Healthcare-Now!

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Healthcare-Now! is a 501c4 organization that actively works to bring about a single-payer health care system in the United States. It is a member of the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care. It was was formed in 2004, originally under the name of the Campaign for a National Health Program NOW, when it held its first meeting, the conference entitled “Health Care Crisis and Election of 2004.” Representative John Conyers and Kim Gandy, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW) were among the famous attendees.

Healthcare-Now is affiliated with Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and the California Nurses Association (CNA).[1]

Leadership

The following are the 2009 Healthcare-Now! Co-chairs, as of November 25, 2009:[2]

Board of Directors

The following are members of the Board of Directors, as of November 25, 2010:[2]

"Single - payer" movement

According to Michael Lighty, a former National Director of Democratic Socialists of America, and Director of Public Policy for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, writing in DSA's Democratic Left, Winter 2007/2008 .[3]

There’s a growing movement for single-payer universal healthcare. The movement is led by activists in Healthcare-Now!, doctors in the Physicians for a National Health Program, nurses in the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, leaders in labor unions such as United Steelworkers of America and Communication Workers of America, activists in the Progressive Democrats of America, and Congressman John Conyers, with the support for HR 676 by 300 union locals, 75 Central Labor Councils, and 25 state Federations of Labor, and hundreds of clergy and faith-based organizations, as well as civil rights, women’s and healthcare advocacy groups in the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare.
The policy proposals developed by Beltway think tanks and the principles for reform adopted by the AFL-CIO confer support for single-payer while allowing for private insurance-based approaches as well. Other bills in Congress, notably sponsored by Ted Kennedy and John Dingell and “Americare” introduced by Pete Stark, seek to incrementally establish a single-payer system.

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