Past Forums

October 2017 Forum
Mapping the Opposition

As the movement to win truly universal, public health care shows signs of success, we can expect the opposition to our effort — insurance and pharmaceutical corporations — to pour exorbitant amounts of money into the campaign to defeat us. Here in New York, almost a majority of the legislature is on record supporting the New York Health Act —the universal single-payer bill in New York State. Not surprisingly, groups like Reclaim New York are funding anti-New York Health Act mailers in key Senate districts to undermine the effort.

This forum featured Rob Galbraith from public accountability organization, LittleSis, on how the opposition to truly universal, single-payer health care is mobilizing. Learn who funds these efforts, and how they profit from the status quo. In what is a David and Goliath battle, this free forum addresses how we will build the movement to take on these corporations and win the right to health care.


September 2017 Forum


Health Activism on Campus: 1960s and 2017
Featured Speakers:

Merlin Chowkwanyun, PhD: Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health 

Michael Zingman, MPH: 2nd year Medical Student, College of Physicians & Surgeons - Columbia University; BoardMember, NY Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program

To kick off the academic year, PNHP NY Metro featured Prof. Chowkwanyun's research on the history of health activism on campus during the 1960s and 70s. 

The student arm of PNHP—Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP)—has grown to over 50 chapters nationwide with 8 chapters in the NY Metro area.  The presentation will be followed by reports from student leaders about the growth of the student movement for single payer health care and tactics that unite students to oppose cuts to our current health care system, while pushing for improved Medicare for All.

Unfortunately there is no video available for this forum.


April 2017 Forum

Two-Class Care in a World-Class System: Hospital System Segregation by Race and Insurance Status 

Featuring: Roosa Tikkanen, MPH, Policy Analyst at the Center for Health Law and Economics, Commonwealth Medicine

Charmaine Ruddock, Project Director, Bronx Health REACH

Moderator: Daniel Lugassy, MD, Physicians for a National Health Program

Access to health care in New York City is highly unequal. Discrimination by race, ethnicity, and class is endemic. Roosa Tikkanen will present her recent studies of discriminatory access to New York’s highly-rated academic medical centers, along with her demonstration of the failure of the State’s Indigent Care Pool to remedy the inequity. Dr. Danny Lugassy, a member of our Chapter Board, and others who work in NYC hospitals, will describe what it’s like to work in this kind of unequal health care system – and what we should do about it.

Read the 2008 report, Separate and Unequal: Medical Apartheid in New York City here.

March 2017 Forum

Reproductive Health Rights and Justice in the Era of Trump

 

Linda Prine, MD, Reproductive Health Access Project

Katharine Bodde, Policy Counsel, New York Civil Liberties Union

Liza Fuentes, DrPH, Guttmacher Institute 

Deborah Kaplan, DrPH, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Moderator: Mary O'Brien, MD, PNHP NY Metro

Reproductive health care is under assault as Congress threatens to defund Planned Parenthood, block grant Medicaid, and roll back gains made under the Affordable Care Act. 

This forum will feature leaders in the women's health, reproductive justice and rights community to give an overview of the current political landscape, and how we will fight back. Join us for a rich discussion on the legal and justice frameworks that can shape our response to the protracted threats to women's health. 

Panelists will address how improved 'Medicare for All' will benefit women's health by moving from a market-based commodity to a rights-based model.

February 2017 Forum 

Hands Off Medicare: How Congressional Proposals Seek to Undermine Medicare and How We Can Fight Back

Featured Speaker: Nancy Altman, Social Security Works 

In the midst of Congressional efforts to gut our public health care system, a conservative proposal to “voucherize” Medicare is now a real threat. In a voucher system, Medicare recipients will receive a lump sum of money to buy private, for-profit health insurance, undermining the defined benefit package of traditional Medicare, and exposing them to increased financial risk—all while guaranteeing more money for the private insurance industry.

PNHP has long advocated for the improvement and expansion of traditional Medicare as the mechanism to implementing a national health insurance program. Nancy Altman, a national strategist with a track record of preserving and expanding Social Security, will shares how we can fight back against these assaults, creating the political will to save Medicare and all our public health care programs, putting us on track to win improved Medicare for All.

 

 

November 2016 Forum

Health Care Reform After the 2016 Elections 

Featured Speakers:

Ben Day, Executive Director, Healthcare NOW

Mark Dudzic, National Organizer, Labor Campaign for Single Payer

Marva Wade, New York State Nurses Association

PNHP NY Metro and national single payer health care advocates discussed national, state, and local electoral results and what they mean for our movement.


 

October 2016 Forum

Beyond the Affordable Care Act: A Physicians' Proposal for Single Payer Health Care Reform

Featuring: Adam Gaffney, MD, Board Advisor to Physicians for a National Health Program; co-author of "A Physicians’ Proposal for Single Payer Health Care Reform." Dr. Gaffney's writing has appeared in New Republic, Los Angeles Review of Books, USA Today, Salon, CNN.com, Dissent,US News & World Report, Jacobin, In These Times, and elsewhere.

Moderator: Mary O'Brien, MD, PNHP NY Metro Board Member

Tens of millions of people remain uninsured or only partially insured. Private health insurance companies are making recording breaking profits. Pharmaceutical companies continue price gouging practices for life saving medications. Physicians spend more time on paperwork than ever before, decreasing time devoted to patient care.

No wonder 2,500 physicians have endorsed A Physicians’ Proposal for National Health Insurance, proposing a publicly financed National Health Program that would fully cover medical care for all residents, while lowering costs by eliminating the profit-driven private insurance industry with its massive overhead. You can endorse too at pnhp.org/nhi.

Join PNHP for an evening with Dr. Gaffney to hear how this proposal can point the way to a policy that will restore the doctor-patient relationship and expand public health care in the United States, putting us in line with every other industrialized country.


September 2016 Annual Student Forum

Featuring:

Hannah Moreira, MPH: 4th year Medical Student, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Board Member, NY Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program

Oliver Fein, MD: Chair, NY Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program

To kick off the academic year, join PNHP NY Metro and student leaders from medical and public health schools across the city for a discussion of health professional student activism from the 1960s and today. In just a few years, Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) has grown to over 50 chapters nationwide, with 8 chapters in the NY Metro area. Dr. Fein will share firsthand experience as a student leader with social movements, working with the Student Health Organization, Students for A Democratic Society and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, followed by a presentation from Hannah Moreira about the growth of the student movement for single payer health care.

 


 

May 2016 Forum

Dismantling Racism in the Health System 

Featuring:  Kamini Doobay, NYC Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the Health System

A coalition of organizations formed in 2015 to examine racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare and their associations with poor health, as well as the role institutional racism plays in healthcare institutions. The coalition sponsored a day-long conference in March titled “Dismantling Racism in the NYC Health System: The Time is Now” and continues to organize to end racism in the health system.

Join us for a forum that will feature a report on this historic conference as well as research on inequities in the current health care system. How does racism and segregation of care operate in the health system? How would a single-payer health insurance address these disparities and what more do we need to do have equity and equality in our health system? How can we play an active role in dismantling racism in the health system and beyond?

 


April 2016 Forum

Moving Toward #Coverage4All: Access to Healthcare for Immigrants in New York

Featuring Max W. Hadler, New York Immigration Coalition's Health Advocacy Specialist

Advocates have long held that an effective single-payer health care system must be truly universal and cover all, regardless of immigration status. Studies have shown that immigrants pay more for health care than they receive, supporting our public programs through their tax dollars even when they can’t access many programs themselves. Now immigrant communities in New York State are leading efforts to expand coverage to immigrants who are ineligible for federal subsidies and other assistance.

We discussed barriers immigrants face, the grassroots fight to expand access, and how this informs our movement to guarantee health care as a human right!


March 2016 Forum, 15th Annual Lukomnik* Forum

The Need for Comprehensivists: The Past, Present, and Future of Urban Family Health  

Studies show we will need to produce as many as 31,000 new primary care providers to meet America’s needs as more people gain access to health insurance over the next 10 years. The necessity for primary care is one of many reasons that New York-Presbyterian Hospital's decision to close the Center for Family & Community Medicine (CFCM) was met with shock and outrage. After 20 years of providing care and training primary care physicians in one of the city's most underserved communities, CFCM effectively mobilized a response that involved medical students, residents, faculty, and community leaders, and succeeded in reversing the decision within 36 hours.

What factors motivated NYPH's decision? How can Family Physicians continue to pursue a holistic model of health care delivery, serving as comprehensivist physicians who see the total patient in a climate that rewards specialized, procedural care? 

Matt Anderson, MD, MS, Dept of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Co-editor, Social Medicine                                                         

Heather Paladine, MD, MEd, Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Director of Women's Health in Family Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Center for Family & Community Medicine at Columbia

Michael Spertus, MD, Chief Resident, Center for Family & Community Medicine at Columbia                          

Venis Wilder, MD, Associate Medical Director, Adair/Ryan Community Health Center in Harlem, and Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital

 

*This Forum is the fifteenth sponsored by the Joanne Lukomnik Fund for Health Care Reform. Joanne, who died at the age of 51 in 1998, served as medical director and consultant to community health centers in New York City and was one of the founders of PNHP. The Lukomnik Fund was created to continue her activism toward the kind of compassionate health care she fought for and that we believe is a basic human right.


February 2016 Forum

The Road to Single Payer Health Care

Featuring State Senator Bill Perkins & Assembly Member Richard Gottfried

Moderator: Donald Moore, MD

Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Chair of the NYS Assembly Committee on Health, and State Senator Bill Perkins spoke to the progress made by the Campaign for New York Health, the coalition which successfully passed our state single payer bill, the New York Health Act, in the NY State Assembly last year. The forum inspired participants to take action to get their legislators to support the bill.


January 2016 Forum

From Bad Pharma to Good Pharma: A Single Payer Alternative to Corporate R&D 

Featured Speaker: Donald Light, Ph.D.

Moderator: Martha Livingston, Ph.D.

Scores of studies detail that when patents drive pharmaceutical research, it leads to skyrocketing drug prices at prohibitive rates for patients, without increasing the number of drugs that are clinically superior. In addition, patent-driven R&D has lead to biased clinical trials with little or hidden evidence of harmful side effects, leading to corrupted medical knowledge in journals, which serve as the basis for professional guidelines and medical education.

Is there another way? The large non-profit Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research built on Italy’s conversion from multiple insurers to a single-payer National Health Service (NHS) to develop a set of principles, practices and independent funding, grounded in social ethics, that has enabled its 51 laboratories to search for better medicines over the past 30 years, and to develop large, collaborative trials across the whole NHS that test for evidence of clinical superiority.

Since there appears to be no evidence that the proliferation of patenting has led to an increase of clinically important drugs, isn’t it time to consider this low-cost, effective alternative pioneered by the Mario Negri Institute, which focuses R&D on clinically superior, safe drugs, made available at a low cost? 

Donald Light is a medical and economic sociologist who does policy research on institutional and global bioethics concerning access and quality problems for medical services or drugs. Light’s new book is based on his time at Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics, “Good Pharma: the Public Health Model of the Mario Negri Institute” (Palgrave 2015) More can be found at www.pharmamyths.net


November 2015 Forum

Wrong Prescription? The Failed Promise of the Affordable Care Act: A discussion with Trudy Lieberman

Moderated by Oliver Fein, MD, Board Chair of PNHP-NY Metro

Health Care Journalist Trudy Lieberman’s article, “Wrong Prescription? The Failed Promise of the Affordable Care Act” (Harper’s July 2015) highlighted the challenges faced by the Affordable Care Act in reforming our complicated, costly health care system in the ways many hoped the law would. Join the discussion to find out more about where the ACA went wrong, and what we can do about it.

Trudy Lieberman, a journalist for more than 45 years, is a long-time contributor to the Columbia  Journalism review, where she blogs for CJR.org about media coverage of healthcare  and retirement issues. She has won 26 national and regional  awards including two National Magazine Awards and has received five fellowships, including three Fulbright scholar and specialist awards.


October 2015 Forum

Puerto Rico’s Fight for Single Payer Health Care

Speaker: Sarah Huertas, MD, MPH, PNHP Puerto Rico Chapter

Discussant: Annette Gaudino, Coordinator, Campaign for NY Health

In 2015, with the support of a broad coalition, a bill passed the Puerto Rican Assembly to study health care reforms and identify what is best for Puerto Rico’s people. Activists believe the current economic conditions on the island have created an opening to reach people with the message of universal, single-payer health care as a way out of their crisis. Dr. Huertas discussed the fight for single payer in the historical context of US colonialism, highlighting the power of the US Congress to prevent Puerto Ricans from meeting their basic economic needs, while enabling private interests to drain resources from the island.

Video of the presentation and discussion available HERE. 


September 2015 Forum

Film Screening - REMOTE AREA MEDICAL: A documentary about healthcare in America

A screening REMOTE AREA MEDICAL, a documentary about providing free health care, was followed by an engaging discussion of the role of free care in the political struggle for universal, single payer health care. The film tells the story of a 3-day clinic held in the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee from an insider's perspective, from the tense 3:30AM ticket distribution that determines who gets seen, to the risky means some patients resort to for pain relief. Stan Brock, who first imagined the organization while living in the Amazon rainforest hundreds of miles from the nearest doctor, says "These people are real, their needs are real. Welcome to America." The stories of patients sleeping in cars for days to secure their spot and treating their post operative pain with street drugs create a lasting impression of the state of health care in America, even after the passage of the ACA.


 2015 Annual Fundraising Gala

One hundred supporters joined us on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 to celebrate a breakthrough year for single payer in New York State. Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, President, New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Chelsea McGuire, MD, 2014/15 Medical Student Fellow were honored for their critical contributions to our successes this year. Attendees also enjoyed a live performance of Damaged Care: The Musical Comedy About Health Care in America, starring Barry S. Levy, MD and Greg LaGana, MD.

Special thanks to 1199/SEIU for welcoming us to their Penthouse space at 42nd Street.


May 2015 Forum

The Impact of Social Movements on Health Activism of the 1960–70s: Are There Lessons for Today?

Members of the Lincoln Hospital Collective shared their memories and experiences, and discussed the relevance of the takeover for today's health justice movement. Featured speakers included:

Oli Fein, MD, PNHP NY Metro Board Chair

Charlotte Phillips, Brooklyn for Peace

Sandy Turner, MD, PNHP NY Metro Board Member

Video available HERE

 


April 2015 Forum

Community Health Centers: A Model for the Future of Healthcare Delivery

Panelists:
Linda Prine, MD, Director of Women's Health at the Institute for Family Health
Daniel O'Connell, MD, Montefiore Medical Group-Family Health Center (FHC)
Daniel Neghassi, MD, Heritage Health Care Center, West Harlem      
Alice Sardell, PhD, Department of Urban Studies Queens College      

America’s Health Centers owe their existence to a remarkable turn of events in U.S. history, and to a few determined community health and civil rights activists working in low-income communities during the 1960s. The first community health centers were established 50 years ago. Today, there are more than 1,200 Community Health Centers serving 23 million people at over 9,000 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories. This forum featured a presentation on this history by Dr. Sardell, followed by a lively Q&A with the panel. Issues such as segregated care, why conservatives love community health centers and CHCs as sites in the struggle for women's reproductive rights were covered.

This forum is part of PNHP's annual Lukomnik Forum Series.


March 2015 Forum

How Will We Pay for Single Payer Heath Care?

031015_Friedman_NYHealth-4.jpgGerald Friedman, PhD, Chair of the Department of Economics, UMass Amherst, presented the first ever study of financing single payer in New York State. A full house of over 100 heard how single payer done right would save 14,000 lives and $45B a year in New York State, will providing access to care for all residents with no out of pocket costs. Families making under $75,000 would benefit the most, with 98% of New Yorkers saving money compared to private, employer provided insurance and ACA plans. Steve Toff, New York State Nurses Association, a leading partner in the statewide coalition to pass the Gottfried/Perkins New York Health Act (A.5062/S.3525), placed the fiscal study in the context of labor struggles, as workers have been forced to trade keeping their health benefits for wage increases.

Video of the forum is available HERE.

Dr. Friedman's study can be downloaded HERE.


Contact your State Legislators and urge them to support the Gottfried/Perkins New York Health Act (A.5062/S.3525) to create a truly universal, single payer healthcare system in New York State.

Find your Assembly Member at: assembly.state.ny.us/mem
Find your State Senator at: nysenate.gov/senators


February 2015 Forum

An Evening with Elisabeth Rosenthal, NY Times correspondent and author of the series "Paying Till It Hurts"

021015_LibbyRosenthal-10.jpgSeventy five supporters joined us for a presentation by Elisabeth Rosenthal, NY Times correspondent and author/curator of the Paying Till it Hurts series on the high cost of American health care. Focusing on standard, routine care such as prenatal care and birthing, colonoscopy, hip replacement surgery, asthma inhalers and echocardiograms, Dr. Rosenthal used individual patient stories to examine why everything in the US healthcare system costs more. Her two year long series has served to illustrate how treating healthcare as a commodity has failed to control costs. 

Video of the forum can be viewed HERE

To share your story, visit the Paying Till It Hurts FB page.  

 


January 2015 Forum

Organizing for Health Equity in New York City

Speakers:
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Associate Commissioner NYC DOHMH; Director, Center for Health Equity
Steven Auerbach, MD, PNHP NY Metro Board Member 
Robb Burlage, founder, Health/PAC and HHC Consultant
Moderator:
Len Rodberg, PhD, PNHP NY Metro Board Member, Dept of Urban Studies, Queens College/CUNY

An engaged audience of 50 healthcare advocates heard about efforts within the NYC Dept of Health and  Mental Hygiene and among grassroots organizations to address the health needs of NYers in a comprehensive manner. Dr. Maybank illustrated how poverty and racism contribute to health disparities and highlighted current efforts to address systemic barriers to healthy lives, including a public education campaign on teen pregnancy in the Bronx, community health workers in East Harlem and creating a more bike friendly Central Brooklyn in collaboration with residents and the Dept of Transportation. Dr. Auerbach explained the federal process for designating Health Profession Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas, and gave a critical appraisal of how these formulas and local officials often fail those in need. Robb Burlage presented a framework for thinking about comprehensive, citywide community health planning, including a current proposal to use land use powers to bring community voices into the process well before a hospital is shut down. 

Video available HERE


 

November 2014 Forum

The Truth About the Veterans Administration

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Panelists: 
Matt Howard, Iraq Veterans Against the War

David Alfandre, MD, VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care
Sam Rosenthal, MD, Staff Physician, NY Harbor VA Medical Center

Recent media coverage surrounding the Veteran's Administration (VA) focused on excessive wait times for veterans seeking care. But what was the story behind the headlines? Iraq Veterans Against the War shared findings from their in-depth report "Fort Hood Testimonies," based on 31 stories from veterans and their families. Attendees heard how military medical policies encourage active duty service members to delay care, increasing the burden on the VA health system, as well other policies denying care to those who have served. 

Attendees also heard first hand accounts of delivering care in the VA, the U.S. model of a national health system, a unique environment where providers never have to discuss payment with their patients. The ethical, value driven culture of the VA, where the Veteran is at the center of all care decisions and patients have access to their complete medical records, was also discussed. 

Video available HERE


October 2014 Writer's Workshop 

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PNHP NY Metro's Writers' Workshop emphasized the importance of telling our stories and testimonials in accessing health care in a market-based system. We provided over 20 participants examples, expert advice and hands on practice writing letters to the editor in support of truly universal, single-payer health care. We also shared tips and resources for building relationships with local press for op-eds and other coverage of healthcare from a single payer perspective. Participants left with improved skills and increased confidence to do media advocacy to build our movement. 

Email info@pnhpnymetro.org for more information and resources. 


October 2014

PNHP NY Metro member Adam Gaffney, MD, spoke on The Affordable Care Act and the Marketization of Health Care

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The Affordable Care Act has expanded access to health insurance coverage, but it has done so without changing the basic context of health care in the United States.  Health care has become ever more a market commodity rather than an essential human service provided in the context of health care as a human right.  This session will describe the ways in which this the ACA has accelerated this transformation and what might be done to resist this transformation.

Dr. Gaffney is a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, a PNHP activist, and a prolific writer with a focus on health politics, policy and history. His work has appeared in USA Today, Salon, Dissent, In These Times and elsewhere.

You can watch the video from Adam's presentation here:

Video available HERE


 

September 2014

PNHP NY Metro hosted a free screening of award-winning documentary Code Black followed by discussion with filmmaker and physician, Ryan McGarry.

We had a tremendous turn out from medical students and physician residents interested in exploring themes around healthcare PNHP_Code_Black_Screening.jpgaccess, financing and delivery. This forums boasts the largest attendance in forum history with almost 200 attendees.

"In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America’s busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is “C-Booth,” Los Angeles County Hospital’s legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where “more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States.” CODE BLACK offers a tense, doctor’s-eye view, right into the heart of the healthcare debate – bringing us face to face with America’s only 24/7 safety net." 

For more information, visit codeblackmovie.com. Cosponsored by Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU and Doctors Council SEIU.

May 2014

Forum Title: Round Table on the New York Health Campaign

Featuring:

Gene Carroll Co-Director, NYS AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute; Former Executive Director, New York Jobs with Justice Health Care Campaign

Dan O'Connell, MD Family Medicine Faculty, Residency Program in Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center; Board member, PNHP-NY Metro

Frank Proscia, MD President, Doctors Council SEIU

Joel Shufro Former Executive Director, New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health

Josh Starcher Volunteer Coordinator, Healthcare-NOW! NYC

Moderated by Laurie Wen Executive Director, PNHP-NY Metro

This forum featured a roundtable discussion on the progress of the New York Health campaign: the campaign to bring universal single-payer health care to New York State. The number of endorsements has ballooned in recent months.

How did we get here, and what obstacles do we face moving forward? What lessons can we learn from the 1992 campaign, the last time the bill was able to pass the Assembly?


 

April 2014

Forum Title: Labor and the Affordable Care Act: Problems, Threats, and the Road Forward

This forum was filmed and can be viewed here.

Featured Speakers:

Jim McGee, Executive Director, Transit Employees' Health and Welfare Fund

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, President, New York State Nurses Association

Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator, Labor Campaign for Single Payer

The Affordable Care Act includes provisions that would “destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members,” as stated in the recent joint letter from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers and UNITE HERE to Congressional leadership.

Learn about threats to the multi-employer plans called “Taft-Hartleys,” to union-won benefits being penalized in the ACA as “Cadillac plans,” and how labor is organizing locally and nationwide to fight back and to build the movement for real health-care justice, single payer Medicare for all.


 

March 2014

Form Title: Medicare: How should the biggest buyer in the world pay for innovation for new medicines?

Featured Speaker:

Jamie Love, MPA, Director of Knowledge Ecology International  (formerly Consumer Project on Technology, founded by Ralph Nader).

Besides saving lives, a single-payer system saves money because it cuts out the profits and administrative wastes of private healthinsurance, allows for global budgeting, and gives the  single payer the ability to negotiate prices on medications, services and devices.

Medicare is currently forbidden by law to negotiate drug prices, resulting in wasted public dollars and lack of access to needed medications by millions of seniors and the disabled.

The push to give Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices is gaining momentum. Bills have been introduced in Congress. Will winning this battle—based on a fundamental principle of a single-payer system--be the path toward improved Medicare for all? And how would proposed provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership affect governments' abilities to negotiate drug prices?

Jamie Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), formerly Consumer Project on Technology, founded by Ralph Nader in 1995.  In 2006, KEI received a MacArthur Award for its work on how knowledge and intellectual property rights can be directed to address human needs. A leading international expert on drug access, Love advises UN agencies, national governments, intergovernmental organizations and public health NGOs.  


 

February 2014

Forum TItle: Understanding the Politics of American Social Insurance Programs in the Era of Obamacare

This event was filmed and can be viewed here.

Featuring:

Ted Marmor, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Management
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Yale University

Donald Light, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Visiting Researcher, Princeton University

Social insurance is one of the central tenets of modern societies, yet our country is mired in the political battle of a generation: cherished social programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security face major threats in our age of austerity.

Leading scholar Ted Marmor has co-authored the new book Social Insurance: America's Neglected Heritage and Contested Future, with Jerry L. Mashaw and John Pakutka. 

In 1965, Dr. Marmor worked for Wilbur Cohen, who as Under Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services) guided Medicare through the legislative process. This first-hand experience led Dr. Marmor to write The Politics of Medicare, the definitive history of the creation of Medicare. 

Dr. Marmor has testified before Congress about medical care reform, social security and welfare issues. He is the author or co-author of thirteen books, more than 200 articles, and numerous opinion pieces.  

November 2013

Forum TItle: The Politics of Hospital Closures in New York

Featuring:

Leon Bell, Political Director, New York State Nurses Association;

Robert Padgug, PhD, Board member, PNHP-NY Metro

Campaigns against hospital closures have generated so much support that the topic was successfully vaulted into the NYC mayoral race. Threats to close hospitals highlight issues of access to care, economics of health care delivery in the region, inequitable health care resources, real estate interests and community control. Come join the conversation on this pressing issue.

All PNHP-NY Metro monthly forums are free and open to the public.

October 2013

Forum TItle: Update on the Health Insurance Exchanges in NY & VT:  Are We on a Path to Single Payer?

Featured Speakers:

Elizabeth R. Benjamin, JD, MS, Vice President of Health Initiatives, Community Service Society, Member, NYS Health Benefit Exchange Regional Advisory Committee

Devon Green, JD, Health Care Policy Analyst, Agency of Administration, State of Vermont

State health insurance exchanges (or “marketplaces”) are a central piece of the Affordable Care Act. Come hear directly from the policy experts involved in advising the development of the exchanges in New York and Vermont. How are these two states tackling this challenge, and what kinds of foundations do these exchanges offer for further reform, including single payer? 

Free and open to all    

Co-Sponsor: Urban Studies Dept., Queens College/CUNY

September 2013

Forum Title: The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History

Featured Speaker: Theodore M. Brown, PhD Professor; Director, Health & Society Program, University of Rochester, Contributing Editor for History, American Journal of Public Health

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 PM presentation followed by book-signing reception

Dr. Brown will present his new book, which chronicles more than 100 years of health reform efforts by “bring(ing) together two American political traditions—editorial cartooning as a medium for trenchant contemporary commentary and the long-standing effort to achieve universal national health reform.”The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History is co-authored by Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, Georges Benjamin, MD; Susan Ladwig, MPH; and Elyse Berkman. Please join us for a book-signing reception after the presentation. Discounted copies will be available for purchase at the event. More about the book here.

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

Location: Beth Israel's Phillips Ambulatory Care Center 10 Union Square East @ E.14th St., 2nd Floor Auditorium

 

May 2013

Forum Title: A Conversation with TIME Magazine's Steven Brill, author of "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us"

Featured Speaker: Steven Brill, Co-CEO, Journalism Online Writer, Time, Newsweek, New Yorker, New York Times Sunday Magazine Founder, CourtTV and American Lawyer magazine

Date: Tuesday, May 7th, 7:30 pm

Location: Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Annenberg Building 1468 Madison Avenue @ E.100th St., Manhattan 13th floor, Rm 1301

Steven Brill's 36-page cover article for Time magazine exposes hospital billing practices and their contribution to spiraling health care costs, revealing a health care marketplace that places profits over lives. The piece broke online sales records on Time.com. It generated conversations in hospitals, clinics, classrooms, legislators' offices and living rooms. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, a single payer supporter, said "this should be a Silent Spring moment for health care," comparing the article to Rachel Carson's book, which was widely credited for galvanizing the contemporary environmental movement.
Come join the conversation.

Free and open to all

 

April 2013

The 12th Annual Joanne Lukomnik Forum on Primary Care

Forum Title: Sharing the Care: How Teamwork Can Rescue Primary Care

Date: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, 7:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Karen Nelson, MD, MPH; Senior Vice President for Integrated Delivery Systems, Maimonides Medical Center; Executive Director, Brooklyn Health Home

There is a crisis in primary care in the United States. Only 30% of physicians are practicing primary care. Financially, primary care phsyciains earn less than specialists. More important, the work environment has become toxic for primary care, with an emphasis on through put conflicting with differing formularies and prior approval criteria from multiple different insurers. We need to move to a single-payer Medicar-For-All system. Dr. Nelson will explore how new models of teamwork can make primary care more fun and sustainable.

Location: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at10 Union Square East (btw 14th & 15th St), 2nd Floor Auditorium

 

March 2013

This forum was recorded, and can be viewed online here.

Forum Title: How Corporatization of Medicine Is Changing Clinical Practice: A View from the Front Lines

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 7:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Matthew Anderson, MD, MSDept of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Co-editor, Social Medicine

Clinical practice today bears little resemblance to the idealized world of the solo practitioner who cared for a community of which he (sic) was an important part. Clinicians are increasingly caught in complex bureaucratic structures whose ends are often those of profit maximization, not health promotion. The essence of clinical work has been redefined from the exercise of professional judgment and responsibility to the efficient execution of specified competencies determined by corporate interests. We will discuss what happens when doctors become workers and the potential role of doctors' unions in this process.

Location: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at10 Union Square East (btw 14th & 15th St), 2nd Floor Auditorium

 

February 2013

Forum Title: Disaster Relief and Rebuilding:How Health Professionals Sprang into Action to Meet Health Needs of Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:30 PM

Moderator: Danny Lugassy, MD; PNHP-NY Metro

Featured Speakers:

Natasha Anushri Anandaraja, MD/MPH, Mt Sinai Global Health Training Ctr

Matt Krausher, MD/PHD CandidateRWJMS/Princeton/Rutgers

Trina Maddox, LPN, Action Center of Ocean Bay Apartments

Becca Piser, RN, People's Medical Relief

Representative from New York State Nurses Association

Volunteer groups like People’s Relief in Coney Island … set up curbside medical clinics and rallied teams of people to go door to door searching for trapped residents. They appeared to be better organized than the city.” -The New York Times, 12/9/2012

Doctors, nurses, street medics and others sprang into action immediately after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy to provide volunteer medical care to storm survivors. Working closely with Occupy Sandy and street medics, PNHP-NY Metro helped to create and coordinate People’s Medical Relief (PMR). We obtained funding ten days after the storm to sustain and expand PMR’s efforts, including running a number of basic clinics in the Rockaways and Coney Island for nine weeks and conducting health education trainings. PMR also took leadership, along with allies like the New York State Nurses Association, in pressuring governmental agencies to provide adequate relief as well as to “build back better” to address existing, gross inadequacies in our local health care infrastructure.

Location: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at 10 Union Square East (btw 14th &15th St), 2nd Floor Auditorium

Free and open to all

Co-Sponsor: Urban Studies Dept;, Queens College/CUNY

 

November 2012

Forum Title: The Path to Single Payer: State by State? The Campaigns in Vermont and New York

Featured Speakers:

James Haslam, Director, Vermont Workers' Center

Len Rodberg, PhD, Research Director, PNHP-NY Metro

Laurie Wen, Executive Director, PNHP-NY Metro

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 7:30 pm

While single payer advocates continue to push for an improved Medicare-for-all nationally, campaigns for state-based single payer systems have gained a lot of momentum in the last few years. A total of 25 states have introduced such bills at some point. Last year, Vermont passed a three-part bill aimed to lay a path to single payer. In New York, the newly revised bill doubled its number of co-sponsors in the State Senate in just a few months. How are these campaigns building a base to advocate for single-payer systems both on the state and national levels?

Location: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at10 Union Square East (btw 14th 15th St), 2nd Floor Auditorium

Free and open to all

Co-Sponsor: Urban Studies Dept;, Queens College/CUNY

October 2012

Forum Title: Threats to Medicare: The Election and Lame Duck Congress

Featured Speaker: Dean Baker, PhD, Co-director, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:30 PM

Forum with Dr. Baker followed by 9 PM Presidential DebateWatch--it's less depressing watching it together!

Location: Beth Israel's Phillips Ambulatory Care Center 10 Union Square East (btw 14th 15th St.) 2nd Floor Auditorium

Free and open to all

The structure of Medicare may be put at serious risk following the election. Governor Romney has explicitly called for turning it into a voucher program. If President Obama is re-elected, there are also major risks to the program, some of which may arise as early as the lame duck Congressional session in the fall, if there is an effort to reach a "grand bargain" on the deficit. One of the most widely read economists of our generation, Dr. Baker is frequently cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian Unlimited (UK), The Huffington Post and TruthOut.

September 2012

Forum Title: Health Reform 2.0: For Our Patients or For-Profit

Featured Speakers:

Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, FACPCo-founder, Physicians for a National Health Program, Professor, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College

David Himmelstein, MD, FACPCo-founder, Physicians for a National Health ProgramProfessor, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College

With implementation of the ACA scheduled for 2014, the corporate takeover of medicine is galloping ahead. The presentation will discuss problems that continue to bedevil U.S. healthcare, the likely impact of the ACA, and evidence regarding the accountable care organizations (ACOs) that are widely touted as the next big thing in medicine. We conclude that a non-profit, single-payer reform is more urgent than ever, and that the single payer movement must emphasize a critique of corporate-controlled care.

Location: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at10 Union Square East (btw 14th 15th St), 2nd Floor Auditorium

Free and open to all

April 2012

The 11th Annual Joanne Lukomnik Forum on Primary Care

Forum Title: Waiting for Single Payer: Building Primary Care for All through Social Entrepreneurship

Featured Speaker: Neil Calman, MD, ABFP, FAAFPCo-founder, President & CEO, Institute for Family Health

Neil Calman has been a stalwart advocate for primary care since his residency in Family Medicine at the Montefiore Social Medicine Program. He will report on his struggles to establish primary care, particularly among New York’s most needy communities. He describes as social entrepreneurship the innovative strategies developed by his group to confront the overwhelming obstacles to primary care. These efforts to foster primary care shed new light on the promise of a single-payer health care system in the United States.

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 PM

Location: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center10 Union Square East (btw 14th &15th St.) 2nd Floor Auditorium

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

Co-Sponsor: Urban Studies Department at Queens College/CUNY


March 2012

Forum Title: Victory against Big Insurance:How Connecticut Threw Private Insurers out of Medicaid

Featured Speaker: Sheldon Toubman, Esq, Staff Attorney, New Haven Legal Assistance Association

Discussant: Diane Spicer, Esq.Supervising Attorney, Community Health Advocates, Community Service Society of New York

After a determined campaign, health advocates in Connecticut successfully got the state to drop private insurers from its Medicaid program. In February of 2012, Gov. Malloy announced the move as a way to reduce state spending and improve care, having found the existing system to be “overly profit-driven.” Leading the campaign were the New Haven Legal Assistance Association and the Connecticut Health Policy Project.

Find out how it happened from Sheldon Toubman, who led the legal challenge. Join a discussion on this victory's implications for state-based single payer campaigns.

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 PM

Location: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center10 Union Square East (btw 14th & 15th St.) 2nd Floor Auditorium

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

Co-Sponsor: Urban Studies Department at Queens College/CUNY

February 2012

Forum Title: Separate and Unequal: Medical Apartheid in New York City

Featured Speakers:

Charmaine Ruddock, MS, Project Director, Bronx Health REACH

Shena Elrington, JD, Health Justice Program, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

In 2008, the Bronx Health REACH Coalition filed a civil rights complaint with the New York State Office of the Attorney General alleging that three academic medical centers in New York City discriminated on the basis of payer status and race. The complaint charges that two standards of care are offered—a clinic system for the publicly insured and uninsured, and a faculty practice system for those with private insurance.

Join us for an examination of the institutional policies and practices that contribute to and exacerbate racial disparities in health care in New York City. Click here to read more about the case.

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 PM

Location: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center10 Union Square East (btw 14th & 15th St.) 2nd Floor Auditorium

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

 

December 2011

Forum Title: Health Reform & Prevention in an Era of Deficit Reduction  

Featured Speaker: Georges Benjamin, MD Executive Director, American Public Health Association (APHA)

Wine & Cheese Reception @ 6:30PM; Presentation @ 7:30PM

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 6:30 PM

Location: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center10 Union Square East (btw 14th & 15th St.) 2nd Floor Lecture Hall

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

 

November 2011

Healthcare for the 99% :Health professionals' solidarity work with Occupy Wall Street

Are you one of the 99 nurses, students and doctors who provided flu shots in Zuccotti Park last Sunday? Have you been volunteering at the medical tent and organizing speak-outs? Have you been visiting the park and looking for ways to get more involved, or wondering why so many health professionals are energized and mobilized to support this movement?

Come to this forum to share your experiences and ideas. Join a spirited discussion about the role of health professionals in the OWS movement and implications for the fight for a universal, equitable healthcare system.

Leading the conversation:

Matt Anderson, MD, MSc; Social Medicine Portal

Steve Auerbach, MD, MPH, FAAP; PNHP-NY Metro

Bill Jordan, MD; National Physicians Alliance-NY

Mary O’Brien, MD, PNHP-NY Metro

Katie Robbins, Healthcare-NOW! NYC

Sepideh Sedgh, DO, Committee of Interns and Residents

Asiya Tschannerl, MD, MPH, MSc Representative from National Nurses United

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 7:30 PM

Location: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center10 Union Square East (btw 14th &15th St.) 2nd Floor Lecture Hall

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL