KSPH in the St. Pat’s Parade, Sat. March 12

Rising Up Like the Irish for Single Payer Health Care

Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care marchers were greeted by thumbs up and applause from the crowds viewing the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  

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L to R:  Mark McKinley, Enid Redman, Larry Hovekamp, Rose Nett, Fred Nett, Harriette Seiler, Brandi Jones, Mallika Sabharwal, Rick Stevens.

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We carried the message from either view.

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We distributed 800 fliers on single payer, improved Medicare for All, HR 676.  The parade celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Irish Easter uprising.

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Medical students Mallika Sabharwal and Brandi Jones led the way.  Both of them are leaders in the University of Louisville chapter of Students for a National Health Program.

 

Over 100 attend “Fix It” movie and panel discussion

The February 22, 2016, event sponsored by Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care was a “huge” success.  The library’s Centennial Room was packed by an audience eager to know more about single payer health care.

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A panel of prominent community leaders shared their hopes and concerns for health care.  They are pictured L to R, State Representative Jim Wayne;  Medical Student Brandi Jones, President of UofL SNaHP;  Karine Barillas, M. Ed, Director of La Casita Community Center;  Barbara R. Casper, MD, FACP, UofL Professor of Medicine.

The audience then joined in a lively discussion on single payer health care.  KSPH will show the film for interested groups.  Call Kay at 502 636 1551.

“Fix It–Healthcare at the Tipping Point”

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Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care invites you to join us to view the documentary film, “Fix It.”
The film by Vincent Mondillo and Richard Master examines the economics of the US healthcare system from the perspective of  business owners and makes a compelling case for scrapping our complex and  expensive multi-payer system for a single-payer, improved Medicare for  All.  Legislation that would enact such a solution, HR 676, has been introduced into Congress by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan.  There are currently 60 cosponsors of HR 676 including Kentucky Congressman John  Yarmuth.
The filmmakers state:  “This documentary takes an  in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of  our citizens.”
The nonpartisan film includes interviews with some of the nation’s  leading health policy experts like Dr. Don Berwick, former administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Dr. Theodore Marmor, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at Yale University.
Richard Master, CEO, of MCS  Industries, Inc. in eastern Pennsylvania, notes that his company now has to pay  $1.5 million a year to provide health care for his company’s workers and  dependents but that 33 cents of every premium dollar has nothing to do with health care.  He states:  “We spend more on health care than any other country, and we have far less to show for it.  More than 17% of our  national GDP is now eaten up by health care costs, far more than any other country.”
The filmmakers interview Dann Konkin, president of a Canadian industrial screen printing company who decided against opening a facility in the U. S. after finding out how much he would have to pay to provide health insurance.
Master concludes, “It is time we realize we don’t have to tolerate a system–a $3 trillion system–in which one of three dollars is wasted.  A  system in which just a few sick employees can take down a company.  A  system that starves the rest of our economy to the point that we don’t have enough money for our schools and roads.  Please join me and many others in the fight for a simplified, single-payer health care system.”
More details on the website “Fix It” www.fixithealthcare.com.
KSPH is offering to schedule free showings of the film to audiences around the state.   Email: nursenpo@aol.com

See “Fix It” Tue. March 8, 2016, in Morehead, KY

A 38 minute Video
The CHER Building, Morehead, KY
March 8, 2016, 6PM
Join us for the video and a follow up question and answer session. Got questions, we got answers or know who does.
This program is sponsored and made possible by Sustainable Morehead,  Morehead Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Shepherds Printing, and Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care.
Ewell Scott, MD, Morehead, KY

Single Payer Documentary “Fix It” Screened at KY House Health & Welfare Committee

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Tom Burch showed the single payer documentary film, “Fix It, Healthcare  at the Tipping Point” at the regular meeting of the committee.  The audience applauded at the close of the 38 minute film.

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L to R:  Charlie Casper, Kay Tillow, Tom Moffett, Lane Adams, Garrett Adams, Harriette Seiler who attended the showing of the film in Frankfort.
Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care is offering to schedule free showings of the film to audiences around the state.
The website for “Fix It” is www.fixithealthcare.com.
Kay Tillow, Chair
Kentuckians for Single  Payer Health Care
(502) 636  1551
Louisville, KY
nursenpo@aol.com

KSPH Rallies in the Rotunda

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On January 5, 2016, in the Rotunda in the Capitol in Frankfort, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care joined with organizations across the state to press for voting rights, workers’ rights, fairness, economic and racial justice, and healthcare. The rally was organized by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.   L to R Jill Harmer, Kay Tillow, Harriette Seiler.

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Harriette Seiler was on the WAVE 3 evening news saying that even small co-pays can keep a parent from taking a sick child to the doctor.

You can watch her here.  The interview begins shortly after 2:10.

Kentucky’s new Governor Matt Bevin has threatened to make Kentucky’s Medicaid more like Indiana’s–meaning that there will be more financial barriers to care if that happens.

HR 676, national single payer health care, has no deductibles, no co-pays, no coinsurance.  It will end rationing by ability to pay!

Single Payer Crossing the Bridge

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On Sat. Dec. 5, 2015, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care celebrated the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge across the Ohio River by sharing information on single payer health care.  The flyers offer free presentations and invite the public to our meetings.  Harriette Seiler with the hot pink flyer.

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Our new bridge between Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana.  The is not the first time that KSPH has marched across the Ohio.  Many years ago we walked across the Clark Memorial Bridge on Second Street when we were kicking off the fight to place single payer into health care reform.   Later when the Mad as Hell Doctors visited us during their cross country journey, KSPH marched across the Second Street Bridge again.  Thanks to the imagination of David Ross Stevens, that time we stepped off to the sound of the Churchhill Downs bugler playing “Call to the Post.”

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KSPH keeps working to get the nation to the other side of universal health care where everyone enjoys all necessary care and profits are forbidden.  Single Payer.  HR 676.  Worth the long walk.  Join us to build the movement!

Harriette Seiler’s Letter in the Courier-Journal

Letter | Calls for single-payer health plan

 

In her Nov. 22 article, “Many on Medicaid in Kentucky Work for Low Pay,” Deborah Yetter once again makes the case for expanded Medicaid, reminding CJ readers and Gov.-elect Bevin that many of our hard-working neighbors will not be able to afford Indiana-style adjustments to Medicaid. Deductibles and co-pays will deter patients from getting needed care – for themselves, or for a child.

For Gov.-elect Bevin, private insurers, and many in the GOP, the solution to rising costs is “skin-in-the game,” a cruel concept that recalls Shakespeare’s “pound of flesh.” Obviously, the cost-cutters want patients to bear the pain – to absorb higher deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance for treatment and/or for medications. As is the case for many enrolled in private plans today, Medicaid patients will end up under-insured – with a policy they can’t afford to use.

Thinking that nothing else can be done to control costs, many well-meaning business people have bought into the “skin-in-the-game” fallacy. I suggest they (and Mr. Bevin) explore a solution that is not only more humane, but also makes sound economic sense.

Every entity in our health care system – our national economy, state and local governments, businesses, families, and individuals – would benefit by enacting a national, publicly-funded “single-payer” system. Other advanced democracies cover all their people, spend half what we do, and have better health outcomes. They do not waste money on profit-taking insurers who add no value to the enterprise.

For more information about single payer go to the web site of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP.org), or Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare (kyhealthcare.org). Read the bill that would solve our problems: HR 676 atcongress.gov.

Harriette Seiler
Louisville  40207