Monthly Archives: December 2015

BRAVO! Financial Supporters Make a Difference …and Make It All Possible.

We’d like to thank the following groups, unions, and individuals who financially supported us in various ways during 2015.  Their support made our work in 2015 possible, and lays a foundation for our work to come in 2016.  If you’d like to do so before the ball drops nearby in Times Square, please us the donate button here, or mail a check to 420 West 45th St., DC 1707, New York, NY 10009. 

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Annual Spring Dues Campaign

Groups and Unions:

  • Alliance for a Greater New York
  • *Center for Health Care Initiatives
  • *Center for Independence of the Disabled in NY
  • Children’s Defense Fund of NY
  • Citizen Action of New York
  • Commission on the Public’s Health System in NYC
  • Committee of Interns and Residents, SEIU Healthcare
  • *Communications Workers of America, District 1
  • *Communications Workers of America, Local 1102
  • Communications Workers of America, Local 1180
  • Community Health Care Association of New York
  • *Community Healthcare Network
  • DC 37 Retirees Association
  • District Council 37, AFSCME
  • Doctors’ Council, SEIU Healthcare
  • Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
  • Gay Men’s Health Crisis
  • *GuildNet/Lighthouse Guild
  • Healthcare Education Project, 1199SEIU/GNYHA
  • *Hudson Center for Health Equity and Quality
  • International Association of Stage and Theatrical Employees, Local 1
  • Long Island Coalition for a National Health Program
  • Make the Road New York
  • Medicare Rights Center
  • *New York Committees of Correspondence
  • *New York Gray Panthers
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • New York State AFL-CIO
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York Statewide Senior Action Council
  • Open Door Family Medical Centers
  • Organization of Staff Analysts
  • *Primary Care Development Corp.
  • Physicians for a National Health Program, New York Metro Chapter
  • Planned Parenthood of New York City
  • Professional Staff Congress, CUNY
  • Public Health Solutions
  • *Ryan Center
  • *Social Service Employees Union, Local 371, DC 37
  • 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

(* new contributors from 2015)


  • Deborah Bell
  • Richard Bergman
  • Carmelita Blake
  • Francine Brewer
  • Gene Carroll
  • Jim Collins
  • Moira Dolan & David Mandelbaum
  • Anne and Sid Emerman
  • Shaurain Farber
  • Tim Foley & Susan Lee
  • Jay Gumbiner
  • Marica Hunte
  • John and Patricia Hyland
  • Nadia Jakoubek
  • Pauline Kuyler, MD
  • Lou and Sara Levitt
  • Jose Matta
  • R. Mayer
  • Cheryl Merzel, MD
  • Terry Mizrahi
  • Ethel Paley
  • Alec Pruchnicki, MD
  • Lois Steinberg
  • Katharine Wolpe

2015 Health Care Justice Leadership Annual Gala

Groups and Unions:

  • AARP New York
  • Alliance for a Greater New York
  • Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM
  • Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York
  • Citizen Action of New York
  • Coalition of Asian-American Children and Families
  • Commission on the Public’s Health System
  • Committee of Interns and Residents
  • Communication Workers of America, Local 1180
  • Communications Workers of America, District 1
  • Communications Workers of America, Local 1102
  • Community Health Care Association of New York State
  • Community Healthcare Network
  • Community Service Society of New York
  • Consumers Union
  • Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, AFT Local 1
  • Doctor’s Council
  • Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
  • Freelancers’ Union
  • Gray Panthers, New York City Network
  • Greater NY Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust
  • GuildNet
  • Healthcare Education Project, 1199 SEIU-GNYHA
  • Housing Works
  • Hudson Center for Health Equity
  • International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, IATSE
  • Medicare Rights Center
  • Municipal Hospital Employees, Local 420, DC 37
  • National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter
  • New York City Central Labor Council
  • New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Open Door Family Medical Centers
  • Organization of Staff Analysts
  • Physicians for a National Health Program, NY Metro Chapter
  • Planned Parenthood of New York City
  • Primary Care Development Corporation
  • Professional Staff Congress, AFT Local 2334
  • Raising Women’s Voices-NY
  • Ryan Community Health Center
  • 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
  • Social Service Employees Local 371, DC 37 AFSCME
  • Systonic Systems
  • Theatrical Stage Employees, Local One, IATSE
  • Transport Workers Union, Local 100
  • United Auto Workers, Region 9A
  • United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2
  • United University Professions


  • Alec Pruchnicki
  • Alice and Jon Fisher
  • Barbara Edmonds
  • Bob Ambaras
  • Carmelita Blake
  • Chris Verber
  • Nick Unger
  • Edwin Weber
  • Ester Lok
  • George Carter
  • Janet Sussin
  • Jim Perlstein
  • Joel Shufro
  • Kate Linker
  • Susan Moscou and Dan O’Connell
  • Kate Pfordresher
  • Lloyd Bishop
  • Marianne Kosits
  • Mark Seddun
  • Mary Tucker
  • Mike Rabinowitz
  • Moira Dolan
  • Paul Stein
  • Stanley Lave
  • Steve Oliver
  • Tom Shcherbenko

Health Care for All New York Subgrants

  • Community Service Society of New York (funding from the ACA Implementation Fund, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (funding from the New York State Health Foundation)

Restore the American Promise Subgrant

Public Policy and Education Fund of New York (funding from Americans for Tax Fairness)

Grant Support for Our Internship Program

Anthony DeMarco Health Care for All of US Fund

Looking Back Over 2015, and Ahead to 2016

As this year draws to a close, we want to thank all those groups, unions, and individuals who partnered in and/or financially supported our work in 2015.  We couldn’t have done all we have without you!

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Some of our accomplishments this past year have included:

  • Passage of the “New York Health Act” universal health care bill by the State Assembly in May (by over a 2/3rds majority) – via the Campaign for New York Health
  • Advocating for New York to robustly maximize its options under the Affordable Care Act, including creating the exciting new “Essential Plan” that offers very low-cost coverage to the working poor – via Health Care for All New York
  • Educating uninsured New Yorkers about their new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (nearly 3 million have signed up so far since 2 years ago.) – via Health Care for All New York
  • Securing dedicated funding from both New York State and New York City to enable community-based groups to reach out to uninsured people to get them enrolled in coverage and newly-insured people to help them learn how to use their coverage – via the People’s Budget Coalition for Public Health
  • Celebrating and calling attention to the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid as bedrock social programs for America and millions of New Yorkers over the decades – via No Bad Grand Bargain
  • Leading efforts statewide and here in New York City to protect federal funding for health care and related social programs by resisting austerity policies, advocating for tax fairness, and promoting general economic development – via Restore the American Promise
  • Contributing to new State and City government initiatives to improve access to services, improve the quality of care, promote population health, and make health care more affordable – via Health Care for All New York, Medicaid Matters New York, and the New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Production of 9 cable TV shows (check them out on our website here), and 28 segments for WBAI’s “Health Action” show, including 3 listener call-ins.

binoculars looking ahead

We will be continuing and building on all these efforts in 2016, and look forward to joining with you on them.  In particular, we will be working to inject these issues into the election year discourse, to educate voters about what’s at stake for state and national government policies, concerning both those enacted and desired. 

writing out a check

If your group or union, or yourself personally, have not yet had time to support our recent “Health Care Justice Leadership Annual Gala”, please take a moment now to do so, before the end of this year.  You can either send us a check (420 West 45th Street, DC 1707 AFSCME, New York, NY 10036), or contribute online via the donate button on this page.  Doing so will enable us to begin 2016 on strong footing.

Finally, please be sure follow everything we’re up to and the larger context of our work via our online platforms:  our blog and monthly calendar, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed.

In closing, we wish everyone all the best for the coming new year.  By continuing to work together, we will advance the cause of universal health care, and the various health care justice efforts strategic to that goal.

New York Health Activists and Allies to Protest Pfizer’s “Corporate Inversion” Tax Dodge

On Friday, December 4th at 12 noon, members of No Bad Grand Bargain (NBGB), a citywide network of health and social justice activists who focus on federal budget issues, and Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF), a Washington, DC-based coalition of national organizations who advocate for politically-progressive tax reform policies, are gathering outside the World Headquarters of drugmaker Pfizer in midtown Manhattan for a press conference and protest in reaction to the firm’s recently announced merger with Irish drugmaker Allergan. 


“Pfizer’s Rx for America: Dodge U.S. Taxes, Stash Profits Overseas, Stick the Rest of Us with the Tab” will feature New York State Senator Liz Krueger, and speakers from ATF, UFT Retired Teachers Chapter, and Metro New York Health Care for All. The event will be held outside the company’s New York City office, located on the northwest corner of 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue.

 Sponsors of the event include Citizen Action of NY, Fiscal Policy Institute, Democracy for NYC, Doctors Council/SEIU Healthcare, Metro NY Health Care for All, MoveOn, NYS Alliance for Retired Americans, No Bad Grand Bargain, Restore the American Promise, UFT Retired Teachers Chapter.

Pfizer’s merger with Allergan is a “corporate inversion” whereby Pfizer technically becomes an Irish-based company, thereby escaping paying U.S. corporate taxes, yet all-the-while maintaining its full U.S.-based operations and New York City headquarters. Such inversions are a strategy being increasingly employed by large U.S. firms to dodge taxes.  Pfizer is one of the world’s largest and most profitable drug companies, in an industry that has one of the highest profit margins worldwide.

ATF Pfizer rpt cover

Tax dodging is nothing new for Pfizer.  It hasn’t paid its full taxes in years by using a variety of business schemes.  Meanwhile, it rakes in millions in profits by charging sky-high prices for its products, which forces up health insurance rates and rips-off Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs.  ATF recently released a report on the company titled “Pfizer’s Tax Dodging Rx: Stash Profits Offshore”, detailing a decade of nefarious tax activities by the company.

Many large corporations engage in a slew of scams to dodge U.S. taxes, and Pfizer is one of the worst offenders.  When these companies don’t pay their fair share of taxes, the federal government doesn’t have enough money to pay for vital social and health care programs that many New Yorkers rely on to get by.

However, there IS some good news!

The “Stop Corporate Inversions Act” (S.198, H.R.415) in Congress will make it hard for large profitable companies like Pfizer to desert America for offshore tax havens, and will make large U.S. subsidiaries of small foreign parent firms pay its taxes if it is still managed and controlled from within the United States.

Schumer pic

New York’s Sen. Charles Schumer can champion this bill and push it through by the end of this year IF he makes it a priority.  There is a politically-viable “tax extenders” bill that Congress is likely to take up before it recesses for this year, and this new bill could be attached to it for easier passage.  Sen. Schumer is the #3 Democratic leader in the Senate, and sits on the powerful Finance Committee. It is anticipated that he is likely to become Democratic leader in the Senate in 2017, and depending on how the 2016 elections go, will either be the chamber’s majority or minority leader.

NBGB is the local organizing affiliate of the statewide Restore the American Promise (RAP) campaign.  NBGB, RAP, and ATF are together urging New Yorkers to contact both Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and their local members of Congress about the Stop Corporate Inversions Act within the next week.  Congress is aiming for a December 11th recess, although it’s possible the may not finish up all their work for 2015 until sometime during the following week.  In any case, there’s not much time.

Pfizer’s merger will not be completed until approved by the company’s stockholders at their annual meeting in the spring, so if this bill is enacted before then, it will make the firm’s proposed inversion much more difficult, if not impossible.  Last year, drugstore chain Walgreens proposed an inversion, but it was stopped after much public outcry, so it is possible to stop them.