May 12, 2012: Brothers and Sisters in Single Payer Bowling IV!

April 20, 2012

It’s that time of year again, folks, when we get together and bond-by-bowling with Donna and Larry Smith and all our favorite single payer peeps!
Paulie and Otis are back to welcome everyone to “Single Payer Bowling IV”, Saturday, May 12, from 2-5 p.m.!

This is a fundraiser and “split-tastic” coming together if you will, to support the great work of the ISPC, and a great time to meet, greet and mingle with all your single payer cohorts!  Other organizations endorsing single payer bowling  and working hard everyday to keep corporate healthcare from going OVER THE LINE include: PDA IL, PNHP, Chicago Single Payer Action Network and yours truly, Illinois Media Progressives.
$25. gets you 2 big hours of bowling, a pizza and a pitcher of beer or pop for your lane, and the company of the bestest health care activists this side of the Pecos.
Sign up today by calling Annie at (773) 619-8035 or contact Al at

You can also like ISPC on facebook and RSVP for bowling  at
Tell ’em Paulie and Otis sent ya!

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You bet I will, Will!

October 1, 2011

A hearty “Huzzah!” to Will County activists who took the common sense and fiscal responsibility of single payer straight to Will County’s board.

Argue with ’em if you think you can, but we don’t think you can.
Well done!

We’re Back, and We’re Bowling!

November 23, 2010

Illinois Media Progressives has as much trouble dealing with this post-modern economy as any honest American, but one thing we’ll never have an issue with is hurling a spheroid down an oiled wooden floor at a bunch of wooden sticks.

Especially if we’re doing it with single payer activists, some of our favorite peeps ever.

So we’re pleased as punch to co-host the third annual
“Single Payer Bowling” with special guests, Donna And Larry Smith.

And we’re downright thrilled to join with the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, Progressive Democrats of America, Chicago, and the Chicago Single Payer Action Network to make “SP Bowling III” the biggest and bestest yet.

Join us Saturday, December 11th, 1:30-4:00 p.m., Diversey River Bowl.


And here’s a personal message from Single Payer Bowling Spokesbowlers, Paulie and Otis:

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Strength, Strategy and Donna Smith

April 15, 2010

The fight continues in earnest for health care for all.

Activists from across the whole bleeding state of Illinois, including representatives from
PDA, CNA, Chi-SPAN, Champaign County Health Care Consumers and other members of the Illinois Single Payer Coalition gathered at Augustana Church in President Obama’s old Hyde Park neighborhood to talk about health care.
The consensus was:

We ain’t done yet!

We can do better and we can do more.

Specifically, to keep pushing hard for a single payer plan, like Medicare, improved and expanded to everyone. That’s the path to true health care parity. There is a heapin’ helping of piece of mind down that road and more and more Americans are taking up the fight to take the profit motive out of health care access.

We met a roomful of quality leaders and fighters that are more than up for the task.

Here are some snappy highlights with some big name cameo appearances, including Doc Young who recently wrote so eloquently at HuffPo

“Single-payer Medicare for All is the reform that’s required. Just like almost all other major areas of progress in American life, fundamental health reform requires a movement based on equity, justice, prudence and
science that is free of market greed. That movement today is single payer.”


Here is a great conversation with PDA Illinois Chair-Maestro Bill Bianchi and buddy Donna Smith that inspires great hope for the future of the single payer movement and shows the strength and insight of two friends from Chicago fighting for all of us.

Boy, did IMPs miss ya!

Now meet all the member organizations that made this meeting a success.

Rah indeed!

Access Living

Downstate Democrats for Change

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)

National Nurses Organizing Commitee(NNOC)

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

OWL-National Older Women’s League

Progressive Democrats of America Illinois Chapter(PDA)

Chicago Single Payer Action Network

Health Care for All Illinois

Gray Panthers

AFSCME: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

APJ: Aurora Peace and Justice

APU: American Patients United

CAEC: Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign

CCHCC: Champaign County Health Care Consumers

ChiSPAN: Chicago Single-Payer Action

DP: Democratic Party

FVCPJ: Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice

HC-N: Healthcare-Now

IMM: Illinois Media Progressives (Hi!)

IGP: Illinois Green Party

ISPC: Illinois Single-Payer Coalition

JASC: Jane Addams Senior Caucus

LC: Longhouse Coalition

NAARPO: National Alliance Against Racism and Political Oppression

NNOC/CAN/NNU: National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association/National Nurses Union

PDA: Progressive Democrats of America

SADA: Springfield Area Disability Activists

Ain’t it grand to have so many friends!

Chicago “Cigna 7”: Arrest This

October 8, 2009

Seven members of various Chicago single payer groups put their butts on the line this morning by placing them firmly on the floor of the Chicago Cigna headquarters lobby, and refused to remove them until the Chicago police did it for them.

Apparently word hadn’t reached them that Senator Max had taken single payer off the table, or more likely it had, and they don’t rightfully give a good goddam what Max says.
Or anyone that insists for-profit health care financing is anything but a moral, ethical and fiscal abomination.

Representing the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, the Chicago Single Payer Action Network, Progressive Democrats of America and Physicians for a National Health Care Program, the Cigna 7 were taken into custody by the Chicago police late this morning.

Here’s what it looked like:

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Mad as Hell Docs Announce Chicago Stop

September 9, 2009


Got their motorhome running and headed our way!

We’re sure that when the “Care-A-Van” gets here on Sept. 26th, they will be seriously honked off.

Just look at those wheels!



“We’re mad as hell because our health care system is run by people who profit from illness,” says Dr. Paul Hochfeld, lead Mad As Hell Doctor. “Other wealthy nations have test-driven single payer, and it works. But elected officials in America have closed the door to discussion. We’re here to open it.”


Get the local scoop at MadDocsChicago.Com and follow them across the nation at MadAsHellDoctors.Com

This event hosted by the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, invites us all to catch up with the docs on their historic road trip to Congress.
Join them at the UIC School of Pharmacy, Lecture Hall 134.
That’s on 833 S. Wood Street with starting at 11am.
Celebrate and support these ramblers on the road to health care for all!

The original Mad as Hell Doc Quentin Young, National Coordinator of PNHP will be on hand to welcome the crew to Chicago.


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