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?”
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.
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.”
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.
Download flyer for the Public Event Oct 4: Flowers Public Flyer08_26_18(3) for FoRsooth
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.
Drs. Flowers and Paris will speak, and we will distribute information to the public and to Humana employees.
On Thursday, September 13, Kentuckians for Single Payer
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 email@example.com.
On 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Bob Cunningham (L), renowned Louisville civil rights activist, and Dr. Garrett Adams (R), founder of Physicians for a National Health Program in Kentucky, discuss single payer health care. Click here to listen.
Open to the public. Come and bring your friends!
Further info: Christine Perlin, christine.perlin at gmail.com
Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care is reaching out, talking to people, and building the movement!
On Saturday, Aug. 4, KSPH staffed a booth at the health fair at the Park DuValle CHC.
Peg Box reports that “there were a lot of tents and many people with families, and we were right next to the band which was good but LOUD. We even got to watch a demonstration of line dancing.”
Of the people who stopped by our booth “many already were advocates of single payer and had a lot of good things to say and stories to share.”
“In spite of the heat and torrid sun on the asphalt, the crowds were good, and we had many signing the petition,” said Charlie Casper. “Most were Medicaid recipients. This event is good exposure for single payer, maybe for just name exposure if nothing else.”
For those who did not know about HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, this was their opportunity to learn.
The Park DuValle Community Health Center is federally funded and serves the community filling in the gaps to help those our broken health system abandons.
by Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H and David U. Himmelstein, M.D.