“Lives on the Line” Rally for Healthcare in Louisville

On July 29, 2017, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care rallied with Indivisible and many others at Metro Hall in Louisville to insist that legislators recognize and implement the right of all to health care.   KSPH Vice Chair, Edgar Lopez, MD, FACS, and Secretary Harriette Seiler were among the featured      20376078_2039094242986279_3301665503518539025_nspeakers.  Dr. Lopez, who is bilingual and volunteers many hours at the Free Clinic in Butchertown, is pictured here holding the “Improved-Expanded Medicare for All” sign.

In the days before the rally, the Senate voted narrowly, 51 to 49, against a proposed bill that would have repealed major parts of the Affordable Care Act.  That Senate bill w20604250_2039094179652952_9150418127486774519_nould have stripped away coverage for millions according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The threat to take away care has galvanized the single payer movement across the country, as many recognize the precarious nature of the gains made and the problems that continue with 28 million still uninsured and many millions more who have insurance but are still unable to afford medicines and care.

The Courier-Journal covered the rally.

Harriette Seiler, below, a former Canadian, brought the message of what single payer health care has meant to her Canadian family and friends.  KSPH activist Antonio Wilson, left, faithfully attends every healt20374609_2039094249652945_5653991998981624156_nh care rally.  Photos by Holley Holland.