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May 2018 e.Bulletin: Eat & Greet with Candidates in Issaquah, Poor People's Campaign Rallies, Single Payer Conference & more

Eat & Greet with Candidates and Advocates in Issaquah

Support Healthcare for EATING! Please join us for a discussion over dinner about our efforts to achieve universal healthcare coverage in Washington state and how you can get involved.
Wednesday, June 6th, 7-9 pm
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
715 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah MAP
We've invited candidates running for the US Congress in the 8th Congressional District and running for State Senate and House in the 2nd, 5th, 12th, 13th, 31st, 41st, 45th, 47th and 48th Legislative Districts. We hope to have a good conversation involving them as well.  
Tutta Bella has graciously agreed to donate a percentage of the proceeds to HCFA-WA. 

Join Us in Olympia for the Poor People's Campaign Rally for Universal Healthcare on June 4

Much of what happens to hurt poor people happens in state capitols, not in the Congress. Healthcare is blocked in state capitols. Voting laws are written in state capitols. Denial of living wages happens in state capitols. Cutting money from public education happens in both federal and state, but so much of it happens at the state level. -- Reverend Dr. William Barber

Rev. Dr. Barber, founder of Moral Mondays in North Carolina, has taken the movement nationwide and is focusing on state action -- including in Olympia. Every week has a theme. For the Monday, June 4th Rally it's Environmental Degradation and Universal Healthcare.  Find us at the Capitol with our signs and banner! Details here.

Organize & Network with Advocates at the Healthcare-NOW! Single Payer Strategy Conference 

Creative Strategies for Moving State Actions Forward
June 22-24 - Minneapolis

The annual Single Payer Strategy Conference is always an inspiring event.  With a focus on both the national campaign and the individual state-based single payer campaigns, there will be ample opportunity to learn what other states are doing, discuss organizing strategies, as we network with other activists from across the country. HCFA-WA will be participating as presenters, and several Board members are attending. Read more.

Much Gratitude for GiveBig Donations & Office Furniture

You all rock! We appreciate the generous GiveBIG donations for our work to secure universal healthcare coverage for all Washingtonians. If you missed GiveBIG, it's never too late to give. Click here to donate. We can't do it without you!

Last month we asked for donations to help us set up our new office — and you delivered. We haven’t had to purchase much of anything for our new office. We’ve received donations of desks, chairs, storage units, telephones. All put to good use.

We are especially thankful for the volunteers who helped move the furniture. It’s been amazing.


How You Can Help: Tutta Bella Eat & Greet, Tabling, and Speaking Engagements

Here are some immediate ways to help:

Tutta Bella Eat and Greet. We have a range of needs from showing up early to help set up and greet attendees, to making ten phone calls to supporters in the 8th CD personally inviting them to attend the event. If any of these interest you, please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator, Erica Nealious-Grall at [email protected]

Tabling at Farmers Markets & Summer Events. If you enjoy talking to people about how to achieve universal healthcare coverage for Washington residents, please contact the Outreach Team at [email protected] and sign up for a 2-hour shift.

Speaking Engagements. We have been giving presentations before a wide range of groups: the League of Women Voters of Pullman, Horizon House in Seattle, Spokane Public Library, and the West Seattle Democratic Women. Coming up, we will participate on a panel on single player at the UW, present to the NAACP in Everett, and to the Washington State Medical Association later this summer. If you belong to a group that would like to learn more about the state of health care in Washington state and our 2020 Strategic Plan for Winning Universal Healthcare Coverage in Washington State, please email us at [email protected].

Healthcare News You Can Use

Government By and For Big Pharma. Trump promised to rein in drug prices, but what did he do? Robert Reich explains and it is astonishing. The US pays higher prices for drugs than anywhere in the world. The Trump fix? Side with Big Pharma and make it harder for all countries to negotiate prices. Higher drug prices (and profits) globally!

When Credit Scores Become Casualties of Health Care. Here's an article that reminds us all that we are under constant economic threat from our health insurance system.

Massive billing schemes at rural hospitals? Things are bad enough for rural hospitals, and now, this article reports, they are "attractive targets for schemes that have generated nearly half a billion dollars in allegedly fraudulent billing." 

Upcoming Events

MONDAYS, Now-June 12


Poor People's Campaign Rallies - Olympia
(2 pm, State Capitol in Olympia)

Week 2 - May 21:   Racism & Poverty
Week 3 - May 28:   Military Complex & Gun Violence 
Week 4 - June 4:  Environmental Degradation & Healthcare
Week 5 - June 11:  The Right to Live: Education, Living Wages, Jobs & Housing
Week 6 - June 12:  Moral Bankruptcy

To keep updated, RSVP or find closer events, go here.

 Thurs, May 24


Moving Towards Single Payer Town Hall - Seattle
(6:30 - 8:30 pm,
Turner Auditorium, D-209, Health Sciences Building, UW Medical Center Campus)

Hosted by Students for a National Health Program - UW Chapter. Speakers include HCFA-WA Program Director Bevin McLeod, Aaron Katz, MPH, School of Public Health, Dr. David McLanahan, Clinical Associate Professor, Emeritus, UWSOM, Co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program - Western Washington Chapter, and Dr. Anirban Basu, UW Professor of Health Economics, CHOICE Institute.

Mon,  June 4


Poor People's Campaign Rally: Environmental Degradation & Healthcare - Olympia
(2 pm, State Capitol in Olympia)

If you can only attend one, this is it! We will be there and hope you'll join us and wear an HCFA-WA t-shirt.

Wed, June 6  
HCFA-WA Eat & GREET in the 8th CD - Issaquah
(7-9 pm, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, Issaquah Commons, 715 NW Gilman BLVD)

Fri, June 22-Sun, June 24


Healthcare-NOW! 2018 Single Payer Strategy Conference - Minneapolis
Please visit the Conference website for details on how you can register.

Sun, June 23


Poor People's Campaign: Global Day of Solidarity Mass Rally in Washington DC
-or- streaming on your favorite device #poorpeoplescampaign


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