HealthCare For All – WNC    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.   


We welcome Dr. Ed Weisbart, Chair of the Missouri Chapter of PNHP, to Asheville, on May 1.  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.  … More details

Dr. Ed Weisbart

 “…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 7 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.  For further details, go to:

 Keep the momentum going regionally and nationally:  As a follow up to the DC training, the local organization “Healthcare For All Ya’ll” will be sponsoring a free workshop on Sunday, April 15th at 3 pm.  It will take place at Hendersonville Community Co-Op at 70 S. Charleston Ln. in Hendersonville, NC.  For more information, go to or call Kyra at 828-702-7969.


 Visit our table on Monday April 2nd at 6 pm, at Malaprop’s Bookstore downtown Asheville, to hear author Elisabeth Rosenthal MD talk about her book:  AN AMERICAN SICKNESS: HOW HEALTHCARE BECAME BIG BUSINESS AND HOW YOU CAN TAKE IT BACK. Read Steve Legeay’s wonderful review.


                                                    Dr. Marsha Fretwell

My passion in working with HealthCare for All of Western North Carolina has two sources. It emerges from my direct experience practicing medicine in our current health care system and from my spiritual and political analysis of the current partisan crisis that is crippling the function of our country and its government.

As outlined in my piece “The Last Happy Doctor”, the reality of my practice being 97% supported by Medicare allowed me to experience directly the joy of practicing under a single payer. I was able to focus on the needs of my patients without concern for their ability to pay.

Secondly, there are both scientific, religious and ethical underpinnings in our culture that support our caring for each other. I believe that bringing our nation together in support of providing health care for all could be an important step in healing the conflicts of today’s political climate.



That’s All Folks! Here are a couple of 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