2015 Chicago Single-Payer Strategy Conference

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This is a wiki for posting notes, photos, powerpoint presentations, and video of the 2015 Single-Payer Strategy Conference hosted in Chicago, IL by Healthcare-NOW!, the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare, and One Payer States. To see what other conference participants have shared, click on the workshop or panel below that you're interested in.


Single Payer Strategy Conference - Chicago, IL - October 30-November 1, 2015 [1]

Conference Strategy Questions

Attendees will be asked to answer the following five strategy questions at the conclusion of the conference based on their participation in workshops, plenaries, and their conversation with other movement activists at the conference. The questions are designed to focus our discussions and help us move towards consensus on important movement priorities by the end of the conference. Each question has a dedicated wiki page on which you can post your own thoughts or quotes from the conference that will help us move forward on these crucial organizing decisions!

1. We win when we build a social movement. What are some concrete, strategically smart ways that our organizing can intersect with broader social movements?

2. The ACA is five years old and clearly the law of the land. Currently, what are the most important aspects of the ACA for our movement, and how do we address them in our organizing work?

3. We look to breakthroughs at the state level to reignite the national movement for healthcare justice. After recent experiences in Vermont, California and elsewhere, what will it take to move state campaigns to victory?

4. National elections can present major opportunities and challenges for social movements. What can our movement realistically achieve in 2016 through the election cycle?

5. The current healthcare system reproduces inequities along lines of race, class, gender and immigration status. What are concrete ways we can confront these inequities in our work and within our own organizations?


Agenda for Friday, October 30

Single-Payer Rally Targeting a Healthcare Profiteer, 4:00PM - 5:00PM


Reception and Opening Plenary, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

  • Opening Plenary - Jean Ross, National Nurses United; Richard Gottfried, Chair of the NY State Assembly Health Committee; Claudia Fegan, MD, Physicians for a National Health Program.


Agenda for Saturday, October 31

Plenary: Developing a Winning Strategy for the Single-Payer Movement, 9:00AM-10:30AM

  • The Strategic Moment - Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United


Workshops, 10:45AM-3:15PM

10:45AM-11:45AM – First block of workshops:


1:05PM-2:05PM – Second block of workshops:


2:15PM-3:15PM – Third block of workshops:

Plenary: Building Momentum, Building the Movement, 3:30PM-5:30PM

  • Film trailer for "FixIt: Healthcare at the Tipping Point" – a documentary on business & the single-payer movement.

FixIt: Healthcare at the Tipping Point documentary, 5:30PM-7:00PM

Full showing of FixIt documentary – Q&A with the filmmakers and discussion of outreach and organizing.

Agenda for Sunday, November 1

Strategy Sessions & Closing Plenary, 9:00AM-11:00AM