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!

Register for lobby day

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!

Register 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.

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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:


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.

Nov 26: The Politics of Hospital Closures in New York

PNHP-NY Metro Monthly Forum:

The Politics of Hospital Closures in New York


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

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

When: Tuesday, November 26 – 7:30pm – 9pm

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

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.

RSVP not required, but greatly appreciated! Click here to RSVP.

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

Wed, Nov 20: Healthcare-NOW! NYC Monthly Meeting

Join Healthcare-NOW! NYC for our next coordinating meeting! This meeting will be for volunteers to report back and discuss plans for organizing for single-payer health care. We will also be discussing some exciting upcoming events including the 6 week Off-Broadway run of Michael Milligan’s one-man play Mercy Killer’s coming to NYC in Jan & Feb.

All are welcome!

Healthcare-NOW! NYC Meeting
Wednesday, Nov 20, 7 pm

220 5th Ave, 2nd Floor
Subway: F/M to 23rd St; N/R to 23rd or 28th St

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Upcoming Events

Nov 26th: PNHP-NY Metro’s Monthly Forum:  The Politics of Hospital Closures in New York
Dec 10th: Human Rights Day: An Evening in Honor of Vermont Human Rights Leader Peg Franzen
Dec 10th: PNHP-NY Metro Membership Meeting

Sat, Oct 12 @ 6pm: ‘Mercy Killers’ Comes to Brooklyn

Michael Milligan will be performing Mercy Killers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday, October 12th. This performance is a part of the Northside Town Hall’s Arts Happening Series.

Join us at 6PM at 134 Wythe Ave (N8 & N9)

Mercy Killers is a 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.

This event was sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Performances are free and open to the public.

Wheelchair Accessible

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Tues, 9/17: Rally and March to Restore and Expand Vital Public Services for the 99%

Tuesday, Sept 17 @ 5pm: Rally and March to Restore and Expand Vital Public Services for the 99%

Rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in front of the UN (2nd Ave and 47th St, NYC)

March to Bryant Park

As Occupy Wall Street’s 2nd anniversary approaches, austerity politics proceed unfettered in the halls of Congress.

On September 17, the UN General Assembly will convene to discuss international anti-poverty and public health goals to be achieved by 2015. Against the backdrop of the UN and the OWS anniversary, labor and community activists will rally to demand an end to austerity and the full funding of human needs – locally and globally.

The Robin Hood Tax could raise billions of dollars every year to help ensure that every American has access to high-quality healthcare. This 1/2 a penny tax on Wall Street trading could fund a universal, Medicare-For-All system without mandates, fines, or hidden fees for those who can least afford them.

A Financial Transaction Tax / Robin Hood Tax was implemented in the United States from 1916 to 1966. We’ve done it before, we can do it again!

Join us at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (2nd Ave and 47th St) in front of the UN at 5pm on September 17 to demand our elected officials restore and expand vital public services for the 99%.

To join the healthcare contingent, email

Healthcare-NOW! NYC

In solidarity with:
New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), Vocal-NY, Health GAP, National Nurses United, Amalgamated Transit Union, Transport Workers Union Local 100, New York Professional Nurses Union, ACT UP New York, ACT UP Philadelphia, National People’s Action, NYC Chapter of U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW), Progressive Democrats of America, Left Labor Project, CREDO, African Services Committee, Student Global AIDS Campaign, Healthcare for the 99%, Healthcare-NOW! NYC, Occu-Evolve, Occupy Sandy, OWS Alternative Banking, PNHP-NY Metro, S17 Planning Assembly, UNITE HERE Local 100, Friends of the Earth U.S, UAW Region 9A New York, New York Harm Reduction Educators, NYCLCLAA, Communications Workers of America Local 1180, Food and Water Watch, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802

July 30: Tell Us Why YOU Want ‘Medicare For All’

Tues, July 30th is Medicare’s 48th Anniversary!

A majority of Americans support Medicare For All. Now, is your chance to have your voice heard. Share your story, tell us why you want Medicare For All.

We’re asking people from across the country to submit one-minute videos showing their support for expanding Medicare For All.

Tell us:
1) Your name
2) What city and state you live in
3) What is your profession? Are you affiliated with a particular group – political, volunteer, faith-based, or other?
4) Why YOU support the right to health care and expanding Medicare For All.

Like the ‘I Want Medicare For All’ Video Project on Facebook and YouTube.

To participate, upload your video on YouTube and send a link to

For more information or to volunteer for this project, contact

To support the cause: Donate here