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 nursenpo@aol.com.

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.

Free public showing of The Healthcare Movie

The Healthcare Movie

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

7:00 PM

Okolona Library

7709 Preston Highway, Louisville, Kentucky 40219 | (502) 964-3515

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., 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

Health care cost cure: single payer

Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, a leading Kentucky advocate for transparency in health-care costs and  outcomes, writes in a recent commentary that Medicare-for-all might be the solution to our financing woes.

I support going to a single-not-for-profit payer system and eliminating for-profit health insurance companies. These unneeded middlemen must be eliminated if health care costs are to be controlled.

Ewell Scott, MD
Ewell Scott, MD

Twenty percent to 30 percent of the premium dollar goes for their profits and overhead.

A single-payer system could do it for 3 percent overhead — what our single-payer system for seniors does now. The Affordable Care Act (a misnomer if there ever was one) merely forces us to buy a private, inefficient, expensive product.

I am thankful for Gov. Steve Beshear’s Medicaid expansion, but his reliance on private (for the most part) companies to “manage” (read: “deny”) health care is robbing hospitals and other providers of rightful compensation and merely increasing the private companies’ profits.

Anthem, an Indiana-based insurer, recently announced record profits, which leave our rural facilities teetering on the brink of insolvency.

One only has to look at Auditor Adam Edelen’s recent in-depth report for verification of their poor financial health. Our people deserve better. It can be done. Medicare for all. Easy.

Ewell G. Scott, M.D.


Letter in the Herald Leader.

Single Payer in the Louisville MS Walk

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, KSPH activists distributed 600 flyers on single payer as they participated in the Louisville MS Walk.  The tiny, hot pink leaflet stated:

Forward to single payer health care

Drugs crucial for MS patients, originally costing $8,000 to $11,000, now cost about $60,000 per year.

While health care reform helped some, many still find essential drugs too costly or not on the formulary.Kay Tillow & Jill Harmer at MS Walk, Louisville, May 30, 2015

Last July, 300 patient advocacy groups protested to Health & Human Services that those with chronic 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: www.kyhealthcare.org    www.pnhp.org

(502) 636-1551   nursenpo@aol.com

At right, Kay Tillow and Jim Harmer at the MS Walk.

Hold the Date: Thur. July 30, 2015, Medicare 50th Birthday Celebration

KSPH is planning an event to celebrate Medicare’s 50th Birthday on Thursday. July 30, 2015.

Come to the KSPH meetings and be a part of making it happen!  The next meetings are Thursdays, June 4th and June 18th, 5:30 pm, Board Rm on the Mezzanine, Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York St.


At a single payer meeting are (L to R) Jill Harmer, Antonio Wilson, and Harriette Seiler.

Single Payer Activities at University of Louisville Medical School

On March 5, 2015, Peter Esch, MD, a Louisville PNHP activist, presented Single Payer 101 to University of Louisville Medical Students. Students participated in a lively exchange following the program, and several announced that they were organizing a chapter of Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP).

On March 12, 2015, Ewell Scott, MD, of Morehead, Kentucky, debated single payer health care before an audience of 70 University of Louisville Medical Students.

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Dr. Ewell Scott at U of L Debate                             Dr. Garrett Adams with med student Brandi Jones

You can listen to the debate here.

Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to KYHealthCare’s new website! We think it will be a great tool to help get the word out about Single Payer health care news and events in Kentucky. This is a very exciting time to be working for Single Payer. We are making progress every day.

Bookmark and share this site to stay on top of what’s happening. Better yet, join us!

“Why Doctors Support Single Payer,” Dr. Garrett Adams at U of L Grand Rounds

On March 26, 2015, Garrett Adams, M.D., MPH, Associate Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at The University of Louisville and Past President, Physicians for a National Health Program, presented Grand Rounds at University of Louisville Department of Medicine.

Watch the video by clicking the upper left corner.

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

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 four additional representatives have signed on, Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania, Zoe Lofgren of California, Joyce Beatty of Ohio, and Ted Lieu of California bringing the number up to 48.

You can see all the cosponsors of HR 676 here.

You can read HR 676 here.


Conyers’ Press Release on HR 676

PNHP News Release

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