July 22: Community Forum on Hospital Closures

20 NYC hospitals have shut down over the last 10 years

10-12 more hospitals are under threat of closure and others are reducing services

Each hospital closure leads to longer response times, wait times, and dangerous over-crowding 

Currently, the State of NY decides which hospitals and services are shut down in NYC. While closed down hospitals are routinely being turned into condos, the State of New York has failed to replace these vital resources. It’s time for NYC communities to have a direct say in the health care decisions that affect our lives and our health. 

It’s time to put a stop to the closure of our hospitals.

Join us to find out more

Community Forum on Hospital Closures
Tues, July 22nd 6:30 PM

Judson Memorial Church 
55 Washington Square South

Wheelchair Accessible Entrance on 239 Thompson
(enter, turn left, take elevator down)


May 20: PNHP Monthly Forum: Roundtable – Can We Pass Single Payer in Albany?

PNHP-NY Metro Monthly Forum

Tuesday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.

Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
10 Union Square East @ E.14th St., 2nd Floor Auditorium
Free and open to all

Can we pass Single Payer in Albany?
Roundtable discussion on the New York Health Campaign

In the last two years, the campaign to create a single-payer health care system in New York State has made tremendous progress. Assm. Gottfried’s New York Health bill now has 74 cosponsors in the Assembly (76 needed to pass), and the number of endorsing unions, professional and community groups has gone from 37 to almost 80 in the last three months. The 45-member New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus endorsed the bill the day after our Lobby Day, attended by 250 participants. 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? Come join the conversation.

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

Artwork by Josh Starcher, Healthcare-NOW! NYC


May 6: Annual Statewide Lobby Day – Albany

Registration is now live for the annual statewide lobby day for universal, single-payer health care on Tuesday, May 6th in Albany!
There is growing support across the state for the New York Health bill (A5389A/S2078A). The bill only needs a few more cosponsors to have enough votes to pass the Assembly. Your support now can make a difference.

If passed, New York would lead the country in having the largest statewide universal, single payer health care system in the country. Every New Yorker would receive quality health care and be able to choose their medical provider. No more bankruptcies due to medical debt. No more denials from private health insurance companies.  No more discrimination based on coverage status.

You’ll be joining hundreds of people, including physicians, nurses, health professionals, students, and patients to send the message to our elected officials: Healthcare is a Human Right!

Sign up now.

A FREE lobby training will be held in New York City on April 27th. It’s a great opportunity to brush up on your talking points and advocacy skills.

Questions? Contact us at hcn.nyc@gmail.com.

May 10: Spot Lights Discussion Series – Healthcare Reform: What’s Next?

Spot Lights Discussion Series – Healthcare Reform: What’s Next?

Sat, May 10, 1-4 PM

Flushing Meetinghouse
137-16 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354

What is the future of healthcare in NY?
How will changes in health care affect your family?
What health care options are best for our community?









Discussion, Q&A Led by Martha Livingston, Ph.D.
⇝ Professor and Chair of the Public Health department at SUNY College at Old Westbury
⇝ Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York Metro chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program
⇝ Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Health Policy
⇝ Member of the Steering Committee of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Health Care
⇝ Longtime resident of Flushing, New York, and serious New York Mets fan.

Sponsored by the Peace & Social Action Committee of the Flushing Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

May1: Healthcare Advocates Unite for May Day!

Join Healthcare-NOW! NYC and allies on May 1st for the annual May Day rally and march. We’ll be tabling in Union Square from 12-5pm. Stop on by and say hello!

You can pick up the latest materials on single-payer healthcare, get some Healthcare is a Human Right gear, and meet up to join the May Day march.

To volunteer or let us know you’ll be there email us at hcn.nyc@gmail.com.

12N – 5:00pm – Assemble in Union Square
Healthcare advocates will be tabling in Union Square (southwest corner of the park) from 12Noon – 5:00p.

5:00pm – May Day March
Join the annual May Day march from Union Square to Wall Street.


Healthcare is a Human Right!



April, 29: Call In Day – Pass Universal Health Care in the New York State Assembly

We need to get as many calls to members of the New York State Assembly as possible on Tuesday, April 29th in support of bringing the New York Health bill to a vote before the session ends in June.

With enough pressure, we can pass this bill in the Assembly, which will send a big message: New Yorkers want truly equitable, universal health care without private health insurance companies!

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried authored a letter to Speaker Silver, asking him to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. You can help by calling your Assembly person and urging them to sign on to Assemblyman Gottfried’s letter to Speaker Silver.

Every call counts! It makes a big difference to hear directly from their constituents.

Just follow these simple steps to make a big impact on health care justice:

1) Look up your NYS Assembly person at www.votesmart.org.

2) Contact the NYS Assembly Capitol Switchboard at (518) 455-4100 and ask for your Assembly Representative’s office.

3) Sample Scripts:

Hi, I’m a constituent of Assembly person ________. Today, I’m calling to request he/she join Assemblyman Gottfried in the “Dear Colleague” letter to Speaker Silver asking for the New York Health bill (5389A) to come to a vote this session.

This is an important issue to me because ______ .

I’d like confirmation of my request in writing be sent to (your address/email address). Thank you!

4) Let us know how it went!

Email Katie at organizing@pnhpnymetro.org.

Thank you for participating!

Sat, March 8th: Join us for a Cook-Out to get Koch out!


Healthcare-NOW! NYC is joining a march and rally this Saturday, March 8th at 10am at the site of the soon-to-be Koch Pavilion, a new hospital in New York’s wealthiest neighborhood, the Upper East Side, named for New York City’s wealthiest resident, oil tycoon David Koch. Koch, with his brother Charles, personally finances many of the most far-right wing causes and organizations in the U.S.


When: Saturday March 8th 10AM


Where: York Ave between 68th and 69th streets (Accessible by 6 Train or M72 Bus)


Hospitals are closing across New York City in the neighborhoods that need access the most.


Endorsing Organizations:1199 SEIU, New York State Nurses Association, NAACP New York State Conference, African Services Committee, ALIGN-NY, Bailey House, Center for Popular Democracy, Community Voices Heard, Doctors for the 99%, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, Healthcare-NOW! NYC, Healthcare for the 99%, Interfaith Coalition, La Aurora, Left Labor Project, Make the Road New York, Met Council on Housing, Metro New York Healthcare for All, National Dominican Women’s Development Center, National Action Network, National Organization of Women-NYC, New York Communities for Change, Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro, Rockaway Wildfire, Strong Economy For All Coalition, VOCAL-NY, Washington Heights Corner Project, Working Families Party.

Electeds: State Senator Espaillat, City Councilmember Kallos, City Councilmember Rodriguez

Support for New York Health Continues to Grow

Press Release: Working Families Party, Leading Unions, and Health Care Providers Announce New Support for Single-Payer Health Care

Legislative Gazette: Labor unions back Gottfried-Perkins plan for universal, publicly-funded health care

Albany Times Union: Unions, medical providers support universal health care in N.Y.

Capital New York: Capital Health Care (see Rally Cry)

The Daily Beast: The Play Obamacare Needs: ‘Mercy Killers’ at the Working Theater

Truth-Out: True Single-Payer Healthcare System Being Considered in New York Assembly

In These Times: Single Payer Rises Again

Albany Times Union (Video): Med students lobby for New Yorkers’ health

Albany Times Union: Single-payer activism gets boost from Obamacare

Jan 15 – Feb 16: MERCY KILLERS – Off Broadway

MERCY KILLERS – Off Broadway

Get Your Tickets Now!

Presented by
Harold Clurman Lab Theater

Written by Michael Milligan
Directed by Tom Oppenheim

Mercy Killers is a compelling, one-man play by Michael Milligan.

Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the 4th of July and his wife, Jane. He is blue-collar, corn-fed, made in the USA and proud, but when his uninsured wife is diagnosed with cancer, his patriotic feelings and passion for the ethos of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down.


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MERCY KILLERS Off Broadway Schedule

Tuesday, January 7 – Sunday, February 2
at the Stella Adler Studio Theater
31 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001

Wednesday, February 5 to Sunday, February 9
at the Bronx UFT
2500 Halsey Street, Bronx, NY 10461

Tuesday, February 11 to Sunday, February 16
at the Local 3 IBEW
158-11 Jewel Avenue, Flushing, NY 11365

Ticket Prices
General Admission: $25
Students / Seniors / Union Members with ID: $23

To purchase tickets, visit Smart Tix (link below) or call 212.868.4444

Student Rush tickets and Group Sales Discounts are also available!

For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/MercyKillers


Dec 10: Human Rights Day: An Evening in Honor of Vermont Human Rights Leader Peg Franzen

Human Rights Day: Celebrating the Growing Healthcare is a Human Right Movement: An Evening in Honor of Vermont Human Rights Leader Peg Franzen

Tuesday, Dec 10th, 7pm

777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
(44th Street and 1st Avenue)

Please join us on Human Rights Day, December 10th, to honor the late Peg Franzen, member of the Vermont Workers’ Center and a key leader in Vermont’’s pioneering Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign.

Ms. Franzen is the former President of the Vermont Workers’ Center and long-time disability rights activist, exemplifies the power of people to effectuate change in their communities and in their state. The Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign began in Vermont where, in the midst of intense debate about the Affordable Care Act, it succeeded in passing the country’’s first state-wide universal health care law. Community members like Ms. Franzen have reignited the movement for universal, publicly financed health care in the United States, and communities in Maryland, Maine, and Pennsylvania have now picked up the torch, starting their own Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns, with other states poised to follow. We will be joined at this event by representatives from Healthcare Is a Human Right-Maryland, Healthcare Is a Human Right-Maine, and Healthcare Is a Human Right-Pennsylvania, which collectively form the vanguard of a new human rights movement for universal health care.

We ask you to join us on Human Rights Day in re-committing to the principle that human rights begin at home and honoring Ms. Franzen for her leadership in this historic health care breakthrough.

This event is free and open to the public.