Healthcare-NOW is fighting to win a national single-payer healthcare system because access to healthcare is basic to human dignity. To win, we must build a powerful social movement through education and action, so our work focuses on raising up the voices of patients who feel isolated in their struggles with the healthcare system, educating activists to gain the knowledge and skills they need to become leaders, and mobilizing our movement through collective action.
Healthcare-NOW was formed in 2004 by our founder Marilyn Clement, originally under the name of the Campaign for a National Health Program NOW. The organization’s founding conference on “The Health Care Crisis and Election of 2004″ brought together a large coalition of healthcare, labor, community, and faith-based communities with the goal of building the grassroots movement that will win passage of national single-payer healthcare legislation. HR676, our flagship legislation in the House of Representatives, was first introduced by Rep. John Conyers that same year in 2004.