Dr. Margaret Flowers in Kentucky: Educating on health policy, inspiring activism to win single payer

On October 4 and 5, 2018, nationally-known single payer activist, Margaret Flowers, MD, spoke at a whirlwind of events in Kentucky, educating physicians and medical students and inspiring activists.  Dr. Flowers, a Baltimore pediatrician, now works full time advocating for a National Improved Medicare for All system as set forth in HR 676, the bill in the House of Representatives that currently has 123 cosponsors.

On Thursday morning, Dr. Flowers presented grand rounds to 150 physicians and medical students at the University of Louisville Department of Medicine.  Her topic was “Health Care:  A Business or a Public Good?”

Margaret Flowers, MD, at the University of Louisville Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
Margaret Flowers, MD, at the University of Louisville Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
Charlie Casper, Dr. Barbara Casper, and Dr. Garrett Adams at the Grand Rounds.
Charlie Casper, Dr. Barbara Casper, and Dr. Garrett Adams at the Grand Rounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the audience at the University of Louisville Department of Medicine Grand Rounds.
Part of the audience at the University of Louisville Department of Medicine Grand Rounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday evening Dr. Flowers addressed a packed ballroom at the Hotel Louisville.  Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care and Physicians for a National Health Program- KY sponsored the event.

Co-Sponsors are:  Central KY Council for Peace and Justice, Louisville Democratic Socialists of America, Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, Jefferson County Teachers Association, Kentucky AFL-CIO, Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Metro Disability Coalition, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, U of L Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, U of L Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP), St. William Church.

Doris Bailey Spencer and Sarah Parker worked to broadcast that event live on facebook and you can see it here.

Congressman John Yarmuth, a cosponsor of HR 676, speaking at the October 4 public event. Seated (l to r) are Dr. Carol Paris, President of Physicians for a National Health Program, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Kay Tillow, Chair, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care, and Dr. Garrett Adams, Founder of Physicians for a National Health Program-Kentucky. Not pictured is Ann Hagan-Grigsby, CEO of Park DuValle Community Health Center who also spoke.
Congressman John Yarmuth, a cosponsor of HR 676, speaking at the October 4 public event. Seated (l to r) are Dr. Carol Paris, President of Physicians for a National Health Program, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Kay Tillow, Chair, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care, and Dr. Garrett Adams, Founder of Physicians for a National Health Program-Kentucky. Not pictured is Ann Hagan-Grigsby, CEO of Park DuValle Community Health Center who also spoke.

On Friday morning Dr. Flowers presented Grand Rounds in the auditorium of Jewish Hospital for the University of Louisville Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics.

 

On Friday at noon Dr. Flowers spoke with U of L medical students at a discussion organized by the Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP).  Dr. Carol Paris of Nashville, PNHP President, joined Dr. Flowers in leading the discussion on the “Professional Imperative to Advocate.”

Medical students listening to Dr. Margaret Flowers. At the right is Sarah Parker, one of the leaders of SNaHP.
Medical students listening to Dr. Margaret Flowers. At the right is Sarah Parker, one of the leaders of SNaHP.

 

U of L Medical students who came out to hear Dr. Flowers.
U of L Medical students who came out to hear Dr. Flowers.
Brandi Jones, MD, the first president of U of L SNaHP who came back to attend this student event.
Brandi Jones, MD, the first president of U of L SNaHP who came back to attend this student event.
Medical student leaders of U of L SNaHP (l to r) Sarah Parker, Mallika Sabharwal, Michael Gasser.
Medical student leaders of U of L SNaHP (l to r) Sarah Parker, Mallika Sabharwal, Michael Gasser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drs. Carol Paris and Margaret Flowers speak with a medical student after the program.
Drs. Carol Paris and Margaret Flowers speak with a medical student after the program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Perlin speaking at the demonstration at Humana.
Christine Perlin speaking at the demonstration at Humana.
Some of those who were there at the Humana Headquarters.
Some of those who were there at the Humana Headquarters.
Dr. Edgar Lopez speaking.
Dr. Edgar Lopez speaking.
At the demonstration at Humana where flyers were distributed to the Humana workers.
At the demonstration at Humana where flyers were distributed to the Humana workers.
Standing up for Improved Medicare for All in front of the Humana Building in downtown Louisville.
Standing up for Improved Medicare for All in front of the Humana Building in downtown Louisville.
David Ross Stevens and Dr. Margaret Flowers.
David Ross Stevens and Dr. Margaret Flowers.
Dr Carol Paris, Dr. Garrett Adams, and Dr. Margaret Flowers at the Humana demonstration.
Dr Carol Paris, Dr. Garrett Adams, and Dr. Margaret Flowers at the Humana demonstration.
The flyer distributed to Humana workers.
The flyer distributed to Humana workers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday afternoon activists gathered at the Humana Headquarters at 5th and Main to deliver a message to Humana workers.  HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, not only covers everyone with medical care but also provides for a future for any displaced workers.  Workers will have first choice at jobs in the new system, opportunity for retraining, and two years of their salary up to $100,000 per year to transition into other work.

Christine Perlin chaired the demonstration which featured a dramatic presentation that she wrote and produced.  Thomas Noland, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, came out to see what was happening and to get a copy of the leaflet.  The demonstration can be seen on facebook here.

Dr. Margaret Flowers to Speak in Louisville

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Link to article by Margaret Flowers in FORsooth.

Download flyer for the Public Event Oct 4:  Flowers Public Flyer08_26_18(3) for FoRsooth

 

Stand Up for Improved Medicare for All, HR 676, & for Humana Workers, Fri. Oct. 5, 4 pm, 500 W. Main, Louisville

October 5 @ 4:00 pm5:00 pm

Join Dr. Carol Paris, President of Physicians for a National Health Program, and Dr. Margaret Flowers, nationally known single payer expert and advocate, in a demonstration for Improved Medicare for All, HR 676,and to let Humana workers know that HR 676 secures a future for them as well.

Dr. Carol Paris (L) and Dr. Margaret Flowers (R)

Dr. Carol Paris (L) and Dr. Margaret Flowers (R)

 

Drs. Flowers and Paris will speak, and we will distribute information to the public and to Humana employees.

Humana workers:  We’ve Got Your Back!  Improved Medicare for All, HR 676!

Further details.

 

“Fix It” Film Shown in Lexington, Followed by Lively Discussion

 

On Thursday, September 13, Kentuckians for Single Payer

Seated L to R are the members of the discussion panel: Bill Mahan, Senator Reggie Thomas, and Dr. Edgar Lopez. Max Perlin (not in the photo) was also on the panel. Christine Perlin who organized the event is seated at right.
Seated L to R are the members of the discussion panel: Bill Mahan, Senator Reggie Thomas, and Dr. Edgar Lopez. Max Perlin (not in the photo) was also on the panel. Christine Perlin who organized the event is seated at right.

Health Care presented a showing of “Fix It–Health Care at the Tipping Point,” a film that features the human and financial costs of our current health care system and explains how HR 676, national single payer health care legislation, would resolve the crisis.

KSPH will bring this program to your community anywhere in Kentucky.  Just email us at nursenpo@aol.com.

 

 

Those who attended were eager to participate in the discussion, to sign the petition for HR 676, and to project further activities in Lexington on this issue.
Those who attended were eager to participate in the discussion, to sign the petition for HR 676, and to project further activities in Lexington on this issue.

Fix It, Single Payer Movie, a Hit in Bowling Green

20180828_181123On Aug. 28 Charlie Casper, Dr. Barbara Casper, and Dr. Edgar Lopez traveled to Bowling Green to show the film “Fix It.” This 38 minute documentary explains our health care problem, its human and financial cost, and details the single payer solution in HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All. Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care will bring “Fix It” to your neck of the woods. Just let us know.  602 636 1551. nursenpo@aol.com

Single Payer Popular at Labor Day at the Zoo

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Mike Carrick, Dr. Edgar Lopez, Antonio Wilson, Larry Hovekamp, and Kay Tillow staffed the Single Payer Booth at the Zoo on Labor Day.  Many stopped to talk of health care problems and to sign the petition in support of HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.  Enthusiasm is growing for the single payer solution.

Thanks to the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council!

 

“Fix It” Movie & Panel Discussion, Lexington Library, 7 pm, Thur. Sep. 13, 2018

Fix It Lexington 2018 flyer-page-001

A film that looks at our nation’s health care crisis and proposes the solution, a national improved Medicare for All, single payer system that covers all of us while saving lives and money!

Open to the public.  Come and bring your friends!

More about the movie.

Flyer about the movie.

Further info:  Christine Perlin, christine.perlin at gmail.com

Single payer at the Park DuValle Community Health Center Fair

Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care is reaching out, talking to people, and building the movement!

On Saturday, Aug. 4, KSPH staffed a booth at the health fair at the Park DuValle CHC.

Peg Box reports that “there were a lot of tents and many people with families, and we were right next to the band which was good but LOUD.  We even got to watch a demonstration of line dancing.”

Of the people who stopped by our booth “many already were advocates of single payer and had a lot of good things to say and stories to share.”

Peg Box, Charlie Casper, and Dr. Barbara Casper at the Park DuValle Health Fair. Harriette Seiler and Dr. Edgar Lopez also helped. Photo by Edgar Lopez.
Peg Box, Charlie Casper, and Dr. Barbara Casper at the Park DuValle Health Fair. Harriette Seiler, Christine Perlin, and Dr. Edgar Lopez also helped. Photo: Edgar Lopez.

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“In spite of the heat and torrid sun on the asphalt, the crowds were good, and we had many signing the petition,” said Charlie Casper.  “Most were Medicaid recipients.  This event is good exposure for single payer, maybe for just name exposure if nothing else.”

For those who did not know about HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, this was their opportunity to learn.

The Park DuValle Community Health Center is federally funded and serves the community filling in the gaps to help those our broken health system abandons.

New Prospects for Single-Payer Activists: Swimming in the Mainstream . . . With Sharks

by Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H and David U. Himmelstein, M.D.

The answers to the attacks on single payer:

  • *Won’t single payer break the bank?
  • *Why not a public option?
  • *Why not the German, Swiss, or Dutch reform keeping private insurers?
  • *Why not incremental reforms; Won’t single payer be too disruptive?

http://www.pnhp.org/slideshow/2017AM/HealthPolicyUpdate001.pdf