Dear Single-Payer Supporter:

If you haven't yet heard, the Obama Transition Team has
announced a project for people across the country to host and
attend "health care discussion meetings" to gather ideas and
input from the grassroots about healthcare reform.
Healthcare-NOW! and many other organizations supporting
single-payer national health care have encouraged activists to
organize and attend these healthcare discussions between now and
December 31st. Our goal in participating in this effort is to
both educate people about the benefits of a single-payer
approach and the problems with lesser reforms, as well as send a
clear pro-single-payer message to the Obama-Biden Transition Team.

Sign up to lead a meeting here:
 http://change.gov/page/s/hcdiscussion

Many people have been posting their events through the
my.barackobama.com website. If you sign up for an account, you
can find events that are announced through the site in your area
by simply putting in your zip code. The site is already listing
several meetings happening in the New York area tomorrow night.
We need volunteers to attend these meetings and bring the
single-payer message:

* Thursday, December 18 from 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM**
*Host: Joanne Thomas
Location:

Crowe's Nest Irish Pub (New York, NY)
1804 Second Avenue (93rd Street)
New York, NY 10128
Directions: 6 train to 96th Street
Associated Groups: One Million New Yorkers For
Obama!!

*Thursday, December 18 from 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM*
Host: Barbara Berney
Location: my apt. (New York, NY)
530 Grand St, Building E
apt 5a
New York, NY 10002
Directions: Entrance to building is on Columbia
(Ave D turns into Columbia) just N of Grand. Bldg E
is the middle building (security kiosk in front)
Buzzer #36.

*Health Care Community Forum in NYC, Thursday,
December 18, 2008, 6:30 to 8:30 PM *
**Co-faciliated by Maggie Mahar, well known author
of Money-Driven Medicine: /The real reason health
care costs so much/
//Lenox Hill Hospital, 130 Black Hall, ER entrance,
SW Corner of Lexington and East 77th St.. Follow
signs to Weisner Conference Center.
RSVP:  mahar@tcf.org ;
Please also RSVP to Tim Foley, NYC for Change health
policy coordinator,  tim@commanderfoley.com

For more information, go to:
 http://www.healthbeatblog.org/2008/12/health-beat-readers-lets-get-involved-let-washington-know-what-we-think.html


If you are planning a single-payer meeting, please contact us
Healthcare-NOW! at  info@healthcare-now.org and we will post it
to website and encourage others to join you. We would also
like to track the activity of single-payer activists attending
these house parties, so please let us know what your experience
was like.

A New York Times article stated today that 4200 meetings have
already been organized and more are being planned. The same
article also reports that the the health insurance industry is
encouraging its employees and satisfied customers to attend.
Find full article here.


It is more clear than ever that we must make a big impact with
our single-payer message. Please use the excellent, up-to-date
material developed for activists attending and hosting these
meetings by Physicians for a National Health Program resources
for house parties .

Dr. Quentin Young, PNHP National Coordinator recently
participated in a video project to encourage activists to get
involved in the health care discussions. Check it out!


Finally, thanks for all of your tremendous work at this critical
moment to say loud and clear: single payer now!

In peace and health,

Katie Robbins
Healthcare-NOW!
1-800-453-1305

_Links
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Sign up to lead a health care discussion meeting here:
 http://change.gov/page/s/hcdiscussion

New York Times Article,
 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/17/us/politics/17health.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=obama+health&st=nyt


PNHP Resources:  http://pnhp.org/change/

Dr. Quentin Young video:
 http://www.healthcare-now.org/2008/12/daily-kos-meet-dr-quentin-young/