In This Issue:  


Recent articles you can read via this e.Bulletin: 

"The French way of cancer treatment" by Anya Schiffrin, Reuters U.S. 2/12/14.

A comparison of her father's cancer treatment in NYC and then in Paris.


"Social Insurance: The Real Crisis" by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect.

An essay in a progressive forum on the threat to reduce Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs in order to reduce the federal deficit, why health care costs are so high and why Single Payer makes sense.


Upcoming Events:

Sat. April 5, Portland, 6 p.m.

Healing the Health Care Blues Festival/Fundraiser -


Sun. April 6, West Seattle, 2:30 p.m. 

West Seattle & Vashon Island HCFA-WA meeting


oneSun. March 2, Mountlake Terrace, 2:00 p.m. 

"Beyond the ACA: Is There Anything Better?" The Affordable Care Act contains reforms of the private insurance industry and protections for patients, but it does little to lower health care costs and little for those who do not qualify for premium subsidies. Vicki Decker of HCFA-WA will discuss the Washington Health Security Trust and how it will finally accomplish affordable coverage for all Washington residents. Q & A to follow.


Location: Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-4630. Phone: (425) 776-8722. Directions and Bus Routes 


twoSat. March 8, Portland, 5:30 p.m. 

Rally to denounce spending health care dollars on "naming rights" for sports stadiums. Moda bought the naming rights to the Rose Garden for $40 million. Now Providence Health and Services is re-naming Jeld-Wen Field for an undisclosed amount. Are they hiding from the wrath of Oregon policyholders who face exorbitant rate hikes year after year, passed off as "increased medical costs?" Rally with Health Care for All Oregon to denounce this flagrant misuse of health care dollars! 


Location: corner of SW 18th and Morrison, in front of the Timbers' Stadium.


fiveTues. March 18, Port Townsend, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Jefferson County Healthcare Access Committee will continue discussion about local people referred to 'collections' for medical expenses Jan - Nov 2013 and the additional costs incurred: court fees, attorney's fees and interest.


Location: Jefferson County Public Health, Conference room, 615 Sheridan St. (QFC mall, Sims Way just S of town). Confirm with Jenifer Taylor (360) 385-3666,


threeWed. March 19, Seattle, 7:00 p.m.

PNHPWW March Meeting: program details to be posted on PNHPWW's website.

Location: Swedish/Cherry Hill Campus Conference Center Auditorium


fourThurs. March 27, Bellingham, 7:00 p.m.

You are invited to a party with food and music celebrating United for National Healthcare's volunteers. Meet volunteers and learn what they are doing to win a non-profit single payer health care program in Washington State that will cover everyone at a cost we can afford. Admission free.


For more information contact Aileen Satushek, (360) 398-2295,


Location: St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham


sixRecent articles: 

"The French way of cancer treatment" by Anya Schiffrin, Reuters U.S. 2/12/14.


"In 2011, France's expenditure on health per capita was $4,086, compared to $8,608 in the United States, according to the World Health Organization. Spending as a percentage of gross domestic product was 11.6 percent in France while in the United States it was a far higher 17.9 percent."


"Every time I sit on hold now with the billing department of my New York doctors and insurance company, I think back to all the things French healthcare got right. The simplicity of that system meant that all our energy could be spent on one thing: caring for my father."


"Social Insurance: The Real Crisis" by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect.


"The Affordable Care Act addresses some of the health insecurity without fixing the deeper drivers of cost. The two crises are related. The staggering inefficiency in the system by which we provide health coverage leads most Americans to pay too much for too little."


"The primary cause of medical inflation in the United States is a commercialized and fragmented system, in which major players pursue sources of profit rather than cost-effective universal care." 


All the essays in The Future of the Social Safety Net.


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