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
Louisville

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.

Free public showing of The Healthcare Movie

Free public showing of The Healthcare Movie.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:00 PM,
Fern Creek Library, 6786 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, Kentucky 40291, Phone: (502) 231-4605,
Map to Fern Creek Library location

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”:

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

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.
Conyers_in_office

Conyers’ Press Release on HR 676

PNHP News Release

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

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

 photo KSPH in caravan honoring. Dr. Martin Luther King

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.

Free Public Showing of The Healthcare Movie.

There will be a free public showing of The Healthcare Movie.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 7:00 PM
Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206, Ph. 574 1793

 The Healthcare Movie Masthead

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

U of L Medical Students Hold White Coat Die In

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

Photo of medical students at UC Davis

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.

 photo Medical Students at UC Irvine

Medical Students at UC Irvine

Medicare for Everyone

 photo Harriette Seiler, at right, with Nan Goheen at the 2009 sit in at Humana

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!

HARRIETTE NYE SEILER

Louisville Single Payer Activists Volunteer

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.

 photo Louisville Single Payer Activists Volunteer for RAM Free Clinic in Morehead

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.