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Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care Newsletter, June 17, 2021
Events, news, opinion. In brief….
1. Kentucky Single Payer Meeting on Zoom, Thur., June 17, 2021, 5:00 PM
2. March for Medicare for All, Sat., July 24, 2021 in Louisville and 20 other cities
3. Single Payer Radio on 106.5 FM, Mon 2pm, Tue 7am, Wed 11am
4. Pitfalls of Medicare Advantage Plans, Investopedia
5. Time to Abandon Pay For Performance, comment by Adam Gaffney, MD, MPH
6. Liz Fowler is Back! And She’s Writing US Health Policy Again, by Kay Tillow
7. The Buffett-Bezos-Dimon-Gawande insurance fail?, comment by Don McCanne, MD
8. Build the Movement—Give to Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care
1. Kentucky Single Payer Meeting on Zoom, Thur., June 17, 2021, at 5:00 PM
The next meeting will be on Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
If you are not on our zoom list, please email Kay Tillow at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you the information needed to access the zoom call.
We meet the first and third Thursdays of each month. The following meeting will be on Thur. July 1, 2021.
2. March for Medicare for All, July 24, 2021 in Louisville and 20 other cities
Join us in Louisville to rally and march for improved Medicare for All.
Sat. July 24, 2021, 11:00 AM
Mazzoli Federal Bldg., 600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pl.
Cosponsors: Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care, Physicians for a National Health Program-KY, Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Greater Louisville Central Labor Council
Louisville details: http://kyhealthcare.org/posts/louisville-and-20-other-cities-plan-march-for-medicare-for-all-july-24-2021
They are using this hashtag #m4m4all
3. Single Payer Radio on 106.5 FM, Mon 2pm, Tue 7am, Wed 11am
Tune in to Single Payer Radio. Dr. Eugene Shively, Dr. Mike Flynn, and Mark McKinley host lively discussions on single payer and other health care topics.
Current program: Dr. Bob Wojda and Teresa Casey discuss healthcare services provided to the homeless through their work at Phoenix Health Center in Louisville. Podcast.
Dr. Henry Sadlo, Cardiologist
Ann Hagan-Grigsby, CEO of the Park DuValle Community Health Clinic
Please share on social media and tell your friends. Help expand the voices of the movement.
Single Payer Radio is aired each week; Mon 2pm, Tue 7am, Wed 11am, on 106.5 FM. At these times you can get the program on the internet, too. Go to www.forwardradio.org and click “listen live.” Programs are archived here: https://www.forwardradio.org/singlepayerradio
4. Pitfalls of Medicare Advantage Plans
A Medicare Advantage Plan, also called a Part C or an MA Plan, may sound enticing. They are offered by private companies approved by Medicare.
Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care is eager to speak with those who have run into problems with Medicare Advantage–the privatized, for-profit Medicare that is so widely advertised.
Were you denied or charged more for Medigap because you had been on Medicare Advantage? We want to hear about it.
Call Kay at 502 636 1551 or email email@example.com.
5. Time to Abandon Pay For Performance
Time and Financial Costs for Physician Practices to Participate in the Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System: A Qualitative Study, JAMA Health Forum, May 14, 2021, by Dhruv Khullar, Amelia M. Bond, Eloise May O’Donnell, Yuting Qian, David N. Gans, and Lawrence P. Casalino
By Adam Gaffney, M.D., M.P.H.
There is little evidence, in other words, that P4P programs substantively improve care — and growing evidence that they further inflate our already enormous administrative costs while sapping the time and energy of practicing doctors. For these reasons, P4P should not be included in a Medicare for All reform.
6. Liz Fowler is Back! And She’s Writing US Health Policy Again
by Kay Tillow
June 7, 2021
So, if Americans are seeing their doctors less and spending fewer days in the hospital, why are we still spending more than wealthy countries on health care?
7. The Buffett-Bezos-Dimon-Gawande insurance fail? A powerful policy lesson!
How Amazon, JPMorgan, and Berkshire Hathaway took on America’s health care system—and lost, Fortune, June 1, 2021, by Erika Fry
By Don McCanne, M.D.
8. Build the Movement–Give to Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care
The corona virus pandemic exposes our need for a single payer health care system. None of us will be safe until all of us have care.
Your donations can help to hasten that day. You may contribute on line here.
Or make out your check to PNHP-KY and mail it to KSPH, PO Box 17595, Louisville, KY 40217
Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare
P. O. Box 17595
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 636 1551
Articles do not necessarily represent the position of KSPH.
- 150 protest against private health insurers
--via The Louisville Courier-Journal Demonstrators urge universal care in U.S. By Linsen Li The Courier-Journal Brent Humes has not had health insurance for 15 years. "At my past jobs, signing up for health insurance means cutting my paycheck in half," said Humes, who is currently unemployed. He was among about 150 people who gathered yesterday…
- Health reform plan is endorsed
--via The Louisville Courier-Journal Rep. Conyers urges single-payer system By Laura Ungar The Courier-Journal Despite resistance from President Barack Obama and some members of Congress, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan said yesterday he'll keep fighting for a publicly financed, privately delivered "single payer" health-care system that covers all Americans. "All who are ready to fight…
- Rev. David Bos of KSPH Speaking at Presbyterian Seminar for Single Payer Health Care in Pasadena
Pasadena, CA, May 2009 Rev. David Bos of Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care speaking at the Presbyterian Seminar for Single Payer Health Care and HR 676. Rev. Bos is a leader in the Presbyterian movement to educate and advocate for a single payer national health care plan. Rev. Bos Speaks in Pasadena
- KSPH Prepares Mass Mailing Announcing ‘Patients Not Profits’ Demonstration
Louisville, May 2009. Members of Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare preparing a mailing to 3,200 members and supporters announcing the upcoming demonstration, "Patients Not Profits" and the Presbyterian-sponsored seminar for HR 676, "Making Health Care Happen."
- Talk by Ewell G. Scott, MD
On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 a group of 30 interested citizens met at the Downtown Library in Lexington, Kentucky to hear Dr. Ewell Scott, a Morehead internist and recent recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Kentucky Medical Association, lead a discussion of how market-based private health insurance has failed the United States. He…
- Ewell G. Scott, MD Speaks – Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The Single Payer Solution to Our Health Care Crisis The US spends more per capita on health care than any other nation, yet trails the others in life expectancy, infant mortality, and other key indicators. 47 million have no insurance, and many millions more who have coverage go without needed care because they cannot afford…
- Learn all you can about health care alternatives
--via The Louisville Courier-Journal Learn all you can about health care alternatives By David Ross Stevens The Courier-Journal By now it is almost a cliche to say that America's health care system is broken. In response, many politicians who are calling for "reform" and "universal health coverage" are not, in fact, clarifying the situation because…
- Kentucky House passes resolution urging Congress to enact HR 676
In Frankfort on February 7, 2007, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed HR 81, a resolution endorsing HR 676, the National Health Insurance Act. Introduced by the Honorable Joni L. Jenkins (D), District 44 (Jefferson), the resolution was adopted by voice vote. Kentucky is the first state in the union to pass such legislation. Photo…
- Kentuckian Kay Tillow Receives Dr. Quentin Young Health Activist Award
Kay TillowA standing ovation and prolonged applause followed Dr. Quentin Young’s announcement that PNHP’s Dr. Quentin Young Health Activist Award was being given to Kay Tillow, Coordinator of Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare. The award reads, "In the finest tradition of activism for social change, she has brought the single payer vision to new constituencies."…
- Louisville Metro Council Endorses HR 676, Single Payer National Health Care
On October 12, the Louisville Metro Council passed a resolution endorsing HR 676, Congressman John Conyers' single payer U. S. National Health Insurance Act. The vote was 14 to 9. Health and Human Services Chair and District 3 Councilwoman Mary Woolridge sponsored the resolution and guided it through committee and floor debate. Woolridge spoke passionately…