On November 9 and 10, 2018, Physicians for a National Health Program held their Leadership Training and Annual Meeting in San Diego. Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care joined with PNHP North Carolina in presenting the workshop on Chapter Building. On Friday evening everyone marched to the ICE Headquarters to join with community groups to express the demand for justice and health care for immigrants. On Saturday evening, the keynote address was given by Linda Rae Murray, MD, past president of the American Public Health Association. A full report will be available on the PNHP website.
On Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, Garrett Adams, MD, founder of Physicians for a National Health Program–KY, delivered the message at the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church in Louisville. The church featured the event in advance, and the attendance was larger than usual.
The children paraded with their Halloween outfits, and a pianist, violinist, and choir added music to the celebration.
A number of people spoke in solidarity with the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue that had so recently suffered a massive, hate-filled shooting.
Garrett delivered a hopeful message centered on the statistics showing majority physician and popular support for a health care plan that will cover everyone, be federally financed, be free of premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, and include all medically necessary care–an improved Medicare for All.
He told of the tragedy of the 30,000 who die each year needlessly because of a lack of insurance.
He included the story of Clay Morgan, a Henry County farmer and auto mechanic who took his own life rather than impoverish his family with the costs of a recurring cancer. “Statistics are people with the tears wiped dry,” he said.
He ended on a positive note that people can be more powerful than the corporations that seek to hold back progress in order to make profits in health care.
He encouraged activism to make it happen. “Power concedes nothing without a demand–without struggle there is no progress,” said Dr. Adams, concluding with the wisdom of Frederick Douglass.
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.
Stand Up for Improved Medicare for All, HR 676, & for Humana Workers, Fri. Oct. 5, 4 pm, 500 W. Main, Louisville
October 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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.
Humana workers: We’ve Got Your Back! Improved Medicare for All, HR 676!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. email@example.com
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.