Free Showings of "The Healthcare Movie

Free public showing of The Healthcare Movie.

Thursday, March 12, 6:30 PM,
Fairdale Library, 10620 W. Manslick Rd, Louisville, KY 40118 ,(502) 375-2051,
Map of Fairdale Library location

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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., April 9, 2015, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Fern Creek Library
Wed., May 13, 2015, 7:00pm, Highlands-Shelby Park Library
Wed., June 10, 2015,7pm-8:30pm, Jeffersontown Library
Thur., July 9, 2015, 7pm-8:30pm, Newburg Library
Wed., August 19, 2015,7pm, Okolona Library
Thur., Sept.10, 2015, 6:30pm-7:45pm, Portland Library
Mon., Oct. 5, 2015, 7pm, St. Matthews Library
Thur., Nov. 12, 2015, 7pm, Shawnee Library
Thur., Dec. 10, 2015, 7pm, Southwest Library
Thur., Jan. 14, 2016, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Western Library

Grand Rounds: "Why Doctors Support Single Payer"

Presented by Garrett Adams, M.D., M.P.H.

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:00 AM
Auditorium, Lower Level
Ambulatory Care Bldg.
550 S. Jackson
U of L Health Sciences Campus

Sponsored by: Department of Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Grand Rounds function to share educational information within the medical community.
The events are open to the public.

Posted February 13, 2015. Permanent Link


Rep. Conyers Introduces HR 676, National Single Payer Health Care

Single Payer Health Care Back on the National Agenda

On February 3, 2015, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, pictured below, introduced HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, into the 114th Congress. He was joined by 44 initial cosponsors including Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky. Since then three additional representatives have signed on, Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania, Zoe Lofgren of California, and Joyce Beatty of Ohio.

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Conyers' Press Release on HR 676

PNHP News Release

America's New Single Payer Majority by Rep. John Conyers

Posted February 7, 2015. Permanent Link


Single Payer News in Kentucky

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19, 2015, Louisville

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On January 19, 2015, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care participated in the caravan celebrating the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo by Ron Hargrove.

Also on the King Holiday, members of KSPH took part in a celebration at Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 101 South 44th Street, Louisville, KY. The Rev. Ron Robinson, Shawnee's pastor, serves on the steering committee of KSPH. Sponsored jointly by the church and the group Sowers of Justice, the service and workshops commemorated Dr. King's call for non-violence, equality, and economic equity.

Garrett Adams, MD, led a health care workshop, stressing the need for a single payer system that would cover all medically necessary care for everyone in our country. There is a bill in Congress, HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, that would provide such coverage--cutting costs, reducing disparities and saving lives.

Workshop attendees shared insights and personal health care stories, agreeing that the current system remains inadequate. They indicated a wish to know more about single payer and suggested we continue our efforts to educate the public. In 1966, Dr. King referred to injustice in health care as "shocking and inhuman." In 2015, he would undoubtedly remind us that there is still much work to be done.

Single Payer Program at Parents for Social Justice

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On Monday, January 12, 2015, Jill Harmer presented the Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care power point show to Parents for Social Justice. Photo shows Natasha Pitcock and her daughter Olivia. KSPH offers the program free to any interested group--call (502) 636-1551.

U of L Medical Students Hold White Coat Die In

The Louisville Student protest was one of 70 across the nation.

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Photo of medical students at UC Davis

The nationwide protest was initiated by medical students in Philadelphia and San Francisco, and Physicians for a National Health Program assisted them with the publicity.

The story was covered by the Guardian, Huffington Post, and Rachel Maddow.

The action was endorsed by Students for a National Health Program, the student affiliate of PNHP.

Christy Duan wrote about why she participated in the protest.

Here's one panorama of the actions on more than 70 medical school campuses.

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Medical Students at UC Irvine

Medicare for everyone

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Harriette Seiler, at right, with Nan Goheen at the 2009 sit in at Humana as part of nationwide actions seeking to place single payer into the health care debate. Harriette's current letter printed in the Courier-Journal is below.

Nov. 20, 2014, Courier-Journal

Most Kentuckians are pleased that health care coverage has been expanded in our state, but there are questions to be considered.

Are the managed care organizations (MCOs) that oversee Medicaid providing quality treatment and follow-up — including prescribed medications for the mentally ill? MCOs profit by reducing costs and, bluntly stated, cost-cutting strategies often involve cutting care.

Persons who bought private plans (gold, silver, etc.) on the Kynect exchange last year must now re-enroll for 2015. Before buying, enrollees should read the policy carefully: Can you see your preferred doctor? How narrow is the hospital network? How high is the deductible? If you had to pay out of your own pocket for treatment, would that keep you from going for help when you have worrisome symptoms? If you have a chronic disease, check the drug formularies: Is your medication listed? Has the co-pay gone up?

As we ponder all these critical issues, the people in other advanced nations are happily going about their day because their leaders had sense enough to implement a single-payer system —saving money for their country and for each individual. Instead of all the political and judicial machinations now going on across the U.S., let’s just tell Congress to pass HR 676. Simply improve traditional Medicare and give it to everybody!


Garrett Adams, MD, Lectures at Sewanee

On October 15, 2014, Dr. Garrett Adams, Medical Director of the Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic and immediate past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, gave a lecture at Sewanee: The University of the South.

Dr. Adams' lecture addresses the plight of America’s medically under-served, especially in Appalachia, how America’s wealth inequality affects the nation’s health and society, and the positive effects a publicly funded national health program could have on our society as well as our national health. Video.

Louisville Single Payer Activists Volunteer

for RAM Free Clinic in Morehead, Oct. 25-26, 2014

The line snaked through the pre-dawn darkness of a church parking lot. Hundreds, many wrapped in blankets against the chill, awaited the opportunity to see a dentist or doctor or to get a pair of glasses, all without any cost or questions. Their presence, in spite of Kentucky’s successful sign up of more than 500,000 in the exchanges, bore witness to the continuing unmet health care needs and the necessity to move the nation forward to single payer.

This was the October 25-26, 2014, Free Clinic, one of many that Remote Area Medical regularly sponsors in Appalachia and across the country.

“Wow, it looks like 3D,” exclaimed a young woman who peered through her new glasses for the first time. Check out RAM on The Daily Show.

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Volunteers L to R: Kay Tillow, Louisville; Afeni Henderson, RN, Knoxville; Kathryn Hunt, Physical Therapist, Lexington; Lane Adams, Louisville; Garrett Adams, MD, Louisville; Harriette Seiler, Louisville. The Louisville participants are activists in Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care.

Single Payer in the Kentucky Hemophilia Walk

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care participated in the first annual Kentucky Hemophilia Walk in Middletown’s Wetherby Park.

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KSPH activists Jamie Beard and Harriette Seiler at the Hemophilia Walk

Braving the chilly weather, KSPH distributed over 200 flyers with information about single payer healthcare, noting that with the ACA, many individuals with bleeding disorders and other chronic conditions still find essential treatments too costly or not on their insurers' formulary – a situation fully understood by hemophiliacs and their families. The flyer provided information on HR 676 and ways to join the movement locally.

Walkers were appreciative of KSPH’s presence, and over $30,000 was raised for the Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation. All in all, it was a very successful event!

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Jamie Beard at the start/finish line. Jamie won the award for raising the most money for the Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation.

Single Payer in the Louisville AIDS Walk

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care joined a spirited crowd and their pets for the Louisville AIDS Walk, Fleur de Life.

KSPH distributed 400 flyers with a message noting that while health care reform helped some, many with AIDS and other conditions still find essential drugs too costly or not on their insurers' formulary.

"Last July, 300 patient advocacy groups protested to Health & Human Services that those with chronic illnesses are still facing barriers to care," the flyer continued.

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On the Belvedere for the Louisville AIDS Walk

The flyer concluded by pointing 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 join this movement. 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.

"Learn more:, KSPH offers free presentations on single payer,(502)636-1551,"

The walkers thanked us for being there and many expressed their agreement with single payer.

Louisville Celebrated Medicare's Birthday

Lighting Up the Night from the Big Four Bridge

(Harriette Seiler's photo album.)

Thousands attending a riverside concert on July 30, 2014, saw the message curving across the city skyline. Louisville joined dozens of cities in celebration of our nation's best health program.

We must protect Medicare for it has lifted generations of seniors from poverty, made the hospitals of the South integrate because Medicare could not be collected by those who segregated, brought dialysis to all with kidney failure, and shown that this public program works efficiently and saves money.

Yet we must improve Medicare for even with it some cannot afford care--it does not cover dental, nor hearing aids, nor nursing homes, co-pays and deductibles are growing, some drugs are very expensive, and it is being privatized through the Medicare Advantage plans.

And we must expand Medicare so that every person, regardless of age, has health care. By passing HR 676, national single payer health care, we will secure Medicare, save billions, and make health care a human right.

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The homemade, lighted letters arc across the sky. Photo by Eddie Davis

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Medicare celebration soars above Louisville and the youthful crowd of concertgoers. Photo by Jean Marie Borger

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At twilight on the ramp facing west. Photo by Eddie Davis

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Lining up the letters on the lawn before ascending the ramp

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Waiting on the ramp for the sun to set with the Big Four Bridge in the background and Jeff Boat in the distance

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Spelling it out.

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The message floats above the city lights--and the moon. Photo by Carrie Irwin.

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Keeping it in proper order

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The four big boards were heavier and harder to carry but Scotty Pulliam, Dr. Garrett Adams, Keith Rouda, and Mark McKinley rose to the task

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Raising lofty aspirations--to improve Medicare and expand it to all by passing HR 676 bringing universal care to the nation

Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care is delighted to bring the first Light Brigade to Louisville. We thank Leslie Harris of the North Texas Light Brigade and the Overpass Light Brigade for the inspiration and the guidance. Thanks to all of the letter carriers who braved the difficult parking conditions to lift up the message. Thanks also to the lettermakers, Harriette Seiler, Peg Box, Dave MacCool, Betty Schmitt, Garrett Adams, Lane Adams, Jill Harmer, and Kay Tillow, who put the signs together from corrugated plastic and LED lights run by batteries.

Celebrate Medicare's 49th Birthday, Wed., July 30, 2014;

Improve Medicare and Expand it to All--Pass HR 676!

July 30, 2014, will mark the 49th anniversary of Medicare, our only publicly financed, universal health plan, which lifted a generation of seniors out of poverty.

Congressman John Conyers has reserved 30 minutes on the House Floor for this. Dozens of events will happen, making this a national action!

We will have a special celebration in downtown Louisville that will take place on the evening of Wed. July 30, and will involve individuals carrying lightweight signs to spell out a message. We need 20 committed people for the signs--plus more to help us leaflet.

To help, please call Kay 636 1551 or Harriette 899-3861, or or

We can do this!

Rep. John Conyers speaking on HR 676 as he welcomes the participants in the May 22, 2014, National Single Payer Lobby Day

Video here.

Single Payer: Where Do We Go From Here?

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On May 21, 2014, in the Dirksen Senate Building on Capitol Hill, Senator Bernie Sanders chaired a panel with single payer leaders.

Video here. The video begins at the 25 minute mark.

25.00 Senator Sanders:
"We are the only major country on earth that doesn't guarantee health care to all people."

27:45 Rob Weissman, President, Public Citizen:
"We win the argument on the merits." Remarks.

34:10 Gerald Friedman, Professor of Economics, Amherst:
"We have 4 years less life expectancy given our spending."

41:04 Margaret Flowers, MD, Popular Resistance:
"We should fight further privatization of health care." Remarks.

48:50 Andy Coates, MD, President of Physicians for a National Health Program:
"Single payer would work--we could do this." Remarks.

54:44 Michael Lighty, National Nurses Union:
"Cost saving is now denying care."

1:01:00 Senator Sanders starts the discussion which ends at 2:16:17.

Placing Single Payer on the Nation's Agenda, May 22, 2014

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Pictured above are some of the participants in the National Single Payer Lobby Day held in Washington, DC, on May 22, 2014.

The event was sponsored by: All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care – HR 676, American Medical Students Association, Gray Panthers, Healthcare-NOW!, Labor Campaign for Single Payer, National Nurses United, National Organization for Women, Physicians for a National Health Program, Progressive Democrats of America, and Public Citizen.

The press release.

Story by Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News

Story by Anne Meador, DCMediaGroup.

National Single Payer Lobby Day, Thur. May 22, 2014

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On Thursday, May 22, 2014, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) (above photo) and Dr. Andy Coates, President of Physicians for a National Health Program, will speak at 10:00 AM in Room 2226, Rayburn Building, to a House briefing on single payer that kicks off the lobby day. Details here.

Congressman Conyers is the chief sponsor of HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, national single payer legislation that would assure universal care. With the addition of Janice Hahn of California's 44th District and Tim Ryan of Ohio's 13th district, HR 676 now has 57 co-sponsors.

If you cannot go to DC, you can still participate in this national effort. Please call your congressperson on Thursday, May 22 and urge her/him to sign on to HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.

Call the switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative.

You can find out who your representative is by entering your zip cope here.

Please let us know the results of your calls at

On the preceding day, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will host a panel on single payer:

Wed. May 21, 2014
10 AM
Room 430 Dirksen Bldg.
Speakers: Andy Coates, MD, President, PNHP; Rob Weissman, President, Public Citizen; Gerald Friedman, Professor of Economics, Amherst; Margaret Flowers, MD, PNHP & Popular Resistance; Michael Lighty, National Nurses United.

To be folllowed by Q and A.

This event can be viewed live here.

Mighty Kindness Festival, April 26, 2014

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KSPH reached out to hundreds at the Mighty Kindness event at Waterfront Park. Skies were sunny; mood was upbeat. Children danced with butterfly wings and the painted faces of lions. We forgot the duct tape to attach the banner to the table, but the day was delightful. Lots of conversations about single payer and many signed the petition for HR 676.

L to R: David Ross Stevens, Larry Hovekamp, Harriette Seiler, Kay Tillow, Dave MacCool. Also Rose Stevens and Tyler Fairleigh helped to put up and staff the booth.

Ed Weisbart, MD, spoke on single payer in Louisville

in a four event whirlwind over three days, April 10-12, 2014.

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Ed Weisbart, MD, Chair of Physicians for a National Health Program--Missouri, explains single payer health care during a public program at the Old Medical School in Louisville on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

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Some of the participants in the Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care workshop and PNHP-KY Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 12, 2014. L-R: Carol Tvaroh, Ada Beale, Tyler Fairleigh, Tom Moffett, Dr. Garrett Adams, Dr. Scott Graham of Fredonia, KY, Dr. Kenny Zegart, and David Ross Stevens of Borden, IN.

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Edgar Lopez, MD, moderated a panel of Kentucky physicians at the PNHP-KY Annual Meeting. They spoke about what is currently happening to patients and to medical practice. L-R: Dr. Lopez; Scott Graham, MD, Fredonia, KY; Tracy Ragland, MD. In addition, Esther Costel, MD, was on the panel.

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Doctors Edgar Lopez and Garrett Adams at the PNHP-KY Annual Meeting.

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Dr. Carol A. Paris spoke at the PNHP-KY Annual Meeting on "Fighting for Single Payer in the US and Health Care in New Zealand." Dr. Paris, a member of the Baucus 13, has just returned from a year of practicing in New Zealand.

Ed Weisbart, MD, Spoke on Single Payer in Louisville

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Ed Weisbart, MD

"We will not solve our health care crisis as long as private insurance plays a dominant role. We should correct the flaws of the current Medicare program and extend this coverage to all age groups," says Ed Weisbart, MD, Chair of the Missouri Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program who was in Louisville speaking at a series of events:

* Thur. April 10, 2014, 7:00 PM,

Old Medical School Bldg, 101 W. Chestnut St.

“Health Care Reform: What’s Here? What’s Coming? What’s Missing? The solution: Improved Medicare for All”

* Fri. April 11, 2014, 7:30-8:30 AM,

Over 70 physicians attended the UofL Family and Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds at Jewish Hospital.

“Health Care Reform 2.0: Beyond the Affordable Care Act. Fix the problems with Medicare and provide that to all Americans.”

* Fri. April 11, 2014, 12 Noon,

Dr. Weisbart met with 50 Medical Students at University of Louisville Medical School.

* Sat. April 12, 2014, PNHP-KY Annual Meeting and KSPH Workshop 10 AM to 2:30 PM

Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Ave, Louisville. Full agenda.

“Building Single Payer Support in Kentucky - Responding to the health care crisis”

Chaired by Dr. Garrett Adams, Louisville, immediate past president of national PNHP.
Workshop, with Dr. Weisbart; Dr. Art Sutherland of Tennessee PNHP; Dr. Edgar Lopez, Louisville; Dr. Scott Graham, Fredonia, KY; Dr. Carol Paris, member of the Baucus 13, and single payer activists.

Dr. Weisbart is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a family medicine physician and author of “A Single-Payer system Would Reduce U. S. Health Care Costs,” an article that appeared in the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Read Dr. Weisbart's article here, or watch a five minute video of him at a miners' rally here.

Sat., March 15, 2014, St. Patrick's Parade

Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care walked in Louisville's St. Patrick’s Day Parade to the applause and cheers of the crowds. We distributed over 1,700 flyers on single payer. Pictured L to R, Scotty Pulliam, Betty Schmitt, Enid Redman, Greg Pecaro, Charlotte Schmitt, Theresa Schmitt, and Harriette Seiler.

50th Anniversary March on Frankfort for Civil Rights

On March 5, 2014, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care participated in this commemorative march and rally at the State Capitol in Frankfort. Thousands marched demanding voting rights and passage of HB 70.

On the left is Scotty Pulliam, former president of IBEW Local 369 and KSPH Board Member; second from right is Charlie Clephas, Vice President of the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council; third from right is Charlie Essex, Business Manager of IBEW Local 369.

Posted March 3, 2014. Permanent Link



Press Release

January 30, 2014

VICCO, Ky—This little Appalachian community that made national news a year ago by passing a Fairness Ordinance did it again tonight. It voted to endorse Single Payer Healthcare, HR 676, joining 54 other American cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore.

Vicco, KY endorses single payer.

L to R Vicco City Commissioners Lula Gibson, Jimmy Slone, Claude Branson, Mayor Johnny Cummings, Kay Tillow, Dr. Garrett Adams, Harriette Seiler (photo by Lane Adams)

The struggling coal town of 334 people unanimously endorsed Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, HR 676, national single payer legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI). Vicco—established by the Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Company—is now the fourth Kentucky local government to favor Single Payer Healthcare. The others are Metro Louisville, Boyle County, and the City of Morehead. In 2007, the Kentucky House legislators also endorsed the bill.

Vicco was put on the map early last year when the New York Times, USA Today, the LA Times and other national media covered the passage of the town's new law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It was the smallest city in America to pass such a law.

Vicco gained further fame last August when Mayor Johnny Cummings and City Commissioners were featured on the Colbert Show on cable television. The Colbert Segment went viral with almost three quarters of a million views.

Since then, Vicco, Mayor Johnny Cummings, and the city commissioners have won further state and national praise. At an event that featured Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan last September, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto referred to Vicco when he described Kentucky as a place “deep in values that show up in unexpected ways and in unexpected places.”

KSPH Chair Kay Tillow and Vicco Mayor Johnny Cummings.

Vicco's new-found reputation as a progressive and humane community led to a presentation Monday night on health care by Dr. Garrett Adams, past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, and three Louisville colleagues, all representing Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare (KSPH).

The KSPH members pointed out that every person in Vicco—and everywhere else in the United States—would be covered by a plan similar to but better than the Medicare system that now serves those over 65 years of age. The HR 676 bill would expand Medicare to all ages and would improve it to include dental, vision, mental health--all medically necessary care. Patients would choose their own doctors and hospitals and there would be no co-pays or deductibles. HR 676 would annually save over $400 billion by ending the profits and waste caused by private insurance companies. The savings would then be used to expand an improved care to everyone in the country.

Kay Tillow, Chair of KSPH, said, "It's a moral issue. We believe that health care should not depend on ability to pay. We invite other cities to join our grassroots movement.”

The Vicco city commissioners decided to throw the weight of the town government behind this movement.


Garrett Adams MD MPH, Louisville, KY., Physicians for a National Health Program-KY,

Kay Tillow (502) 636-1551, KSPH Chair,

Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care

Text of the Resolution under the seal of the City of Vicco

Whereas: Barriers to quality medical care infringe on the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and access to health care is a fundamental human right, and;

Whereas a bill has been introduced in Congress, HR 676, aka The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, that will provide all medically necessary care, including dental and prescription drugs, to everyone in the country from birth to death. There will be no co-pays nor deductibles so that inability to pay will be removed as an impediment to care.

Whereas with HR 676 each person will choose their own physicians, hospitals, and other providers.

Therefore be it resolved that the City of Vicco wholeheartedly endorses HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act; and

Be it further resolved that we call on our representative in Congress, Representative Harold Rogers, to formally co-sponsor HR 676 so that the people of our city, our state, and our nation can move forward toward the excellent health care we deserve.


Mayor Johnny Cummings
Claude Branson, Commissioner
Lula Regina Gibson, Commissioner
Jimmy Slone, Commissioner

Electronic copy of the resolution available upon request from Kay Tillow,

Press release on PNHP website with photo.

Posted January 30, 2014. Permanent Link


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

"Of all the forms of inequality,

injustice in health care

is the most shocking and inhuman."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., March 25, 1966

Yet 48 years after Dr. King spoke those words, our country still suffers over 83,000 excess deaths each year among African Americans--deaths that would not happen if there were equality.

Our country’s health system leaves tens of millions of all colors without health insurance or with insurance so skimpy they cannot afford to use it.

Now, under the guise of solving the deficit problem, there is a relentless attack on Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, the programs our nation won through the struggles of the 30s and of the civil rights era.

The Solution: Improved Medicare for All, HR 676

The good news is that there is a solution. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D MI), the sponsor of the bill that made Dr. King’s Birthday a national holiday, has introduced into the Congress HR 676, The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.

This single payer legislation would divert hundreds of billions of dollars annually from profits and waste generated by the private health insurance industry into good care for everyone. Care would be expanded to all and costs brought under control.

Doctors would be freed from insurance industry interference with care. Patients would be freed to choose their physicians. Dental, eyeglasses, hearing aids, prescription drugs, long term care, doctors, hospitals, home health, mental health—all medically necessary care would be included.

Co-pays and deductibles would be banned ending today’s growing problem that health insurance policies are so miserly that even the insured forgo care because they can’t afford it. All of us would be respected as “covered” patients, ending the flight of hospitals and physicians from our neighborhoods to wealthy areas.

Medicare is not the problem. It operates with less than two percent overhead. The healthcare crisis actually stems from the bloated costs of the private world of insurance companies. Under HR 676, those for-profit companies would be removed, allowing us to improve care and include everyone.

In 2011, Bill Clinton said that we could save $1 trillion a year if we adopted the health care system of any of the other developed countries in the world. All of those countries have universal health care under a single payer type of publicly funded program. No more stewing over the deficit!

The passage of HR 676 would save Medicare, end the uncontrolled, gargantuan rise in health care costs, ease the deficit pressure, and actually bring universal health care to the nation.

So why are we even debating cuts to Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid when the solution is at hand that would bring us both better care and cost controls? HR 676, an improved Medicare for All, is sitting in the Congress, awaiting the rising of a movement that will insist upon its passage.

As Dr. King said, "The time is always right to do what is right."

A free program for your church or other organization on single payer is available from Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care (502) 636-1551,

Posted January 19, 2014. Permanent Link


Martin Luther King, Jr., A Dynamic Remembrance, Sat. Jan. 18, 2014

On January 18, 2014, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care (KSPH) will join in this celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and will lead the breakout session on health care.


Sowers of Justice Network and the Shawnee Presbyterian Church are sponsors of the event and invite your participation.

The Rev. Ron Robinson, Pastor of the Shawnee Presbyterian Church, is a member of the Steering Committee of KSPH.

Martin Luther King, Jr., A Dynamic Remembrance

Shawnee Presbyterian Church
101 South 44th Street
January 18, 2014
11am - 2pm

The Call

  • To celebrate MLK, Jr.’s life and invoke his work as successors to the enduring spiritual values that lead to action for justice through commitment to non-violence.
  • To gather kindred souls in Louisville into sustainable collaborative action for justice and build on our shared spiritual values, shared passion for justice and a shared commitment to take nonviolent action.
  • To plan collaborative action for justice and build on our shared spiritual values to take ongoing nonviolent action for specific issues.

The Plan

10:30 Welcome/Registration - Sign in/ up for issue groups
11:00 Worship Celebration
12:00 Breakout listening sessions with focus on

  • Nonviolence
  • Gun Violence
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Labor Rights
  • Health Care

From what we learn that day, Sowers of Justice Network will launch working groups on issues and plan another gathering in early March. These topics represent areas of commitment for the Sowers of Justice Network through 2014.

A light lunch will be served.

Space is somewhat limited, and so that we may better plan food and space, please RSVP (it's free--you won't need to bring the paper tickets to attend)

RSVP here:

Posted January 8, 2014. Permanent Link



On the Day Following the Supreme Court Decision

Join Us in Response to the Court’s Decision on the ACA

Forward to Single Payer!

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the end of June.  Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care invites you to be with us as we join demonstrations for single payer all across the country with the positive message--Forward to Single Payer Health Care.  We march for single payer, regardless of what the court’s decision is.

At 4:00 pm on the day following the Supreme Court’s announcement, we will gather in Jefferson Park at 6th and Jefferson in downtown Louisville. There will be brief remarks.  We will have signs, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Beginning at 4:30 pm we will walk the two blocks to the Humana Headquarters at 5th and Main where we will issue a statement stressing the urgency of adopting a single-payer health system – an improved Medicare for All – as the only way to assure truly universal, comprehensive and affordable coverage, eliminate financial barriers to care, improve efficiency and control costs.
Our main message:

“To save lives and money, enact HR 676, an improved Medicare for all.”

If the law is declared unconstitutional in whole or in part, we will point out that single payer is clearly constitutional.

The Schedule for the Day Following the Supreme Court Decision:
        4:00 pm: Gather in Jefferson Park at 6th and Jefferson
        Around 4:30 pm:  Begin Walk to the Humana Headquarters at 5th and Main
        Around 5:00 pm:  5th and Main, Rally and release statement to the press
We ask that all organizations help by forwarding this message to your members and turning out a crowd that will signal a positive, humane direction in health care for our people and the nation.

Posted June 13, 2012. Permanent Link


Dr. David A. Ansell, Author of "County" to Visit
Dr. David A. Ansell
Dr. David A. Ansell

David A. Ansell, MD, MPH

County: Life, Death and Politics -- What the lessons from Chicago’s public hospital tell us about health care in the USA

Public Lecture
Friday, January 27th, 2012
5:30 pm
Hotel Louisville
120 W. Broadway (at Second St.)

Please join us! There is no charge for admission.

Dr. Ansell is an Internal Medicine physician and the Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He has written extensively about health disparities.

Dr. Ansell is the author of COUNTY: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital, a memoir about the years he spent working at the "old" Cook County hospital. The book speaks to our nation's failure to address the most unjust of all the inequities present in the world's richest society--that of health inequity.

In the December, 2011, issue of Louisville Medicine, local physician M. Saleem Seyal reviewed County, praising the work as "important and thoroughly engaging."

Book Cover of 'County' by David Ansell

Dr. Ansell will be visiting Louisville on January 27th and 28th, 2012.

A more complete schedule of events is available here (PDF).

"...we cannot have too many of these stories in circulation, to bear witness, to inform and to inspire.
--A. Zuger, NY Times review of County, July 25, 2011

Kentucky Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP-KY)
Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare (KSPH)
Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Care Plan (HCHP)

Posted January 19, 2012. Permanent Link


Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Cry for Equality in Health Care, January 15, 2011

Dr. Claudia Fegan at the Louisville Urban League

Saturday's event at the Louisville Urban League featuring Dr. Claudia Fegan was a resounding success. The event drew more than one hundred people who were treated to some very inspiring speakers.

Dr. Joyce Howell, Dr. Claudia Fegan, and Dr. Monique Howard

Dr. Joyce Howell, President of Falls City Medical Society; Dr. Claudia Fegan, Past-President of Physicians for a National Health Program, and Dr. Monique Howard, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Dr. Fegan; Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, Dr. Adams
Dr. Fegan; Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, Dr. Adams

Dr. Garrett Adams; President, Physicians for a National Health Program
Dr. Garrett Adams; President, Physicians for a National Health Program

Bani Hines Hudson and Dr. Fegan
Bani Hines Hudson and Dr. Fegan

Mr. Ben Richmond, President and CEO, Louisville Urban League
Mr. Ben Richmond, President and CEO, Louisville Urban League

Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3)
Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3): "I'm a Single Payer Guy."

Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville
Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville

Bani Hines Hudson, Community Development Specialist, Louisville
Bani Hines Hudson, Community Development Specialist, Louisville

Dr. Fegan
Dr. Fegan

An article about the event can be found the Louisville Courier Journal of Sunday, January 16th, 2011: Click here to read the article.

Posted January 18, 2011. Permanent Link


Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Claudia Fegan, M.D.
Dr. Claudia Fegan
Claudia M. Fegan, M.D.

Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Claudia Fegan, M.D.

Saturday, January 15, 2011
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
at the Urban League
1535 W. Broadway

Dr. Fegan will speak on "Remembering Dr. King's Cry for Justice in Health Care" followed by questions and discussion.

Dr. Fegan is an expert on single payer. Refreshments and reception. Everyone welcome.


Dr. Claudia Fegan of Chicago is the associate chief medical officer for the Ambulatory and Community Health Network for the Cook County Bureau of Health Services. She practices primary care internal medicine at the Woodlawn Health Center of Cook County.

A past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization of 18,000 doctors who support single-payer national health insurance, an improved Medicare for all, she has appeared on a number of national television and radio programs on behalf of PNHP and has lectured extensively to both medical and community audiences on health care reform in the United States and Canada. She is a co-author of "Universal Healthcare: What the United States Can Learn from Canada" and a contributor to "10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
— Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights, 1966

The daughter of a labor union organizer and a social worker, Dr. Fegan received her undergraduate degree from Fisk University and her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Sponsored by Physicians for a National Health Program-KY and Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care,

Posted January 11, 2011. Permanent Link