Some very interesting videos…

Here are some links to videos created by other organizations that we feel are very informative. Please check them out.

“Fixit” describes the impact of our current health insurance system on employers. It is about 58 minutes long, but well worth it.

FIXIT IT http://fixithealthcare.com/watch-the-movie/

The California Physician Alliance (CaPA) has created some short videos (3 to 5 minutes each) explaining various aspect of Single Payer Health Insurance systems:

Episode 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzawqV_Mv9k

Episode 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSakCtmyK8U

Episode 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx_y8rcYm_M

Episode 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXwLBjc_BGM

Episode 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXwLBjc_BGM

Safe and Secure Voting Option for Mail-in Voting

For Ventura County voters who feel unsafe about voting in person but now fear the Postal Service (USPS) will be unable to deliver a “mail-in” ballot in a timely fashion, there is a way around it:

  1. Complete your Vote By Mail Official Ballot, sign it.
  2. Do not mail it.
  3. Go to your County Voter Information Guide or VenturaVote.org to find the location of ballot drop boxes.
  4. Drop off your Vote By Mail Official Ballot in one of 33 secure ballot drop boxes open beginning Oct 6th.
  5. Track your ballot by signing up at WheresMyBallott.sos.ca.gov just like tracking a package from Amazon.


Here is what you’re accomplishing by doing this:
1. Your ballot gets in on time no matter what happens to the USPS.
2. You don’t have to worry about standing in long lines and risking infection.
3. You still voted! Hooray!

Letters to Editors from PfP-VC: In Support of Healthcare Emergency Guarantee Act

Dr. L. Rockney to VC Reporter: Published Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has caused historical levels of unemployment.  Over 40,000,000 people are unemployed and counting.  As of May 13, 2020,  27 million of these newly unemployed Americans  lost their employee based medical insurance. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates that between 25 million and 43 million people could lose their employer based medical insurance if job losses continue.  Most people in the United States get their health coverage through their jobs. Prior to the COVID pandemic, there were already 28 million people in the United States without medical insurance. The ranks are rising. The COVID pandemic highlights the need for single payor health insurance that covers all Americans at all times. If there is any time people need access to healthcare, it is during a global pandemic.  We can’t depend on our jobs to receive our health care. People who purchase individual insurance plans struggle with medical costs due to exorbitant premiums, large co-pays, high deductibles and expensive medications.  Now more than ever, we need a single payor system that guarantees health care for all.  Many countries like Sweden, Denmark, Canada, the UK have single payor systems that cost far less and perform far better than our system in terms of life expectancy, infant mortality, and many other measures.  The bulk of our medical dollars goes to pay insurance company CEO’s, administrators and drug companies.  We would have much better bargaining power with drug companies if there were a single payor system. Lack of health care for all further separates the haves from the have nots, keeping the poor even more disadvantaged.  The Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act (HR-6906/S-3790) enables Medicare to cover all Americans who lack health insurance during the pandemic until a vaccine against COVID becomes available. Please Contact Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Julia Brownley and encourage them to add their support.   Senator Kamala Harris is one of the co-sponsors of the bill.  Ultimately, we need Medicare for all.  All Americans should be guaranteed access to medical care at all times.

LETTERS | June 2020

Dr. H. Petroff to the Ojai Valley News: Published Friday, July 10, 2020.

The American healthcare system had a lot of problems before COVID arrived, but now things are about to get much worse. Pre-COVID, 28 million people had no insurance, and many of the people with insurance couldn’t afford their premiums, deductibles, and copays.  Now, the number of uninsured people is expected to at least double from job losses and businesses having to cut back on benefits due to the pandemic.  In our Post-COVID economy, employer-based health care looks even more inadequate than it did before. 

Many of us have been advocating for the expansion of Medicare as a solution to this problem.  For those who like the idea but are worried about its feasibility, COVID has provided an opportunity to give this model a trial run without having to commit to it forever. The Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act (HR-6906/S-3790) extends Medicare, with no deductibles or copays, to everyone in America who currently has no health insurance.  For those with insurance, their copays, deductibles and other unaffordable out of pocket expenses would also be covered by Medicare.  This would continue in effect until there is a widely available vaccine against COVID. At that point, Americans could decide if we want to keep this model or move on.

Yes, this will cost money (estimated about $400 billion). This is actually less than a competing bill that proposes the government cover COBRA payments to insurance companies so that newly unemployed people (i.e.: only half of the 50 million+ people who will need coverage) can keep their overpriced inadequate employer-based insurance for a few more months.  Compared to the over 2.4 trillion (i.e.: 6 times $400 billion) that the government has already spent on COVID without addressing our healthcare emergency, this seems like a reasonable investment. 

Senator Kamala Harris is already one of the co-sponsors of the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act.  I encourage my fellow Ojaians to urge Representative Julia Brownley and Senator Dianne Feinstein to add their support.  Life has been giving us a lot of lemons lately, let’s make some lemonade out of it!

Dr. L. Pawson to VC Star: Published July 11, 2020.

The Ventura County Star has a “Coronavirus Unemployment Tracker.” Click on that tracker to look at the situation in Ventura and you will see that 13.9% (54,959 individuals) of the total Ventura County labor force ( 406,768) was unemployed in April 2020 compared to 3% in May 2019. Those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic also lost their health insurance IF they had any employer based health insurance to begin with. About 70% of Americans that have health insurance obtain it through their work. This loss of job resulting in loss of health insurance NOW, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, exposes the broken for-profit health insurance system in the USA as the catastrophe that it is. It leaves every one of us one job loss away from possible bankruptcy due to medical bills. Losing health insurance in the middle of a pandemic is cruel. Close to 30 million Americans didn’t have ANY health insurance prior to the pandemic despite many of them being employed. Those fellow Americans always face choosing to pay for the roof over their heads or the food on their tables over seeking needed healthcare. We need a National Health Insurance program NOW. The HealthCare Emergency Guarantee Act H.R.6906 / S.B.3790 was introduced in Congress in May. It would expand Medicare coverage immediately to all uninsured persons and cover the cost sharing expenses of deductibles and copays for the insured and under-insured for the duration of the pandemic. We must guarantee access to healthcare with universal national health insurance and freedom from the fear that accompanies this shameful lack of a basic safety net. Call your members of Congress and urge them to advocate and fight for us by supporting the HealthCare Emergency Guarantee Act.

https://www.vcstar.com/story/opinion/readers/2020/07/12/letter-support-healthcare-act/5417825002/

PfP-VC Members Meet With Congressman Salud Carbajal

July 2019; PfP-VC members Dr. Lynn Rockney, Dr. Nessa Meshkaty and Dr. Leslie-Lynn Pawson met with Congressman Salud Carbajal, the United States Representative from California’s 24th congressional district.  The group was very excited to hear that Congressman Carbajal had recently signed on in support of H.R.1384, the “Improved Medicare for All” bill. The three physicians introduced our organization, its goals and why it supports a single payer health insurance system. Each doctor was able to give very poignant examples of patients under their care who have suffered under our current system. PfP-VC looks forward to working with Congressman Carbajal and his staff to educate his constituents on this important issue, informing them of the benefits of a single payer approach and the path to get there.

PfPVC meets Carbojal IMG_0145Left to Right: Dr. Leslie-Lynn Pawson, U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal, Dr. Nessa Meshkaty, Dr. Lynn Finger.

Make some calls to your representatives, sample scripts…

Calling your Representatives

Sample phone call scripts and email scripts to Members of Congress with a specific request about Single-payer healthcare:

“ I’m calling / writing from postal code XXXXX. I want to tell Rep. Carbajal that I appreciate that he became a co-sponsor of HR1384 – the Improved Medicare for All bill. I believe it is important that he support healthcare bills that are real single payer bills that get for-profit insurance companies out of healthcare insurance. I urge him to actively work towards passing a single-payer bill. Only a single-payer system will truly result in 100% coverage and provide access to health care as a right not based on ability to pay.

 

“ I’m calling from postal code XXXXX. I want to tell Rep. Brownley that I am very disappointed that she has not co-sponsored HR1384 – the Improved Medicare for All bill. I believe it is important that she support healthcare bills that are real single-payer bills that get for-profit insurance companies out of healthcare insurance. Only a single-payer system will truly result in 100% coverage and provide access to healthcare as a right not by ability to pay. I am urging Congresswoman Brownley to become a co-sponsor of HR1384 and active supporter of a single-payer healthcare system.

 

“ I’m calling from postal code XXXXX. I want to tell Senator Harris that I appreciate that she is a co-sponsor of SB1129 – the Medicare for All bill. I believe it is important that she support healthcare bills that are real single-payer bills that get for-profit insurance companies out of healthcare insurance. Unlike what she supported during her campaign for president I urge her to actively work towards passing a real single-payer bill like SB-1129. Only a single-payer system will truly result in 100% coverage and provide access to healthcare as a right not based on ability to pay.

 

“ I’m calling from postal code XXXXX. I want to tell Senator Feinstein that I am very disappointed that she has not co-sponsored SB1129 – the Medicare for All bill. I believe it is important that she support healthcare bills that are real single-payer bills that get for-profit insurance companies out of healthcare insurance. Only a single-payer system will truly result in 100% coverage and provide access to healthcare as a right not by ability to pay. I am urging Senator Feinstein to become a co-sponsor of SB1129 and an active supporter of a single-payer healthcare system.

 

Sample phone call scripts to California State Senator and Assemblymembers – this shows that this is an important issue for you.

 

“ I’m calling from postal code XXXXX. I want to tell Assemblymember X / Senator X that I believe a single-payer system of health insurance is the only way California (and ultimately the country) can achieve access to healthcare for 100% of Californians. Only with a single-payer system of health insurance can we have access to healthcare as a right and not based on ability to pay as is our current system. I ask Assemblymember X / Senator X to support and fight for legislative efforts that get us closer to a single-payer healthcare system.