Video of Dr. Margaret Flowers in Louisville on October 4, 2018

The  40 minute video of Dr. Margaret Flowers at the October 4, 2018, public event in Louisville is now available for viewing and sharing here.

KSPH thanks videographer Stephen Mattingly for making it and medical student and SNaHP President Sarah Parker for placing the video on youtube.  The video can also be seen and shared from the KSPH facebook page.

University of Louisville Students for a National Health Program President, Sarah Parker, is at the right.
University of Louisville Students for a National Health Program President, Sarah Parker, is at right.

PNHP Held Annual Meeting in San Diego

On November 9 and 10, 2018, Physicians for a National Health Program held their Leadership Training and Annual Meeting in San Diego.  Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care joined with PNHP North Carolina in presenting the workshop on Chapter Building.  On Friday evening everyone marched to the ICE Headquarters to join with community groups to express the demand for justice and health care for immigrants.  On Saturday evening, the keynote address was given by Linda Rae Murray, MD, past president of the American Public Health Association.  A full report will be available on the PNHP website.

Medical Students Carry the Banner at the Justice for Immigrants Rally
Medical Students Carry the Banner at the Justice for Immigrants Rally
Memphis first year medical student Louisa Ekem with Dr. Garrett Adams of Louisville at the Saturday dinner.
Memphis, Tennessee, first year medical student Louisa Ekem with Dr. Garrett Adams of Louisville at the Saturday dinner.

Dr. Garrett Adams Gives Single Payer Sermon at TJ Unitarian Church

On Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, Garrett Adams, MD, founder of Physicians for a National Health Program–KY, delivered the message at the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church in Louisville.  The church featured the event in advance, and the attendance was larger than usual.

Garrett smiling along with the pumpkin.
Garrett smiling along with the pumpkin.

 

 

The children paraded with their Halloween outfits, and a pianist, violinist, and choir added music to the celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of people spoke in solidarity with the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue that had so recently suffered a massive, hate-filled shooting.

The sign outside the church.
The sign outside the church.

 

 

Garrett delivered a hopeful message centered on the statistics showing majority physician and popular support for a health care plan that will cover everyone, be federally financed, be free of premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, and include all medically necessary care–an improved Medicare for All.

A member of the Unitarian congregation speaks in costume of having heart: The giraffe is a heart symbol because it takes a powerful heart to circulate the blood up that long neck.
A member of the Unitarian congregation speaks in costume of having heart: The giraffe is a heart symbol because it takes a powerful heart to circulate the blood up that long neck.

 

 

 

 

He told of the tragedy of the 30,000 who die each year needlessly because of a lack of insurance.

 

 

He included the story of Clay Morgan, a Henry County farmer and auto mechanic who took his own life rather than impoverish his family with the costs of a recurring cancer.  “Statistics are people with the tears wiped dry,” he said.

Unitarians listening to the single payer sermon.
Unitarians listening to the single payer sermon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He ended on a positive note that people can be more powerful than the corporations that seek to hold back progress in order to make profits in health care.

Dr. Garrett Adams "preaching" at the Unitarian Church
Dr. Garrett Adams “preaching” at the Unitarian Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He encouraged activism to make it happen.  “Power concedes nothing without a demand–without struggle there is no progress,” said Dr. Adams, concluding with the wisdom of Frederick Douglass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Karen Krigger Speaks at “Fix It” at the Port Shaw Community Center

On October 16, 2018, Christine Perlin and Charlie Casper of Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care showed the documentary “Fix It” to an audience at the Port Shaw Community Center.

Karen Krigger, MD, at the Port Shaw Community Center
Karen Krigger, MD, at the Port Shaw Community  Center in the Portland/Shawnee neighborhood in West Louisville.

 

Karen Krigger, MD, a practicing physician and Clinical Professor of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, introduced the film and explained how single payer health care works.

 

Bonnie Coleman, President of the Shawnee Neighborhood Association, and Dr. Krigger organized the event.  The 38 minute movie can be seen on the internet at this link.

Participants discussed HR 676, the Improved Medicare for All legislation that is featured in the film "Fix It"
Participants discussed HR 676, the Improved Medicare for All legislation that is featured in the film “Fix It”

 

KSPH offers to show the film to any group or organization anywhere in the state of Kentucky and to send knowledgeable people to lead the discussion and to answer questions.

Just give us a call at (502) 636-1551.

Photos are by Christine Perlin.

 

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

Press Release Final 08_27_18-page-002Press Release Final 08_27_18-page-001

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!