Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care

Harriette Seiler and Antonio Wilson in Louisville's St. Pat's Parade
Harriette Seiler and Antonio Wilson in Louisville’s St. Pat’s Parade

Act to End the Direct Contracting Entities and ACO REACH that are privatizing Medicare.

Contact us: nursenpo@aol.com, Facebook, @KY4singlepayer, kentuckians_for_single_payer

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Read the Physicians’ Proposal for a National Single Payer Program.  Sign on to it. Join National PNHP.

Slides from Drs. Steffie Woolhandler & David Himmelstein

Quote of the day by Don McCanne. Health Justice Monitor

Answers to questions on single payer.

HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, a model single payer bill in the House from 2003 to 2017.

HR 1976, national single payer bill, currently in the House, which needs to be improved to ban and convert the for-profit hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis centers, etc.

Please support the work of Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care by making a donation on line hereOr you can mail your check to KSPH, PO Box 17595, Louisville, KY 40217.  Annual dues are $5, but we welcome whatever you can give.

How the Citizens of rural Dunn County Put National Single Payer on the Ballot

Please register for this free, on-line event. It’s an exciting trend we are seeing in several rural areas!

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WED. SEPTEMBER 28, 2022, AT 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific

Organizing in Rural Wisconsin:

Speakers:

  • John Calabrese, Dunn County Board Supervisor and member of Our Wisconsin Revolution
  • Dr. Lorene Vedder of Physicians for a National Health Program and Wisconsin United to Amend

The citizens of Dunn County, Wisconsin, a rural community of 45,000 people, petitioned their County Board of Supervisors and got a unanimous vote to place a referendum on the ballot in November. Other rural communities are following suit.

Question for the ballot referendum:

Shall Congress and the President of the United States enact into law the creation of a publicly financed, non-profit, national health insurance program that would fully cover medical care costs for all Americans?

“Is it possible that the people of these rural communities, under the stress of a broken health care system, can spark a movement to fix health care for the nation?”

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific

Registration: You must register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tf-GqqzsuH9dV1KnXaZlOAFI6mgcgbzlr

Facilitator: Kay Tillow

Read how this rural Wisconsin county put publicly funded, non-profit national single payer on the ballot in Common Dreams https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/05/how-rural-wisconsin-county-put-publicly-funded-non-profit-national-health-care

Please distribute and share the registration link on social media!! Sponsored by @NSPhealthcare

This Rural Wisconsin County Put Publicly Funded, Non-Profit, National Health Care on the Ballot

Is it possible that the people of these rural communities, under the stress of a broken health care system, can spark a movement to fix health care for the nation?

by Kay Tillow September 5, 2022

Charlie Casper and Dr. Barbara Casper at the Park DuValle Health Fair

Citizens of Dunn County, Wisconsin, have a plan to place national, publicly-funded health care for everyone on their November 8th county ballot.  In June and July at meetings of the County Board of Supervisors, many spoke of a broken health care system and their proposal to fix it.  After the third meeting, the Board voted unanimously to put the following question on the ballot:  

“Shall Congress and the President of the United States enact into law the creation of a publicly financed, non-profit, national health insurance program that would fully cover medical care costs for all Americans?”

Full story

July 30, 2022, March and Rally for Medicare for All in Washington, DC, and Kentucky

Paul Hoppe, Steve Katz, and Mark McKinley (L to R) of Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care joined the March for Medicare for All in Washington, DC, to demand that the nation move to a national single payer health care system to cover everyone. It was July 30, 2022, Medicare’s 57th birthday.

Helping them hold the banner are Dr. Claire Cohen and Dr. Judy Albert, both from Pittsburgh and leaders of PNHP, and NationalSinglePayer, and the Western Pennsylvania Committee for Single Payer. Dr. Cohen, a child psychiatrist, was among the rally speakers. Dr. Albert and other bicyclists rode to DC on the Appalachian Trail in a demonstration for Medicare for All.

On that same day in Madison County, Kentucky, Dr. Robin Reams, distributed flyers at a Kentuckians for the Commonwealth picnic, and Jill Harmer, Harriette Seiler, and Kay Tillow took the message to Louisville farmers’ markets on Bardstown Road and at the Beargrass Christian Church on Shelbyville Road.

Jill Harmer distributing flyers at the Bardstown Rd. farmers’ market on Medicare’s birthday.
Harriette Seiler at the farmers’ market in St. Matthews.

Can Private Equity bring Health Equity? Watch the video of the Roundtable

On May 9, 2022, Dr. Susan Rogers, PNHP President, moderated a roundtable discussion about Direct Contracting/REACH, the dangers of privatization and so-called “value-based care,” and how to achieve true equity in our health system. Panelists included Dr. Linda Rae Murray, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, and Dr. Claire Cohen. 

You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/qR2X9NnFQa0

Dr. Susan Rogers

Dr. Linda Mae Murray earned her M.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her career includes positions at Cook County Hospital in Chicago; the Manitoba Federation of Labour in Winnipeg, Canada; Meharry College; the Chicago Department of Health; and as chief medical officer of the Primary Care and Community Health Network of Chicago. Dr. Murray is the former president of the American Public Health Association, where she advocated for the guaranteed right to health care for everyone, argued that health requires peace, and that equity and social justice demands a whole and sustainable planet.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, former Health Director for the City of Detroit, and advisor on the 2020 Democratic platform as a Healthcare Unity Task Force appointee. He holds a doctorate in Public Health from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and he received his M.D. from Columbia University. He is co-author, along with Dr. Micah Johnson, of the book “Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide,” and is also the host of the podcast “America Dissected” on Crooked Media.

Dr. Claire Cohen is a Black child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been practicing in Pittsburgh since 1984. She attended Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University Medical School) and completed her General Psychiatry Residency at the University of Chicago, followed by a Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Cohen has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health clinics, partial hospitals, school-based settings and, currently, an inpatient hospital setting. She is a leader in PNHP, National Single Payer, and the Western PA Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare. Please join me on Monday, May 9 and join the fight for REAL health equity! Please don’t forget to REGISTER in advance for this exciting event. 

Charlie Casper’s letter in the C-J

The Courier-Journal – 03/20/2022Medical privatization

The past Sunday, The Courier Journal published an exceptional investigative piece by U.S. News on nursing homes. The emphasis was on quality performance, primarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the real focus was on ownership and Trilogy Home Services, a private equity, real estate REIT. Here is a first hand look at the toxic mix of Wall Street and private equity firms injecting themselves into healthcare practices. According to the article, high death rates and shoddy care were commonplace, a likely outcome when profit becomes the driving force.

Fast forward to what’s happening to traditional medicare today. Efforts are underway to privatize this highly valued and essential service to seniors — and the efforts are under the radar. Originally operating under the name of Direct Contracting Entities, organizers have now changed the name to the Medicare REACH program, no doubt to further confuse patients who could be enrolled without their knowledge or consent.

Here is another example of Wall Street and private equity placing themselves between doctors and patients.

If you like your traditional medicare, stand up and take notice. The long-term solution is single-payer, Medicare for All. Let’s get rid of health care privatization

Charles M. Casper, Louisville, 40207

National Single Payer Summit

Here’s the link to the schedule of topics and panelists.

Our Healthcare System in Crisis: National Single-Payer

Over the weekend of March 11 to 13, the March for Medicare for All, in cooperation with other groups, broadcast a deep dive, non-stop, educational program into our health care system and why we must move the nation to improved Medicare for All. 

National experts, such as Dr. Ana Malinow and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, and vital community leaders spoke on Our Broken Health Care System, Racism, People with Disabilities, the Mental Health Crisis, Why Improved Medicare for All must be National, and much more.

The videos are available at these links:  

Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDZpC0U6-38 “Our Broken Healthcare System, Explained”, “Our Broken Healthcare System, a Discussion”, and more!

Saturday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljTCyreGQl8 “Impacts of Disaster Capitalism on Healthcare”, “Racism in Healthcare”, “The Mental Health Crisis in the United States”, “Healthcare Disparities for People with Disabilities”, “Healthcare Workers Speak Out”, and more!

Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j4Fr4m8Qn8 “The International Human Right to Health and Why National Single-Payer is the Way Forward”, “Why Improved Medicare for All Must be National”, “How’re We Gonna Pay for It?”, “Next Wave of Organizing”, and more!

Here’s the link to the schedule of topics and panelists.