Single Payer Healthcare

“Whereas, quality healthcare is a basic human right and social good; and Whereas, nearly one-third of every healthcare dollar is consumed in administrative costs and private insurers' profits.  Therefore, be it resolved that SEIU actively advocate and organize for the adoption of a Single-Payer healthcare system on both the national and state levels, modeled on an expanded and improved “Medicare for All” system.” 

– Resolution 305
SEIU 25th International Convention
May 28-30, 2012

A fully publicly-financed Single-Payer Healthcare system in California and the Nation is what we want, as every other industrialized country in the world has. Single-Payer is the most equitable, the most cost-effective, and will save lives. It best serves our members, our families and our communities. Victory from the Affordable Care Act lays the foundation to move decisively toward our goal.

Report From National Healthcare Conferences

The State of America’s Healthcare Movement A panel of activists who have attended the Physicians for a National Health Program, Labor for Single Payer, and the Healthcare Now meetings in Chicago at the beginning of November. Alan Benjamin: Exec. Bd …

Brief Comments on ColoradoCare

By Ida Hellander, M.D., David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. Organizers for the ColoradoCare ballot initiative have contacted some activists in Physicians for a National Health Program, seeking their endorsement and financial support. We summarize, below, our …

1021 Medicare for All at the Convention

Our SEIU 1021 Medicare for All Committee made a strong showing at the triennial Localwide Convention in Oakland on September 26-27. Our information table provided a rare chance to meet activist members from the Central Valley to the Oregon border. …

Same Campaign – Different Name

“1021 Single Payer” is now called “1021 Medicare for All.” The name change follows the trend within the broader Single Payer movement to make instantly recognizable the goal of giving to everyone what Medicare currently gives to seniors and the …

Next Single Payer Meeting 10/08

The next regular meeting of 1021 Medicare for All (Single Payer) will be on Thursday, October 8, 6:00 p.m. at 100 Oak St., Oakland (at 2nd Street, near Lake Merritt BART). All SEIU 1021 members are warmly welcome. Did you …

Trans-Pacific Partnership AKA “NAFTA on Steroids

The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership AKA “NAFTA on Steroids”) might just be the broadest and worst hit to Labor – US and international – ever.  The mega trade deal is being pushed toward Congressional fast-tracking (up or down vote, no changes).  Just tacked …

Medicare’s 50th Birthday Party

Medicare’s 50th Birthday Party   On July 30, 1965 Medicare was born.  All seniors over 65 and the disabled now get the healthcare they need from the providers they choose.  Tens of millions of America’s most vulnerable are kept out of medical bankruptcy.   Today’s universal …

Show The Health Care Movie

Show The Health Care Movie, about Canada’s Single Payer system – how it was won, why Canadians love it, how and why Americans should get it – to your chapter, region, industry, or social/family/community group.  You can borrow it or have a …

The Health Care Movie

The Health Care Movie, which comes in half-hour and hour-long versions, traces how Canada achieved its Single Payer/Medicare for All (SP/MfA) system of government health insurance, province by province, shepherded by determined, visionary politicians and activists, overcoming severe resistance by …

The Cadillac Tax

Under Obama’s Affordable Care Act, in 2018 our employers will have to pay a 40% excise tax on annual premium costs over $10,200/individual plan, $27,500/family plan, incentivizing worse wage and health care offers during bargaining.  They might try to reduce …

Obama’s ACA vs. Single Payer

To read about Obama’s ACA vs. Single Payer click here and here. Did you like this? Share it:

Healthcare Costs Go Viral, Emergency Declared by San Francisco Labor

From BeyondChron Healthcare Costs Go Viral, Emergency Declared by San Francisco Labor by Carl Finamore‚ Mar. 03‚ 2014 It’s a national epidemic finally getting some long overdue attention. To put rising costs in perspective, a dozen oranges today would cost …

SEIU 1021 Endorses AllCare Alliance

At its February 22, 2014 meeting, at the request of the SEIU 1021 Single Payer/Medicare for All (SP/MfA) Committee, the Executive Board voted for the Local to endorse AllCare Alliance, a coalition of four major SP/MfA organizations as “Founders”  and …

SEIU 1021 Joins Campaign for a Healthy California

In January, by a vote of the Executive Board and at the request of the Single Payer/Medicare for All (SP/MfA) Committee, SEIU 1021 joined Campaign for a Healthy California (CHC), the largest SP/MfA coalition in northern California. With ­36 unions …

SEIU 1021 Joins Campaign for a Healthy California

In January, by a vote of the Executive Board and at the request of the Single Payer/Medicare for All (SP/MfA) Committee, SEIU 1021 joined Campaign for a HealthyCalifornia (CHC), the largest SP/MfA coalition in northern California.  With 36 unions and …

The Health Care Movie Screened at San Francisco Office

         The SEIU 1021 Single Payer/Medicare for All Committee screened The Health Care Movie at 350 Rhode Island St., San Francisco on Monday, November 18, 2013.  The documentary, which comes in half-hour and hour-long versions, traces how …

Panel Presents Labor’s Fight for Healthcare Justice

Karen Joubert, a staffing coordinator at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital, spoke of Local 1021’s wholehearted commitment to Single Payer and of how our local understands the necessity of winning genuinely universal healthcare. Judy Beck, a San Francisco Public Library page, described the sequence of steps that 1021 has taken so far to build its Single Payer campaign; maybe other Labor-Single Payer organizers can get ideas from this history.

Single-Payer Update at Convention

“How many of you have a family member or a friend who doesn’t have health insurance? How many bargained a new contract last year and have seen their co-pays go up, or their benefits go down, or both?”  These were …

January 9: Lobby Day and Rally to Support Single Payer (SB 810)

Two years ago, insurance companies helped kill the “public option” in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which took effect in March 2010. But California now has a chance to enact its own “public option” in the form of …