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.

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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.

Kentucky can put Medicare for All on the Ballot

Kentucky cities can place questions on the ballot by vote of the city legislative body or by petitions

Last November, rural Dunn County, Wisconsin, which twice voted for Trump, voted by a majority for a national, publicly-funded, not-for-profit, health care plan that would cover all medical costs.  Townships in Southern and Central Illinois voted by 64% and 84% majorities for Improved Medicare for All.

These examples open a way to challenge the politicians who say the people oppose single payer.  Can such ballot initiatives inform and energize a grass roots movement in the fight for Improved Medicare for All?

Former State Representative Joni Jenkins has provided us with the Kentucky law that allows Kentucky cities to place such a referendum on the ballot:

83A.120 Procedure for referendum on public question.

“Any public question authorized by statute may be submitted to the voters of a city by either a resolution of the city legislative body or a petition meeting the requirements of this section.”

Are you interested in getting this question on the ballot in your city?

“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 everyone in the United States?”

Let’s talk about the possibilities. Kay (502) 636 1551,

Dave McCool, Dr. Edgar Lopez, and Larry Hovekamp carry the banner in Louisville’s Easter Parade

Twice rural Dunn County voted for Trump. In 2022 they voted for public, non-profit health Care.

On November 8, conservative, rural Dunn County in Wisconsin voted 51.4% for national, publicly-funded, non-profit healthcare for everyone.  That same county had voted for Trump in the last two presidential elections and still in 2022 voted by majority for Republican candidates.

On December 14, 2022,  two members of the County Board of Supervisors, John Calabrese and Monica Berrier, spoke on the meaning of this expression of popular support for single payer health care in a conservative county.

Watch and share the video.

Story on the vote:

Video of Dr. Corinne Frugoni on Medicare Privatization and ACO REACH

On December 15, 2022, Dr. Corinne Frugoni made a powerful presentation for Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare, and she has graciously shared her power point slide show as well.  Write to to request it.

Thanks to Paul Hoppe, the video of the program is up on our youtube channel.  Please share it widely.

We urge you to take action and organize in your community so we can bring understanding about what is happening and, also, build a powerful movement to stop this privatization of Medicare that threatens our seniors and our entire Medicare program.

In addition, below are links to resolutions passed by various organizations, unions, and political bodies.  Please use them to get further resolutions passed, and please send copies of any resolutions passed to

Please write to your representative and senators and urge them to encourage President Biden to terminate ACO REACH.  

Save the date: Thur. Dec. 15, 7:00pm EST

Medicare Privatization: Medicare Advantage and REACH

A threat to seniors and the future of Medicare

Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7:00 pm EST by zoom

Speaker:  Corinne Frugoni, MD

Retired family physician and former Co-chair of Physicians for a National Health Program—California

Recent federal reports and New York Times articles have called attention to the persistent threats to Medicare from private, for-profit Medicare Advantage plans.  These deceptively marketed plans have been exposed for denial of care as they reap billions at the expense of the Medicare Trust Fund.

Unfortunately, Medicare Advantage is not the only imminent danger to Medicare.  An under-the-radar pilot program called Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs), renamed ACO REACH, places seniors who have chosen traditional Medicare into for-profit plans dominated by private equity, venture capital, and insurance companies.  These plans, into which seniors are placed without their consent, create a profit incentive for the denial of care.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to have all seniors in such plans by 2030.

Corinne Frugoni, MD

We now see DCEs operating in Kentucky.  One named “Oak Street” is open at 1731 Dixie Highway and at 5743 Preston Highway.  There are more in Louisville, Lexington, Pikeville, Hazard, Paducah, and Murray.  Most people are unaware of DCEs and ACO REACH and the new threat they pose to Medicare.  That’s why we are inviting you to a free, educational program.

This program is free but you must register in advance:
After registering, you will receive an email with the zoom link for joining the meeting.

Please spread the word and join us.

The program will be followed by Q and A and your questions and discussion will be welcome.

Many organizations are calling for the termination of ACO REACH which President Biden could end with the stroke of a pen.  A sample resolution is here.  Further info is here.

Action is Urgent to Terminate ACO REACH and End the Privatization of Medicare

Effective January 2023, the ACO REACH program begins allowing Wall Street firms and insurance companies to turn traditional Medicare into a profit-making enterprise.

(L to R) Dr. Malika Sabharwal and Dr. Sarah Riley Parker, both former presidents of Students for a National Health Program at UofL,

Seniors who have chosen traditional Medicare can be placed into these for-profit entities without their consent, and the program can be implemented without an act of Congress.  In ACO REACH, denial of care brings more profit.

Traditional Medicare has a 2% overhead, while DCEs and ACO REACH can receive up to 40% in overhead and profit. Both seniors and the Medicare Trust Fund will suffer.

Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care is working with other organizations to terminate ACO REACH before the harm is done.

KSPH is offering a free educational program to any organization that wants to learn more.  Just let us know at 502 636 1551 or

In addition, your organization can pass a resolution to terminate ACO REACH.  Here is a sample resolution.

Single Payer Radio with Garrett Adams, MD, MPH, of the Beersheba Clinic and Michael J. Imburgia, MD, of the Have a Heart Clinic.

This episode of Single Payer Radio is a conversation with doctors Garrett Adams and Mike Imburgia. Both have worked for decades providing care and have witnessed patients denied care in our current system that requires insurance, co-pays, and unaffordable out-of-pocket expenses. Both doctors have established clinics to address the need. Dr. Imburgia established the Have a Heart Clinic in downtown Louisville. Dr. Adams established the Beersheba Clinic in Beersheba Springs,TN a small rural community in Warren County TN on the Cumberland Plateau. More info

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

On September 28, 2022, National Single Payer hosted an internet event on how 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.

You can watch the video here: Passcode: kB4$#F?A

The speakers were:

  • 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

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?”

Facilitator: Kay Tillow

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?”

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