Join with Medical Students on Thur. Oct. 1, National Day of Action for Medicare for All

Medical students at University of Louisville to participate in National Day of Action

Citing the persistence of thousands of preventable deaths each year due to lack of health insurance, students at more than 25 medical schools will hold teach-ins, rallies and candlelight vigils on Oct. 1 (#TenOne) to bring national attention to ‘our failing health care system’ and the need for single-payer health reform.

The public is encouraged to participate.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Louisville, meet at:

5:30 pm at the University of Louisville Medical School Courtyard, 500 S. Preston

6:00 pm March to Jefferson Square Park, 6th and Jefferson for speakers, patient stories and a candlelight vigil

Details of the event can be found at:

Get flyer here:  TENONEfinalpdf



L to R UofL Medical Students Andy Crone, Ben Neltner, Brandi Jones, and Michael Gasser on 9/8/15 at a campus Single Payer Program they organized.  Over 40 students attended.


Get flyer here:  TENONEfinalpdf






Carol Paris, MD, of Nashville Spoke on Single Payer to UofL Medical Students

On Tuesday, September, 8, 2015, Dr. Carol Paris of Nashville addressed a noon gathering of University of Louisville Medical Students sharing her experience of practicing in New Zealand.  She utilized her first hand knowledge of that system to explain single payer health care and how it works.

To the students’ delight, Dr. Paris included the story of her arrest in a U. S. Senate Finance Committee Hearing where she and others stood to protest the exclusion of single payer from the discussion of health care reform in the lead up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

The meeting was organized by the newly formed U of L Chapter of Students for a National Health Program, SNaHP.

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, SNaHP chapters at medical schools across the country will hold teach-ins, rallies, and an evening candlelight vigil to bring national attention to our failing health care system.

The U of L Chapter which has achieved formal recognition as an official campus organization will participate in the October 1 day of action to demand a more just system through the institution of a single-payer, universal, “Medicare-for-All” system.

Pictured L to R are medical students Andy Crone and Brandi Jones, Dr. Carol Paris, and medical student Ben Neltner.



Single Payer Health Care was Celebrated at Labor Day at the Zoo

Union support for single payer health care is growing!  More people know what it is and express strong agreement.

Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care staffed a booth at the Louisville 2015 Labor Day Celebration at the Zoo.  Hundreds signed petitions for HR 676, national single payer health care, and took information for their local unions.

Rick Stevens, a member of  Teamsters’ Union Local 89, who works at Jeff Boat, is pictured at the booth.


Free public showing of The Healthcare Movie

The Healthcare Movie

Monday, October 5, 2015

7:00 PM

St. Matthews Library

3940 Grandview Avenue Louisville, Kentucky 40207 | (502) 574-1771

Banner for 'The Healthcare Movie'

Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, this documentary interviews Canadians and Americans about health care in their countries and examines Canada’s single payer system from the point of view of the patients who use it.

Followed by discussion and Q&A

Additional showings of “The Healthcare Movie”

Thur., Nov. 12, 2015, 7pm, Shawnee Library
Thur., Dec. 10, 2015, 7pm, Southwest Library
Thur., Jan. 14, 2016, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Western Library

Single Payer in the NAMI Walk

DSCN3411On Saturday, August 15, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care walked with over 1,000 others to demand an end to the stigma against mental illness and to urge full care and equality in health care for both mental and physical illness.

Walkers responded enthusiastically to the single payer message and some assisted in the distribution of leaflets.   Harriette Seiler is pictured with the hot pink flyers which said:

Forward to single payer health care

Insurance coverage for mental and physical illness remains unequal despite promises that health reform would level the playing field.  While health care reform helped some, many still find essential drugs and needed care too costly or denied by insurers.

Last year 300 patient advocacy groups protested to Health & Human Services that those with chronic mental and physical illnesses still face barriers to care.

The way forward.    A bill in Congress, HR 676, Expanded & Improved Medicare for All, will provide care for everyone under a single payer, publicly funded system.  All medically necessary care including dental & drugs will be covered–and you choose your doctor.

No co-pays, no deductibles, no limited networks.

No worry about medical bills!  Monies now going to corporate profits will be available for care.

We invite you to learn more.  Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays each month, 5:30 pm, Board Rm, Mezzanine, Louisville Free Public Library, 301 W. York.

 KSPH offers free presentations on single payer.  Further info:  (502) 636-1551

Medicare 50th Celebration in Louisville and across the country

Medicare–Protect It, Improve It, Expand It!  PIE!

On July 30, 2015, Medicare’s 50th anniversary, a broad Louisville audience packed the Centennial Room at the  library to hear Johnathon Ross MD explain the history of Medicare in the United States and project a future of an expanded and improved Medicare for All.  Dr. Ross, past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, teaches and practices internal medicine in Toledo, Ohio.


Jill Medicare 50

Jill Harmer and her group opened the event with song and laughter.


Garrett Adams MD, retired Louisville pediatrician and a leader of the national and Kentucky single payer movements, introduced Dr. Ross.

(Dr. Adams’ opinion piece “Celebrate Medicare’s 50th Birthday by Expanding It To All” was published on Common Dreams, and he was interviewed by Pacifica Radio.)


Ross Medicare 50

Dr. Ross combined history with humor as he informed.  We still lose 30,000 lives each year, unnecessarily, because we, as a nation, have not yet  instituted a universal health care system, he said.

(Dr. Ross appeared on the Ohio radio show America’s Work Force  it starts at about 14:30 and ends at 38:30.   His Op Ed appeared in the Toledo Blade.)

Antonio Wilson closed out the evening with a call for everyone to contact their congressperson urging support for HR 676.  Upon adjournment, the group shared the apple pies prepared by Harriette Seiler.


In the lead up to this 50th anniversary, two additional representatives signed on to HR 676, Congressman John Conyers’ Expanded and Improved Medicare for All legislation, Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan and Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay of Missouri, bringing the total to 51.
Rep. Conyers chaired the festivities in Washington, DC, which can be viewed here.

Berry Craig of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1360 who lives and writes in Mayfield, Kentucky, published a Medicare celebration article on the Kentucky AFL-CIO website.  It is here.


While in Louisville, Dr. Ross met with University of Louisville medical students who are working to organize a student chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.  L to R:  Second year medical students Michael Gasser and Brandi Jones, Johnathon Ross, Garrett Adams, and Tom Moffett.




Celebrate Medicare’s 50th Birthday, Thursday, July 30, 2015

6:30 PM

Centennial Room
Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York St.


with guest speaker

Johnathon Ross, M.D., MPH

Full bio is here.

Louisville, Ky. — To celebrate Medicare’s 50th birthday, Dr. Johnathon Ross will give a free, public talk on the history of Medicare and why we must Protect It, Improve It, and Expand It. The event will take place Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 6:30-8 PM in the Centennial Room of the Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York St.

Building on the Protect It, Improve It, Expand It (PIE) theme, free pie will be served to attendees. The event is sponsored by Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare, a coalition of individuals and organizations working to pass universal, single payer health insurance as embodied in HR 676, the Medicare for All legislation, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers.

Dr. Johnathon Ross is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a national health reform group of nearly 20,000 physicians and health professionals who advocate for reform. A graduate of Cornell University and the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, he also holds a master’s degree in health policy and administration from the School of Public Health of the University of Michigan. Currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Toledo, he practices and teaches general internal medicine at St Vincent Mercy Medical Center. His experience inside the health insurance industry convinced him of the logic and need for a national health insurance program. Dr. Ross has previously presented grand rounds on single payer health care at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky.

Dr. Ross is available for interviews. To schedule, please contact Kay Tillow at

Download flyer:   MEDICARE_flyer_final


One Louisvillian’s Hard Road to Health Insurance

Take Care, Mr. Elson

New York Times Documentaries presents the story of one man’s hard path to health insurance in the age of the Affordable Care Act.

By Emma Cott, John Woo and Abby Goodnough on Publish Date June 14, 2015.

David Elson of Louisville continued to work at installing alarms while he tried to cope with his diabetes, kidney problems, and congestive heart failure.  The New York Times documents his struggle to pay for medications that cost $550 a month.
When the ACA exchange (KYnect) was implemented he found a plan that cost $353 a month with a $2,700 deductible.   He earned too much to be eligible for Medicaid.  When he was unable to afford the ACA plan on his $22,000 a year unsteady income, he was forced to wait until his kidneys failed completely which made him eligible for Medicare for those on dialysis.

Watch the 35 minute video and then join the fight for single payer, HR 676.