Campaign Endorsers

Endorsers of the campaign sponsored by Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio) to achieve an expanded and improved Medicare for All type health care system in Ohio:

James W. Agna, M.D.
Mary A. Agna, M.D.
American Medical Student Association, Case Western Reserve University
American Medical Student Association, Ohio State University
Gina Angiola, M.D.
Chris Babcock, R.N.
Holly Barrows, M.D.
Barbara T. Baylor, MPH, CHES
Stephen Beck, M.D.
Michael Bissell, M.D., Ph.D, MPH
Renee Bohannon, R.N.
Trudy Bond, Ed.D. (Consulting Psychologist)
Jeanette N. Boraby, R.N., B.S.N.
Michaela Brennan, R.N.
Daniel J. Brustein, M.D.
Brendan T. Carroll, M.D.
Wendy Cicek, M.D.
Pamela K. Cobb, M.D.
Brad Cotton, M.D.
Joseph Daprano, M.D.
Barbara I. Delarwelle, R.N.
Clarence A. DeLima, M.D., D.A.B.P.N., D.P.M.
Teri Dew, R.N.
Cynthia L. Dilauro, M.D.
John Ditraglia, M.D.
Frances Dostal, R.N.
John Egar, M.D., Ph.D.
Gaby El-Khoury, M.D.
Alice Faryna, M.D.
James Foley, L.P.T. (Physical Therapist)
Amasa B. Ford, M.D.
Constance Fox, M.D.
Eric Friess, M.D.
Elizabeth Frost, M.D.
Thomas A. Fuller, M.D.
Edward Goldberger, M.D.
Rakesh Gupta, M.D.
Christopher T. Haas, M.D.
Robert W. Hamilton, M.D., FACP
Eric Hasemeier, D.O.
B. Mark Hess, M.D.
Karl W. Hess, M.D.
Margaret Houlehan, PA-C
Marilyn Huheey, M.D.
Wendy Johnson, M.D.
Erick A. Kauffman, M.D.
Kristopher Keller, DC, DABCO
John H. Kennell, M.D.
Heidi Kreidler, R.D., L.D.
Sophia Kwiatkowski, R.N.
Lorenzo S. Lalli, M.D.
Jerome Liebman, M.D.
Dena Magoulias, M.D.
Jan Maiocco, C.R.N.P., Associate Medical Director
Joy Marshall, M.D.
Charlotte Masserant, R.N.
Catherine Mauser, C.N.M.
Jack Harvey Medalie, M.D., M.P.H.
Edward D. Miller, M.D.
James Misak, M.D.
Susan Louisa Montauk, M.D.
Bill Myers, M.D.
Mary Nichols-Rhodes, L.P.N.
Pamela Oatis, M.D.
Annette Opfermann, R.N.
Mary Ostendorf, R.N.
Clifford Packer, M.D.
Halesh M. Patel, M.D., FACP
Eleni Pelecanos-Matts, M.D.
Brenda Pettus, L.S.W.
Physicians For a National Health Program
Harry W. Pollock, M.D.
Amy Prack, M.D.
Eric Prack, M.D.
Thomas G. Pretlow, M.D.
Patrice Rancour, M.S., R.N., C.S.
George A. Randt, M.D.
M. Edith Rasell, M.D., Ph.D.
Ann B. Reichsman, M.D., Medical Director
Susan Righi, M.D.
Johnie Rose, M.D.
Johnathon Ross, M.D.
Kathleen Ross-Alaolmolki, Ph.D., R.N.
Donald L. Rucknagel, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael Joshua Seidman, M.D.
Gabriel E. Sella, M.D.
Mary Louise Shaw, M.D.
Susan B. Shurin, M.D.
Marcia Silver, M.D.
David E. Smith, M.D.
Gabriel Stanescu, M.D.
Sul Ross Thorward, M.D., F.A.P.A.
Joan E. Trey, M.D.
Laurel A. Twardzik, R.N.
Eugene J. VanLeeuwen, M.D.
Lisa Vantrease, M.D.
Aaron E. Villaba, M.D.
Heather A. Ways, M.D.
Paul Webb, M.D.
Joan B. Webster, M.D.
Cheryl Ermann Weinstein, M.D.
Meredith Weinstein, M.D.
Robert S. Weiss, M.D.
Molly M. White, C.R.N.P.
George L. Wineburgh, M.D.
Anne S. Wise, M.D.
Richard Wyderski, M.D.

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Ohio Council 8
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Local 3360
Asbestos Workers Union Local 3
Ashtabula County AFL-CIO
Ashtabula County AFL-CIO Retirees Council 
Boilermakers Local 900
Building Laborers Local 310
Chicago & Midwest Regional Joint Board affiliated with Workers' United
Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council
Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
Cleveland-Akron Allied Printing Trades Council
Communications Workers of America District 4
Coshocton Firefighters IAFF Local 216
Cuyahoga-Medina UAW CAP Council
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
Franklin County AFL-CIO
Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 128N
Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 508 O-K-I
Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 544C
Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 546M
Greater Columbus-Franklin County UAW CAP Council
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 160
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 8
International Chemical Workers Union Council/UFCW
National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 385
National Production Workers Union
North Shore Federation of Labor
Ohio Association of Public School Employees, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 419
Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 11
Office & Professional Employees International Union Local 1794
Ohio State Legislative Board, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen/Rail Conference IBT
Ohio United Auto Workers Community Action Program (CAP) Council
Ohio Valley Council of Sheet Metal Workers
Operative Plasterers Local 80
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 50
Portage/Summit United Auto Workers Community Action Program (CAP) Council
Professionals Guild of Ohio American Federation of Teachers Local 1960
Richland County AFL-CIO
Roofers Local 42
Service Employees International Union Local 627
Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union No. 24
Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 33
Toledo Council of Newspaper Unions
Toledo Newspaper and Printing Graphics Union Local No. 27N
Toledo Port Council
United Auto Workers Local 420
United Auto Workers Local 658
United Auto Workers Local 1050
United Auto Workers Local 1250
United Auto Workers Local 2075
United Auto Workers Region 2-B
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7A
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 17A
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 880
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 911
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1059
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1099
United Food and Commercial Workers Ohio Council
United Food and Commercial Workers Region 4
United Steelworkers of America District 1
United Steelworkers of America Local 1375
United Steelworkers of America Local 5724
United Steelworkers of America Local 5760
United Steelworkers of America Local 14964
Utility Workers Union of America Local 270

John Agenbroad, Mayor of Springboro
Brook Park City Council
Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senator
Cleveland City Council
Cleveland Heights City Council
Clinton County Board of Health
Danny Colonna, Brook Park Councilman-at-Large
Columbus City Council
Dayton City Commission
Mike Foley, Ohio State Representative
Green Party of Ohio
Robert F. Hagan, Ohio State Representative
Sandra Stabile Harwood, Ohio State Representative
Mathias H. Heck Jr., Montgomery County Prosecutor
Jefferson Village Council
Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative
Lakewood City Council
Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County Commissioner
Mahoning County Commissioners
Dale Miller, Cuyahoga County Council
Montgomery County Democratic Party
North Olmsted City Council
Ohio Progressive Action Coalition
Ohio State Labor Party
Olmsted Township
Painesville Township Board of Trustees
Portage Democratic Coalition
Progressive Democrats of America, Ohio Chapters
Seven Hills City Council
Michael Skindell, Ohio State Senator
South Euclid City Council
Struthers City Council
Village of Newburgh Heights
Warren City Council
Windham Village Council

Rev. Colin Bossen, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland
Camus Society
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent
Christ Episcopal Church Vestry, Dayton, OH 
Church of the World, Western Reserve Association
Cincinnati Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
Cleveland Jobs with Justice
Community Partners for Affordable, Accessible Health Care (CPAAHC) 
Consumer & Family Advocacy Council - Franklin County
Contact Center - Ohio Empowerment Coalition 
CORE: Concerned Ohio Retired Educators
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Marietta
Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Goetz, Retired, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless
Hard Hatted Women
Justice and Witness Ministries, The United Church of Christ
Warner Mendenhall, Attorney-At-Law
NAACP Cleveland Branch
Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee
Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign
Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH)
Organize! Ohio
Rev. Dr. John S. Paddock, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton
Rev. Gordon S. Price, Rector Emeritus, Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton
RESULTS — Columbus Group
Rev. Richard L. Righter, Pastor Emeritus, Congregation for Reconciliation
Rural Action
Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio)
Social Justice Committee, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
South Park United Methodist Church, Dayton
Rev. Dr. Leslie E. Stansbery, President, Interfaith Association of Central Ohio
Stop Targeting Ohio’s Poor
The Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland
The National Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC)
The Peace With Justice Project
Toledo Area Jobs with Justice Coalition
Toni K. Mcbroom, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - Ohio State Council of Machinists - Trustee of Local Lodge 956; union delegate to Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
Tri-County Independent Living Center
Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN Ohio)
Wake Up Ohio
Rev. Maurine C. Waun, Minister, Ohio Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church Social Action Committee
Women for Racial and Economic Equality
Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice
Workmen’s Circle Educational Center

Action Septic Service
Advanced Rehab
Bullock's Framing Ltd.
Cleveland Food Co-Op
Dexter City Auction Gallery
Hock's Vandalia Pharmacy
Hood and Hoover Jewelry
Madison Graphics
Mark's Woodworks
McCutcheon Information Services
McFarland's Barbershop
Mosyjowski & Associates Engineers
Nightsweats & T-Cells Co.
Skyview Auction House
The Honey Barn
Touch of Elegance
Turkish Cuisine

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31100 Cedar Road
Pepper Pike, OH 44124-4433

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Origins and Development of SPAN Ohio

When the Clinton health care plan collapsed in 1994, many people active in the movement to reform the system concluded that national health care was way off in the remote future and that the emphasis should be on attempting to win "small victories" and incremental reforms.


Actually, the Clinton plan never called for true universal health care. It specifically rejected eliminating the private health care insurance companies from the system. It was basically a plan for managed care or, more accurately, managed costs.

A broad coalition of forces actively fighting for a single-payer system in the early 1990s disappeared after the 1994 debacle. By the year 2000, increasing numbers of people had come to understand that an incremental approach could not solve the country's health care crisis and that only a fundamental reform of the system would. Indeed, when Clinton left office, there were eight million more people without health care insurance than on the day he was inaugurated. The single-payer movement began to experience a revival.

In February, 2001, six people met at a union office in Cleveland and constituted themselves the Single-Payer Universal Health Care Organizing Committee (SPUHCOC). Their goal was to educate the public about the advantages of a single-payer plan and to build a movement at the grass roots calling upon the Ohio General Assembly to establish such a system.

The founding group was diverse in composition and included unionists, a physician, community activists and retirees. SPUHCOC decided as its initial function to organize a public meeting to be addressed by Claudia Fegan, a Chicago physician who was a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and co-author of Universal Health Care: What the United States Can Learn From the Canadian Experience. The meeting was held April 10 and drew an audience of 130 at Case Western Reserve University.

In subsequent months, SPUHCOC concentrated on drafting a model single-payer resolution and getting political bodies, other health care groups, health care providers, unions, community organizations and faith groups to endorse it. In relatively short order, the Cleveland City Council approved the model resolution with only minor modifications and other cities and town councils followed suit. Many physicians, nurses, local unions, and a variety of others endorsed a statement which simply said, "We endorse the campaign to get the Ohio General Assembly to act without delay to pass publicly funded universal health care guaranteeing coverage for all Ohioans." This statement was unanimously approved by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners, three members of Congress — Sherrod Brown, Dennis Kucinich and Stephanie Tubbs-Jones — and a number of state legislators.

In November, 2001, at the insistence of growing numbers of activists, SPUHCOC changed its name to Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio). Meanwhile, single-payer groups in Toledo and Cincinnati had begun to form and they affiliated with SPAN.

In early 2002, thousands of steelworker retirees from LTV in the Greater Cleveland area lost health care benefits they thought had been guaranteed for life. They were among 600,000 steel retirees confronted with the same drastic loss. The anguish of this situation and the constantly growing numbers of the uninsured from all walks of life created further disillusionment with the market-driven, for-profit system and much greater openness to the single-payer alternative.

By mid-2002, SPAN had become the established organizing center for the single-payer movement in Ohio. By then, SPAN had established a web site at, which to date has received over 10,000 hits.

It became clear that SPAN needed to branch out and become a genuine statewide coalition. In the summer of 2002, SPAN activists began discussing the possibility of organizing a statewide conference which could be the springboard for forming an Ohio coalition that could mount an effective campaign for single-payer. In September, 2002, the Ohio AFL-CIO, representing 850,000 workers and meeting in convention in Cleveland, voted unanimously to endorse SPAN's campaign for a single-payer health care system in Ohio. The UAW, on a statewide basis, had also endorsed. These developments helped propel momentum for the state conference, which was held in Columbus on January 18, 2003.

This conference was a great success with keynote speeches by Dr. Claudia Fegan and Dan Martin, representing Steelworkers District 1, a panel discussion and workshops for constituency groups. The upshot of the conference was a call for a March 1 meeting to formally launch a statewide single-payer coalition.

The March 1 meeting brought together organizations representing a million Ohioans and a number of dedicated individuals. It was agreed that "Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio)" would be the name of the coalition formed at the meeting. An Interim Steering Committee of 29 was elected, pending the adoption of bylaws.

While SPAN continued to gather endorsements for its campaign, the March 1 meeting exhibited increasing interest in the idea of an initiative petition ballot campaign to put the single-payer issue on the ballot. Bob Smiddie, of Pomeroy, had long been urging an initiative and, now that SPAN Ohio had the affiliation of major forces, the idea seemed eminently reasonable, despite Ohio's highly restrictive constitutional provisions on initiatives.

In the months following that meeting, SPAN fleshed out its structure, approved bylaws, changed the name of its governing body to State Council (retaining as members on that body those previously elected to the Interim Steering Committee while adding others), convened periodic meetings of the State Council and moved forward in the drafting of the initiative petition. After months of meetings, discussions and plain hard work, a petition upon which all could agree was finalized and approved by a statewide meeting of SPAN supporters. The petition summary and 201 signatures were filed with the Attorney General's office on July 14, 2004. (The state requires that 100 or more qualified electors sign to begin the process of proposing a law to the Legislature.) On August 5, 2004, the Attorney General certified the petition, and by August 20, five thousand copies, each accommodating 65 signatures, had been printed for distribution. Within five days, nearly 2500 had been picked up by chapters, unions, and individual supporters, all volunteering to help SPAN reach its goal of 140,000 signatures.

SPAN State Council meetings are often characterized by robust debate, reflecting the internal democracy and diversity of views within the coalition. Throughout, it has maintained unity and continues to attract more and more organizations and individuals fed up with the current system and wanting a new one guaranteeing quality and comprehensive health care coverage for all Ohioans. The formation of a Columbus Chapter of SPAN on July 26, 2003 and a Southeast Ohio Chapter on July 24, 2004 were important steps forward. The goal of establishing additional chapters around the state remains a key SPAN priority.

If you are interested in organizing a SPAN chapter in your area, please call 216-736-4766 or email Also take a look at "Forming Chapters of the Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio)" which is also posted on this website.

SPAN Ohio Bylaws

Article 1: Name

The name of the coalition shall be Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio), hereafter referred to as SPAN Ohio.

Article 2: Purpose

SPAN Ohio is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations in Ohio that seeks fundamental health care reform in our state and country so that every resident is guaranteed full and comprehensive coverage for illness or injury, including work-related illness or injury. Under the plan we advocate, all medically necessary services are covered, including primary care and prevention, inpatient care, outpatient care, emergency care, prescriptions, durable medical equipment, long term care, home care, mental health services, the full scope of dental services (other than cosmetic dentistry), substance abuse treatment services, chiropractic services, and basic vision care and vision correction (other than laser vision correction for cosmetic purposes). We advocate the establishment of a public fund that would pay all health care bills without co-payments or deductibles. The plan we call for is sometimes referred to as a single-payer health care system.

Article 3: Membership

Effective June 1, 2016 and forward, SPAN Ohio shall become a membership organization where membership is defined as timely payment of applicable dues, based on a rolling 12 (twelve) month membership period (from the date of membership initiation or renewal through the end of the same month of the following year) with the following categories of membership – Individual (Regular/Senior/Student) and Organization. Active membership (membership in good standing) entitles a person or an organization representative to vote in SPAN Ohio State Council elections, to nominate and hold SPAN Ohio State Council office and to receive any other benefits offered to members.

Article 4: Structure

a. State Council: The State Council shall meet at least quarterly and shall guide the work of the coalition. The State Council shall be composed of the following: (1) the SPAN Ohio Executive Committee; (2) seven regional coordinators; (3) representatives from each of the following constituencies: labor, health care community, community organizations, faith groups, business community, and other organizations and individuals not fitting into the preceding five constituencies. An equal number of seats shall be set aside for each constituency and in the event a constituency does not fill its allotted number, seats shall remain open for that constituency until that number is filled by vote of State Council members who represent that constituency. Members of the State Council elected to serve on the Council in more than one capacity (for example, as regional coordinator and constituency representative) shall have only one vote. Members of the State Council shall be elected for a one-year term at the annual meeting of single-payer supporters referred to in Article 5, at which time the seven regions shall caucus for the purpose of electing regional coordinators, after which the constituencies shall caucus for the purpose of electing their representatives, with no more than one representative coming from any one organization. The State Council shall be empowered to establish additional constituencies, if necessary, preserving parity among all constituencies. Members of the State Council may be represented by alternates of their choosing, who are members of SPAN Ohio, at State Council meetings and such alternates shall be accorded full voice and vote. State Council meetings shall be open to all supporters of SPAN.

b. Quorum: A quorum of 34% of State Council members shall be required to conduct business, and decisions shall be by simple majority of those present and voting. In the absence of a quorum, any decisions made must be ratified by the State Council either by e-mail or at the next State Council meeting.

c. Executive Committee: At the annual General Meeting referred to in Article 5, the State Council shall elect an Executive Committee which shall be composed of the SPAN Ohio State Director, SPAN Ohio Secretary, the SPAN Ohio Treasurer, and five at-large members, four of whom shall be elected and, by virtue of their election, be members of the SPAN Ohio State Council.  The fifth at-large member shall be appointed as set forth in Article 4(h). The Executive Committee shall serve as the governing authority between State Council meetings. The business of the Executive Committee shall be conducted by simple majority of those present and voting, where a majority of the Executive Committee will constitute a quorum. In addition, the Executive Committee shall be responsible for monitoring and supervising the work of any consultants or professionals employed by the State Council. A member of the Executive Committee shall chair any meeting of the State Council in the absence of the State Director.

d. State Director: The State Director shall be elected by the State Council and shall chair all meetings of the State Council. The State Director shall work with SPAN Ohio supporters and Constituency groups to develop and expand education and worksite programs, work with the State Council and the Constituency groups to develop strategies for outreach and growth, work with the State Council to develop and implement legislative strategies and/or initiatives geared to promote the single payer solution and health care for all Ohioans, work with the State Council to develop and implement a fund raising strategy, work with other key coalition partners in Ohio (and nationally) promoting single payer legislation and function as the key media spokesperson for the organization. Commensurate with these responsibilities, the State Council may approve reasonable financial compensation (including expenses) to the State Director which could be adjusted relative to achievement of fund raising targets.

 e. Secretary: The Secretary shall be elected by the State Council. The Secretary shall maintain records, take minutes of State Council meetings, conduct correspondence, and keep the State Council informed of SPAN Ohio activities and developments in coordination with the Executive Committee.

f. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be elected by the State Council. The Treasurer shall receive all contributions, pay all expenses, maintain records of all financial activity, and give financial reports to State Council meetings. Payment of ordinary administrative expenses shall not require prior approval by the State Council, but payment shall not be issued to anyone absent written documentation supporting the expenditure, such as an invoice or paid receipt bearing the date of the purchase, a description of the item or service purchased, and the reason for the purchase.

g. Regional Coordinators: One Coordinator for each of the seven geographical regions corresponding to the seven Ohio Department of Health regions shall be elected at a caucus of the attendees from each respective geographical region at the annual General Meeting. The Regional Coordinators are responsible for the recruitment of SPAN Ohio supporters, maintenance of supporters lists and development of contacts among the various constituency groups within each respective region of the state. In addition, the Regional Coordinators are to work in coordination with the SPAN Ohio State Director in the development and implementation of education, outreach, petitioning and legislative action programs in their respective regions. Also, the Regional Coordinators are expected to regularly submit reports of their activities at State Council meetings.

h. Membership Committee: A Membership Committee shall be composed of three (3) members appointed by the Executive Committee for one (1) year terms and the Chairperson of the Membership Committee shall be an at-large member of the Executive Committee. The Membership Committee, in cooperation with the Treasurer, shall be responsible for recruiting new members, developing membership materials and notifying members when their dues are up for renewal.

i. Audit Committee: An Audit Committee of three members in good standing shall be appointed by the Executive Committee, excluding Executive Committee members. The Audit Committee members shall audit the Treasurer’s books and records at year’s end and report their findings to the State Council at its first meeting of the year. However, nothing shall preclude the Audit Committee from conducting more frequent audits should it deem it prudent to do so.

j. Special Committees: The State Council or the Executive Committee may establish special committees as needed.

k. Removal from Office: Any person elected or appointed to serve in any position within SPAN may be removed from office for misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance in office. No representative may willfully misrepresent the mission and policies of SPAN, or use the SPAN Ohio name/logo to promote other activities not approved by SPAN. "Willfully" means that the person has received written notice of the violation and continues the unapproved activities or has refused to desist. The issue will be presented at the next scheduled meeting of State Council and submitted for a vote in case of elected positions. A 2/3 majority vote is required for dismissal.

l. Termination of Membership: The membership of a member shall terminate upon the occurrence of any of the following events:
1. Upon the member’s notice to the Secretary that he or she wishes to terminate membership.
2. Upon the member’s failure to renew his or her membership by paying dues on or before their due date.
3. Upon a determination by the State Council, after providing the member with reasonable written notice and an opportunity to be heard either orally or in writing, that the member has engaged in conduct materially and seriously prejudicial to the interests or purposes of SPAN Ohio.
All rights of a member in SPAN Ohio shall cease on termination of membership as herein provided.

Article 5: General Meetings:

SPAN Ohio shall convene an annual meeting in Columbus in the month of April or May, open to all Ohio supporters of a single-payer health care system, and in addition the State Council shall be authorized to call special general meetings when in its judgment they are warranted. The purpose of General Meetings shall be to provide Ohio single-payer supporters with an update on SPAN Ohio’s activities, programs, and campaigns, and to encourage their input, suggestions and evaluations with respect to SPAN Ohio’s work. The annual General Meeting shall also serve as the occasion for convening caucuses of the seven regions for the purpose of electing regional coordinators, and caucuses of the respective constituencies for the purpose of electing members from each constituency to the State Council, as described in Article 4(a). An agenda will be made available two weeks in advance of the General Meeting.

Recommendations for agenda items for General Meetings should be made to the Executive Committee within two (2) weeks of the General Meeting. Voting rules at the General Meetings will be governed by Article 4(a) above.

Article 6: Vacancies in Elective Positions

In the event of a vacancy in any elective position the SPAN Ohio Executive Committee may designate a temporary replacement who shall serve until the next SPAN Ohio Annual Conference, at which time a replacement can be elected.

Article 7: Amendments to the Bylaws

These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the State Council. Notice of proposed changes to the bylaws must be mailed to State Council members at least two weeks in advance of the State Council meeting at which the amendments are to be voted upon.

Bylaws as adopted 6/21/03 and amended 8/16/03, 10/11/03, 12/4/04, 7/9/05, 6/2/07, 12/15/07, 8/22/09, 7/9/11, 2/8/14, 2/6/16 and 4/6/16.


SPAN Ohio Resolution



WHEREAS every person who lives or works in Ohio is entitled to quality health care as a fundamental human right; and


WHEREAS there is an escalating crisis in access to health care in the State of Ohio as massive layoffs and plant shutdowns cause alarmingly high numbers of workers and retirees to lose health care benefits; and


WHEREAS existing for-profit insurance plans often fail to deliver adequate, timely coverage to the insured and fail to provide any coverage at all to more and more Ohioans; and


WHEREAS inefficiency and unnecessary overhead and profits inherent in the existing failed system divert hundreds of millions of dollars from the taxpayers of Ohio, from Ohio businesses attempting to provide employees with health benefits, and from state and local government entities and taxpayers, and impede the efforts of health care providers to deliver quality health care to their patients; and


WHEREAS individual Ohioans and Ohio businesses continue to be subjected to large, unchecked increases in insurance premiums, prescription drug prices and other medical costs, imposing hardships on millions of individual Ohioans and driving many businesses and individuals to eliminate or curtail desperately needed coverage and benefits; and


WHEREAS a comprehensive, publicly-funded not-for-profit program will provide higher quality care for all Ohioans at much lower cost (as is the case in all of the nine largest industrialized countries except for the United States, according to the World Health Organization); now, therefore, be it




1.  That the Ohio General Assembly enact without delay the Health Care For All Ohioans Act (HCFAOA), which is HB 186 and SB 168, and which provides comprehensive lifetime coverage for all Ohioans;


2.  That pursuant to the HCFAOA, every person covered by it would have the same uniform schedule of benefits, including inpatient and outpatient hospital care, preventive care, doctors' visits, prescription drugs, vision, hearing, mental health, dental, home care, emergency care, medical devices, and all other necessary medical services determined by any state licensed medical provider;


3.  That pursuant to the HCFAOA, an independent elected agency of State government be created to implement and administer the HCFAOA;


4.  That pursuant to the HCFAOA, any person displaced from employment as a result of implementation of the Act shall be eligible to receive up to $60,000 for two years for subsistence and training, with the understanding that many of such displaced persons will find alternative employment administering the HCFAOA;


5.  That pursuant to the HCFAOA, funding will be provided by the mechanisms specified by the Act, with the understanding that any claimed inequities will be subject to change by the Ohio General Assembly.



Sponsored by the Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio).  For copies write us at 3227 West 25 Street, Cleveland, OH 44109 or call 216-736-4766. Please send endorsements of this resolution to the above address or email


America's Agenda: Health Care for All

GOOD NEWS! Labor, business and medical leaders have launchedAmerica's Agenda: Health Care for All. Their stated goal  is to "break the insurance lobby choke-hold on health care." See full text of announcement.


If you're not yet convinced that something needs to be done about access to health care in the USA, click here to read Barbara Ehrenreich's commentary: A Society That Throws the Sick Away.


A lengthy but enlightening article by Morton Mintz appeared recently in The Nation magazine. It is well worth your time to read: Single-Payer: Good for Business.


"We need to view health care in terms of a social movement, like we looked at slavery. We need to come to that realization about health care ... We have to fix it."— Michael Connelly, president and CEO of Catholic Healthcare Partners. Click to see full Article, "45 Million and Growing," published in the May 6, 2005 Catholic Universe Bulletin.

Ohio Single-Payer Supporters Elect State Council

The following individuals were elected by their respective constituencies to serve on the SPAN State Council for a one-year term ending in April, 2006:


Michael Anderson — Boilermakers Local 900
Tim Burga — Ohio AFL-CIO
Bernie Burkett — Transport Workers Union
Chris Farrand — Graphic Communications Union (GCU) Local 546M
Linda Hinton — Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 4
Harold Mitchell — AFSCME Ohio Council 8
Dave Pavlick — United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 2B
Bob Park — American Federation of Government Employees
Dallas Sells — UNITEHERE, Ohio District Council


Health Care Community
Joseph Daprano, M.D.
Alice Faryna, M.D.
Martha Grodrian, R.D., L.D., C.D.E.
Kristopher Keller, DC, DABCO
David Lewis, Medical Student
Hassan Mehbod, M.D.
Johnathon Ross, M.D.
Donald L. Rucknagel, M.D.
Orhan Sancaktar, Medical Student
Michael Seidman, M.D.


Community Organizations
David Berenson — Joining Forces
Kathleen Geathers — Women for Racial and Economic Equality
Karen Hansen — Ohio Conference on Fair Trade
Suzette Henderson — Ohio NOW (National Organization for Women)
Vicky Knight — Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice
Mickie Maccabee — Rural Action
Nathan Ruggles — Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee
Heather West — Deaf and Deaf-Blind Committee on Human Rights


Faith Groups
Barbara Baylor, Minister for Health and Wellness, United Church of Christ
Pam Cobb, M.D., Social Justice Committee, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
Rev. Bryan Gillooly, Assistant to Bishop for Peace and Justice Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of Ohio
Rev. Leslie E. Stansbery, President, Interfaith Association of Central Ohio


Business Community
Tony Bourne — Manager, Workforce Development - Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Mark Gaskill — Consultant to Business
Tim Kettler — Action Septic
Logan Martinez — Painter
Bob Smiddie — Potter


Other Organizations / Individuals
Tim Bruce — Green Party
Martha Grodrian — Dayton Area Organizer
Robert F. Hagan — State Senator
Sevim McCutcheon — Noble County Organizer
Dale Miller — State Representative
Carolyn Park — Ohio State Labor Party
Michael Skindell — State Representative
Nick Teti — Zanesville/Coshocton Area Organizer


Chapter Representatives
Cincinnati — Bob Park
Cleveland — Bob Parker
Columbus — Mary Lou Shaw, M.D.
Cuyahoga-West — Ron McCutcheon
Greater Miami Valley — Darlene Mehbod
Mahoning Valley — Leonard Grbinick
Southeast Ohio — Warren Haydon
Toledo — Bob Masters
Tri-County — Herman Oden


Regional Coordinators
Region 1 — Dave Pavlick
Region 2 — Bob Masters
Region 3 — Arlene Sheak
Region 4 — Don Rucknagel (Acting)
Region 5 — Alice Faryna
Region 6 — Leonard Grbinick (Acting)
Region 7 — Sheilah Conard


Jerry Gordon — SPAN Ohio Secretary
Barbara Walden — SPAN Ohio Treasurer



Bullet Points for Legislators

  • Single Payer saves money.  For the past 20 years, states have commissioned studies on different types of health care systems.   In EVERY case, single payer was shown to be the only way to cover everyone and the only system that saved money and controlled costs.

  • Publicly financed does not mean government run health care.  YOU have publicly finance health coverage, but the government does not make decisions regarding your health care.

  • Cost conscious patients often don't get the care they need.   Most decisions are made by the doctor in concert with the patient, but the patient relies on the doctor's knowledge to make a decision.  Expensive tests and treatments cannot be ordered by the patient, only the doctor.

  • Lifestyle choices are not what is fueling high costs in health care.   The United States ranks low in general health indicators, but high in good health habits.  We smoke less, drink less and consume less animal fat that many other countries with better health indicators and much lower health care costs.

  • Businesses can accurately determine their health care costs and are not subject to unanticipated large premium increases.

  • It will reduce labor costs due to a more efficient way of financing health care, eliminating much wasteful administration.

  • Workers' Compensation costs will be reduced, likely by half, due to the fact that everyone has health coverage and there is no need for the medical portion.

  • It reduces the need for part time employees and provides easier recruiting.  There are no pre-existing conditions or Cobra issues.

  • Eliminates the oversight of health benefits and bargaining health coverage with employees.

  • It creates healthier personnel and more stable employees, reduces absenteeism and eliminates employer health coverage complaints.

  • It reduces employee health related debt and personal bankruptcies.

  • It frees up family income that can be spent on other goods and services, thus stimulating the economy.

Tips for Writing Letters to Editor

Follow guidelines for your local paper (word count, submission instructions, etc.)

Frame your letter in relation to a recent news item Use state specific data whenever possible (let us know if you need help finding some!)

Address counter arguments

Be aware of your audience and emphasize how Medicare for All is good for ALL residents of the state

Criticize other positions, not people Include your credentials (especially if you work in the healthcare field)

Avoid jargon and abbreviations

Don’t overload on statistics and minor details

Cover only one or two points in a single letter

Avoid rambling and vagueness


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