May 2014

In This Issue:  

 With filmmakers, Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg.
Read the HCFA-WA Spring 2014 Newsletter online!

Upcoming events: 

Wed. June 4, Seattle & Thurs. June 5, Bellingham - "Social Security: Preserve It, Strengthen It, Pass It On." Forum organized by WSLC. 


zeroWed. April 30, Seattle, 7 p.m. - Anne Feeney / Evan Greer concert
"Carry it On" - a multi-generational
concert honoring the legacy of Pete Seeger. Join Anne Feeney and Evan Greer as they carry on his legacy -- harnessing the power of music for revolutionary social change, and making it irresistible for audiences to sing along. This event will also be the first unveiling of the Health Care is a Human Right - Washington alliance. This concert is FREE, thanks to co-sponsors Health Care is a Human Right - Washington; Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO; SEIU HealthCare 1199NW; Physicians for a National Health Program, Western Washington; Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action; United for Single Payer; and Health Care For All - Washington.

Location: Seattle Labor Temple, between Clay St. & Broad St. in Belltown (map)
oneInitiative 1329 endorsement

HCFA-WA has become an endorsing organization of the Washington Coalition to Amend the Constitution (, which is committed to getting big money out of politics. Initiative 1329 puts the State of Washington on record as calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to allow federal, state, and local governments to regulate all political contributions and expenditures. Please sign a petition. I-1329 needs signature gatherers now to collect 250,000 valid signatures by June 25. If you have time or resources, contact Their fight is our fight!

twoCongressman Jim McDermott's response to our Spring Newsletter 

Congressman Jim McDermott, Ranking Member-Ways and Means Health Subcommittee -- in response to our Spring 2014 Newsletter:  


"I read with great interest the article entitled, 'A State-Based Plan Strong Enough to Stand on Its Own,' in the Health Care for All - Washington 2014 spring newsletter.   I appreciated having the time to meet with the author and the President of this great organization in my Washington, DC office recently. I would just like to clarify a couple of points from that article.


First, I believe that we will indeed get to single payer eventually...

...This isn't to say that single-payer advocates should stop advocating. There are two things that can be done: first, advocates should push state legislators to implement the federal basic health option in their states. This is an important provision that we fought hard for and it will result in improved access to care. Second, advocates should push their legislators to support implementing single payer in their states in 2017 - under the authority already included in the ACA. This will take time: even Vermont, which is committed to this effort is going through the painstaking steps of evaluating costs and understanding how exactly single payer will work. It isn't as if states have to wait until 2017 to begin this process and I think it will take years to actually get there - which is why I commend Vermont for beginning this process.  
I believe Vermont offers many lessons for advocates who want to implement single payer on a state by state basis. I have been following Vermont's efforts closely and I believe the state offers many lessons for those of us who believe single payer will ultimately be the system that guarantees health care for all."

Read the full text of Rep. McDermott's letter. The letter will appear in its entirety in the Summer 2014 HCFA-WA Newsletter.

threeThurs. May 1, Seattle, 3 p.m. - May Day March

May Day March for Immigrant & Workers Rights. Bring a friend and look for the PNHP banner. 


Location: The march will begin at St. Mary's Church (611 20th Ave South, Seattle WA 98144) and will end with a rally at Westlake Park (map). 

fourSat. May 3, Seattle 7 - 9 p.m. - "The HealthCare Movie"

View "The HealthCare Movie" with filmmakers Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg. This event is co-sponsored by PNHP and HCFA-WA.

Location: Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus, Swedish Education Conference Center (SECC), 7 - 9 p.m. (map)

fiveTues. May 6, Spokane, "The HealthCare Movie", 6:30 p.m. 

Due to the generosity of four sponsors, the Spokane chapter of HCFA-WA is pleased to welcome Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg to Spokane to present their award winning film. This event is free to the public, but donations will be given to the HCFA-WA Education Fund. We are hoping for an enthusiastic turnout. "The HealthCare Movie" showing (65 minutes) with a panel discussion to follow.


Location: Bing Crosby Theater, 901 West Sprague Avenue, Spokane WA.

Admission: Free. Suggested Donation: $10.

Tickets:, 1-800-325-SEAT(7328) or at the door (4:30 to 6 p.m.)


sixThurs. May 22, Bellingham, 7 p.m. - "The Benefits of Single Payer Health Care for Business Owners" 

Patrick Noonan of HCFA-WA will provide information and train us to speak to business people regarding the benefits of Single Payer health care. Sponsored by United for National Healthcare.


Contact: (360) 398-2295,

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

sevenThurs, May 22, Lake Forest Park, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - "Tabling 101" course for summer markets and festivals, Sno-King HCFA-WA 

Local Farmers Markets are gearing up for the summer season, and so are we. In addition to edibles and crafts, these community gatherings are natural places to share good ideas and conversation. Come and meet other Single Payer activists as we plan for our summertime outreach events on July 6 and Sept. 28 at the Lake Forest Park Sunday Farmers Market.   



Directions: Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Town Center (map)  

eightVolunteer search: HCFA-WA Rapid Response coordinator 

HCFA-WA wants to set up a Rapid Response team. The coordinator would:

  1. Check news sources within WA state on a daily basis to see if any item would benefit from a coordinated response from Single Payer activist.
  2. Serve as a contact person to collect email addresses of activists who are interested in responding.
Please contact our organizer Idris Noor at



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