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.
We are a grassroots movement composed of members just like you. We believe systemic, lasting change comes from the bottom up, and that to be censored or compromised by large companies or interest groups would be betraying our mandate of constituent-led organizing. All of our funding comes from individuals, families, unions, and grassroots organizations.
Healthcare-NOW is the broadest coalition of single-payer supporters in the U.S. We mobilize a large community of advocates in more than 300 cities in almost every state. We work in coalition with organizations like National Nurses United, Our Revolution, Democratic Socialists of America, Progressive Democrats of America, and many others.