December 2016 
In This Issue...
Rich's Article of the Month
" A Battle to Change Medicare Is Brewing, Whether Trump Wants It or Not ," by Robert Pear, NY Times, Nov 24, 2016

The Republican leadership views the next congressional season as their best chance ever to kill Medicare. Donald Trump has indicated he would like to avoid this fight but will Ryan et al let him? As the debate proceeds, and the Democratic Party explains the virtues of Medicare, we can ask them, "If Medicare is so good for our senior citizens, why would it not be equally good for everyone?"

Single Payer Advocates Nationwide! Strategize, share, learn!
January 13, 7pm - Jan 15 noon, New York City, Single Payer Strategy Conference
Healthcare-NOW  *  Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare  *  One Payer States  
  1. Register now - $75 per person before Dec. 17, $85 thereafter.
  2. Reserve your hotel: special rate $149/night at the Wyndham New Yorker hotel, before Dec 31. Reserve other lodging "Solidarity housing and hotel room sharing."
Thursday and Friday, Dec 1 & 2, Olympia: House Committee Assembly Days: Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-23), Prime Sponsor of the WHST, invited us to visit legislators' offices to "sign on" additional co-sponsors

We need your help in the 2017 session! Please arrange personal visits with your Representatives and Senator.  When you arrange these visits, please contact  so we can find other members and allies in your Legislative District to strengthen your personal visit. 

For letters or emails, please refer to 'Writing to your Legislators' for a sample letter (Bill numbers will change for the 2017 session) and our list of previous co-sponsors. Thank you!  Find your Senator and Legislators

Wed. Dec 14, Seattle, 7:30-9pm, PNHPWW, monthly meeting
Review of the PNHP Annual Meeting, Nov 18-20 in Washington DC. More information and a summary of election results for social justice advocates by Robert Weissman.
More information from PNHPWW

Location: Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus, 500 17th Avenue at East Jefferson, South East Conference Center, Room B

New blog: The Olympic Peninsula Health Care Forum
News, events, discussions, interviews, and the like for issues regarding improving health care on the Peninsula...and beyond.

On the web at the  Olympic Peninsula HC forum and Facebook.

H.R.5952, Strengthening Social Security Act of 2016
  • "Scraps the cap" and uses the additional revenue to assure the payment of full benefits for the next 50 years and to raise benefits, particularly for lower-income earners.
  • Requires the use of the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) to determine annual cost-of-living increases. 
  • Makes a significant change in the "spousal penalty." Currently, the surviving spouse is forced to choose between their SS benefit or their deceased spouse's benefit. H.R. 5952 allows the surviving spouse to take the higher benefit and add 50% of their lesser benefit.
Please phone or email Representatives DelBene, Larsen, Heck, and Kilmer (particularly if you are a constituent) and request that they sign as co-sponsors of H.R. 5952.
Wed, Jan 4, Seattle, 4 - 6pm, Health Care is a Human Right - expanded coalition discussion, dinner provided 
Please join this critical health care discussion as we talk about a national strategy to fight back right here in Washington State. To learn more about the coalition: RSVP Phone: Optional line (712) 432-0375; 905913# 
Location: WSLC Seattle Office, 321 16th Ave South, Seattle WA

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