  We co-sponsored a showing of FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point, with Our Revolution at the Flat Rock Cinema, near Hendersonville.  Dr. Marsha Fretwell led a Q&A session after the documentary (see above picture).  On February 27th, we sponsored a forum titled Healthcare For All: Good for Busine$$.  Speakers included Dr. Carol Paris (president of PHNP) and David Steil (former GOP PA State legislator and CEO of Microtrap).  Two local speakers included Gus Vickery, MD (owner of Vickery Family Medicine), and Vijay Kapoor (recently elected member of Asheville City Council).  See picture below.




Dr. Ed Weisbart

Dr. Ed Weisbart

We welcome Dr. Ed Weisbart, Chair of the Missouri Chapter of PNHP.  Dr. Weisbart has been a tireless advocate for Single Payer with appearances throughout the United States, from Utah to New England, and now to the Carolinas. 

“…Most major social changes look impossible two years before they happen…I don’t know if we’re two years out or 40 years out , but every rational argument is aligned toward Medicare For All, and the current path is completely unsustainable.  The trick is to get people to understand it, and to get past the misinformation out there.”………Dr. Ed Weisbart



On the national stage, we welcome US Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN] as the new lead sponsor to H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for ALL Act, which now has 121 co-sponsors in the House of Reps. H.R. 676 was originally crafted by PNHP. It will improve Medicare’s benefits to include all medically necessary care, eliminate co-payments and deductibles, and expand Medicare to everyone living in the U.S.

According to a March 7th Press Release from PNHP: Universal healthcare coverage has seen a surge in political support; recent polling indicates 92% of U.S. adults believe all Americans have the right to affordable health care.

We’re going to DC for the SINGLE PAYER ACTION CAMP  on April 7-2018, sponsored by Health Over Profit for Everyone and Backbone Campaign. This workshop will build participant’s skills in strategy, messaging and direct action to win National Improved Medicare for All.


Author Elisabeth Rosenthal MD, has written a brilliant analysis and critique of the American health care system: AN AMERICAN SICKNESS: HOW HEALTHCARE BECAME BIG BUSINESS AND HOW YOU CAN TAKE IT BACK. Read Steve Legeay’s wonderful review here.


That’s All Folks! Here are a few helpful links:

Guidelines for meeting with elected officials

Guidelines for writing Letters to The Editor

Volunteer opportunities with HealthCare For All – WNC  (even a small amount of time can really help! ) written by Roger Turner & Mery Krause